Whenever I talk to my partner about their work at the Jewish nonprofit, I am struck by how *Soviet* their dilemmas are. My childhood heroes are all people who ended up homeless, in prison, or dead, because they could no longer bear making such compromises.
A handful of nonprofit organizations, which are run by and for the benefit of the wealthiest and most right-wing Jews, have a functional monopoly on Jewish community and relationships. They are killing us by degrees. They are misleading us into a spiritual and communal death. And by preventing us from effective participation in the revolt against capitalism and white supremacy, they doom us to a physical death as well.
They are McCarthyist organizations. They isolate radical and vulnerable Jews and cut us off from community and support. They soothe the conscience and cultivate the image of those Jews who benefit most from wealth, whiteness, and other normative identities. They stand in the way of Jewish cultural and political revival because they see it as a threat, just as they played a leading role in our cultural and political death in twentieth century North America.
They cut us off from other marginalized groups, who are our natural and necessary allies and collaborators. They are the chains that bind us, they are the Pharaoh’s overseers, they are the abusers that tell us that we can’t get along without them.
I pray that the staggering bureaucratic hypocrisy of the nonprofit industry will meet a public and final end, and that their demise will open the way for our collective liberation.