What is the future of progressive Zionism?

Progressive Israelis march in a pride parade in Tel Aviv in 2012. (U.S. Embassy Jerusalem/Flickr Creative Commons)

This week, JSpaceCanada’s president, Karen Mock, who is in her 70s, is stepping down to let a new, younger voice steer Canada’s largest organization that promotes both progressive and Zionist stances. Whoever takes over will face a difficult challenge: in a political climate marked by extreme polarization in favour of both Israel and Palestine, how do progressive Zionists make their pitch?

To discuss, we assembled an expert panel to dissect the issue. Avi and Ilana are joined by Sharon Koifman, founder of the organization “Progressive Zionists”; Jeremy Appel, a progressive journalist in Calgary and frequent contributor to The CJN; and Michael Morgenthau, a member of JSpaceCanada.

Plus, the hosts express their feelings about the recent hostage situation at Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas.

What we talked about

  • Visit Koifman’s “Progressive Zionists” group on Facebook
  • Learn about JSpaceCanada at JSpaceCanada.ca
  • Listen to The CJN Daily episode, “An exit interview with Karen Mock of JSpaceCanada”, at thecjn.ca


Bonjour Chai is hosted by Avi Finegold, Ilana Zackon and David Sklar. Michael Fraiman is the producer. Andre Goulet is the technical producer. Our theme music is by Socalled. The show is a co-production from The Jewish Learning Lab and The CJN, and is distributed by The CJN Podcast Network. Find more great Jewish podcasts at thecjn.ca.