|Women in Black, Union Square
began in the fall of 2001 in response to the need to
represent a dissenting Jewish voice following the September 11 attacks on
New York. In the midst of their grief over that tragedy, four Jewish women
saw an immediate need to heighten awareness of alternatives to war, and
particularly to bring visibility to Jewish women’s particular vision
of a peaceful solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict. Taking the Israeli
women’s group, Women in Black, as their model, these women began handing
out leaflets at Union Square once a week.
The vigil has grown and now includes women and men, Jews and non-Jews. While we are motivated by Jewish and feminist ethical considerations, we take pride in our ability to stand together across differences that are too often divisive. We have found that they need not be.