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Brit Tzedek v'Shalom

Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace

Chapter Activities

Capital District (Albany-Schenectady-Troy) of New York

Who We Are
Chapter Steering Committee: Paul Tick (co-chair), Judy Wienman (co-chair), Jack Alexander (co-chair), David Coplon (co-chair), Ethan Bloch (spokesperson)
To add your name to our Albany chapter mailing list and for more information about our activities and committees, please email us.

Upcoming Events


Past Events

SPONSORED BY ALBANY BRIT TZEDEK V'SHALOM

Thursday, May 14, 2009
7:30 p.m.
Temple Sinai

Straddling the Fence, produced by Thomas L. Friedman, chronicles his travel to Israel for a look at the causes and potential consequences of the security wall under construction - a barrier between Israel and Palestine.  Following the movie there will be a dialogue led by Guest Moderator Bob Gluck who has served as Executive Director of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association, as the first Director of Outreach for the Jewish Reconstructionist Federation, and as a pulpit rabbi.


Thursday, May 7, 2009

7:30 p.m.
Temple Sinai

Please join us for a showing of Land of the Settlers, Directed by Chaim Yavin.  In the movie Yavin reveals his own complicated and conflicted perspective of the occupation and the complex web of viewpoints and relations among Palestinians, Israeli settlers, the Israeli army, and other Israeli citizens both within Israel and on the West Bank.  Following the movie there will be a dialogue led by Guest Moderator Gerry Magnes who directs a statewide computer training project for the State Office of Children and Family Services.


Thursday, April 30th, 2009

7:30pm
Temple Sinai
 
Please join us for a showing of the film Encounter Point which follows a former Israeli settler, a Palestinian ex-prisoner, a bereaved Israeli mother and a wounded Palestinian bereaved brother who risk their lives and public standing to promote a nonviolent end to the conflict. Their journeys lead them to the unlikeliest places to confront hatred within their communities.  Following the movie there will be a moderated discussion.


Sunday March 15, 2009

9:30 a.m.
Temple Beth Emeth
Albany, NY
 
Ethan Bloch, a founding member of Brit Tzedek will be part of a panel discussion along with a representative of AIPAC.


Sunday, March 1

3:00 P.M.
Hubbard Interfaith Sanctuary at the College of St. Rose.
 
Ethan Bloch, a founding member of Brit Tzedek will be part of a panel discussion entitled "Do You Hear the Other Side"?


Saturday, January 31, 2009

8:00pm
Temple Sinai
Saratoga Springs, NY
 
Ethan Bloch, a founding member of Brit Tzedek  will lead a discussion on "The Israeli/Palestinian Conflict: A Pro-Peace and Pro-Israel Perspective." Rabbis Linda Motzkin and Jonathan Rubenstein will open the evening with a celebration of Havdalah  and then introduced Ethan and Brit Tzedek v'Shalom.


Sunday, November 23, 2008
2:00 PM

Hubbard Interfaith Sanctuary, College of St. Rose, 959 Madison Ave., Albany, NY

THE ISRAEL-PALESTINE CONFLICT: A TURNING POINT with Ghaith al-Omari, author of “Palestinian Perspectives on the Israel-Palestine Conflict” with moderator Rabbi Debora S. Gordon of Congregation Berith Sholom of Troy, NY

Admission free: donation appreciated
Presented by: Capital District Chapter of Brit Tzedek v’Shalom, Sidney Albert Interfaith Lecture Series Board, Interfaith Alliance of New York State, Commission on Peace & Justice of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany

For more information and directions please email chapter@btvshalom.org


Saturday, November 22, 2008
3:00 PM

Bethlehem Public Library, 451 Delaware Ave., Delmar, NY

THE ISRAEL-PALESTINE CONFLICT: A TURNING POINT with Ghaith al-Omari, author of “Palestinian Perspectives on the Israel-Palestine Conflict” and Diane Balser, Interim Executive Director of Brit Tzedek v'Shalom and author of “The Israel-Palestine Conflict, American Politics and American Jews.”

Admission free: donation appreciated
Presented by: Brit Tzedek v’Shalom and Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace

For more information and directions please email chapter@btvshalom.org


Sunday, October 26, 2008 at 7:00 PM

At the home of David & Jean Shub
Dessert and Talk by Ethan Bloch, Professor, Department of Mathematics Bard College. Ethan is a past chairman of the Brit Tzedek local chapter.  He has just returned from a sabbatical year in Israel. He will present his perspective on the Israel-Palestine conflict and then lead a general conversation about the path to peace.

For more information and directions please email chapter@btvshalom.org


Wednesday, October 15, 2008

At the home of David & Jean Shub
Professor Yyarom Meital, Professor of Middle East Studies at Ben Gurion University, will speak on origins of the "generous offer;terrorist response" myth about Camp David and the destructive consequences of that myth.

For more information and directions please email chapter@btvshalom.org


Sunday, October 21, 2007
Berith Sholom
167 3rd St
Troy, NY 12180

Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam ("Oasis of Peace") is a village between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv where Israeli Jews and Arabs live together. Among its activities, the village runs a School for Peace and a Pluralistic Spiritual Center.

The Capital District Chapter of Brit Tzedek is pleased to co-sponsor with Congregation Berith Sholom and Troy Area United Ministries an event featuring Ahmad Hijazi, former mayor and current Director of Public Relations of Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam. Deanna Armbuster, Executive Director of American Friends of Neve Shalom-Wahat al-Salam will accompany Ahmad.


October 15 , 2007, 5:30pm
Sari Nusseibeh
will speak at Skidmore. He has been in the middle of the Israel-Plaestine conflict for a generation, and has been a consistent voice for a humane solution.


April 22, 2007
Brit Tzedek v'Shalom House Party

At Magnesses
3 Linda Lane, Schenectady, NY 12309 - off of Old Valley and Valley Roads.

We'll start with a presentation and discussion on the current
Israeli-Palestinian situation, and then we'll work on organizing the next
steps for our Chapter.

Ethan Bloch will speak. Ethan is a past chairman of our local chapter. Part of his schooling was in Israel, and he
and his family spend summers in Israel. All will be given the opportunity to ask questions and air views.

We'll then move on to organizing. Our Combatants events in January generated a lot of interest. We want to capitalize on that. Also Brit Tzedek v' Shalom's new "Let's Talk" campaign gives us lots to do.

Dessert and coffee/tea will be served.


January 20, 2007--DELMAR, NY
4pm, Bethlehem Town Hall, 445 Delaware Ave.
Sponsor: Capitol District Chapter of Brit Tzedek v'Shalom
Co-sponsor: Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace
For more information, contact Jack Alexander by email or (518) 674-8582

For more information on the Combatants for Peace Tour, including bios of the speakers and a description of Combatants for Peace, please click here.


Saturday, January 20, 2007
Combatants for Peace Tour

Congregation Berith Shalom
167 Third Street, Troy
Brit Tzedek's Combatants for Peace Tour will be coming to Troy on Saturday, January 20, 2007. The two speakers, Elik Elhanan and Sulaiman Al Hamri, will be giving a talk at 8:00 PM at Congregation Berith Shalom, located at 167 Third Street, Troy. Congregation Berith Shalom and Temple Gates of Heaven of Schenectady are co-sponsoring this event with Brit Tzedek. For more information on this event, please contact Jack Alexander by email or at (518) 674-8582.


November 6, 2006

Capital District Brit Tzedek v'Shalom Attending Greenberg Lecture Series on the Middle East
Join the Capital District of Brit Tzedek v'Shalom as we attend the Greenberg Lecture Series on the Middle East, sponsored by Skidmore College. This will be the third lecture in this series we will be attending. The lecture is on “Middle East Conflicts: Rebellion, Revolution, Resistance or Civil War?” by Lisa Anderson and James T. Shotwell, located at Gannett Auditorium, Palamountain Hall at 8:00 PM. Carpooling: For information, email us.


October 10, 2006

Capital District Brit Tzedek v'Shalom Attending Greenberg Lecture Series on the Middle East
Join the Capital District of Brit Tzedek v'Shalom as we attend the Greenberg Lecture Series on the Middle East, sponsored by Skidmore College. This will be the second lecture in this series we will be attending. The lecture is on “Hamas and Hezbollah: Risk, Conflict, and Democracy” by Robert Malley, located at Gannett Auditorium, Palamountain Hall at 8:00 PM. Carpooling: For information, email us. If you live in a convenient location and would like to provide a meeting place for the October 10 or November 6 lectures, please email us.

Monday, October 9, 2006
Open Sukkah
Rabbi Deb Gordon and Judy Weinman invite Brit Tzedek members to their Open
Sukkah on Monday, October 9, from 2:00 to 6:00 at their new farm. Please RSVP so they will know how many people to expect.


September 21, 2006

Capital District Brit Tzedek v'Shalom Attending Greenberg Lecture Series on the Middle East
Join the Capital District of Brit Tzedek v'Shalom as we attend the Greenberg Lecture Series on the Middle East, sponsored by Skidmore College. This Thursday we will be attending "Re-reading the Islamic Revolution: From February 11 (1979) to September 11 (2001)," a conversation with Hamid Dabashi and Hagop, located in Payne Room, Tang Museum at 8:00 PM.


June 2005

On June 8, representatives from the New York and Albany chapters met with an aide in the office of Sen. Schumer. The meeting was a great success and hopefully will lay the foundation for future meetings. Jack Alexander, Albany chapter chair, also joined other Brit Tzedek activists in DC for the National Advocacy Days, meeting with the offices of Sen. Schumer and Clinton. To find out how you can become involved in the chapter’s advocacy activities send an email.


January 16, 2005

Chapter meeting: 5:00-7:00pm at the Campus Center of Sage College, Room 347.

Press Releases
  • 4/1/03  NY Capital District Launches Chapter of Brit Tzedek v'Shalom
    [read more]
Local Press Coverage
  • The Daily Gazette of Schenectady
    March 2, 2009
    Bridging faiths is path to peace
    The solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is not easy, but it must first start with people from each side understanding what the other side has to say. “I believe we can hear the other side,” said Ethan Bloch, co-founder of advocacy group Brit Tzedek v’Shalom (the Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace) at the Interfaith Dialogue on the Middle East, adding that the problem is people do not take the opportunity to hear the other views. Read More

  • The Times Union
    February 27, 2008
    Interfaith panel on Middle East conflict set for Sunday
    During the recent violence in Gaza, members of the Interfaith Alliance of New York State said they felt the need for calm dialogue, to learn from each other rather than score debating points about the crisis in the Middle East. Read More

  • The Daily Gazette of Schenectady
    November 24, 2008
    Middle East divide not so vast, Palestinian says
    Aziz Abu Sarah, a Palestinian who grew up in Israel, recalled running away from soldiers and being shot at when he was 7 years old. “There is no normal childhood over there,” he said before about 50 people Sunday at the Hubbard Interfaith Sanctuary at The College of Saint Rose. Read More

  • Jewish World
    April 12, 2007
    Letter to the Editor
    In a recent letter to The Jewish World, Jack Lauber again distorts the message of Brit Tzedek v'Shalom and attempts to smear us by linking us to anti-Zionist groups. We have responded in the past to his unfair charges. Read More

  • WNYT
    January 20, 2007
    Israeli, Palestinian in area to promote peace
    Two ex-combatants in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict appeared in  the Capital Region Saturday to urge leaders to find a peaceful solution in the area. Elik Elhanan and Sulaiman Al Hamri, who founded the Combatants for  Peace' two years ago, visited Temple Berith Sholom in Troy to  promote their ideas and answer questions. The group is made up of people once active in fighting who've decided to put down their guns and fight for peace instead. Read More

  • Albany Time Union
    January 20, 2007
    From opposite sides, paths converge for peace
    Danielle Furfaro
    A decade ago, Elik Elhanan and Sulaiman Al Hamri were instruments in one of the longest raging conflicts in the world. Elhanan was a young Israeli soldier, fighting for the security of his country. Al Hamri was a Palestinian protester, battling for a country that no longer existed. Read More

  • The Jewish World (Albany, NY)
    September 2006
    To the Jewish World Letterbox - Jack Alexander [read more]

  • The Daily Gazette
    September 2006
    Letter to the Editor - Jack Alexander [read more]

  • The Daily Gazette
    July 20, 2006
    Letter to the Editor - David Coplon [read more]

  • The Jewish World (Albany, NY)
    November 10, 2005
    Brit Tzedek Meets Congressman McNulty [read more]

  • The Jewish World (Albany, NY)
    January 23, 2003
    Letter to the Editor [read more]

  • The Jewish World (Albany, NY)
    January 9, 2003
    Brit Tzedek v'Shalom plans first meeting
    "We formed a chapter of Brit Tzedek to broaden the range of views heard about the Israeli/Palestinian conflict in the Capital District Jewish community," says Judy Wienman, co-chairperson of the local chapter. "We want to encourage open discussion of what constitutes support for Israel, and to promote tolerance for diverse political opinions." [read more]
Articles
  • Can Support for Israel Include Criticism of Israeli Government Policy?
    A discussion of whether American Jews who support Israel must publicly support all the policies of the current Israeli government, or whether they can include criticism of these policies as part of their support for Israel, by Ethan Bloch of the Capital District steering committee.  [read more]

  • What Led to the Current Situation in Israel?
    A discussion of the background to the current violence in Israel, including a discussion of what went wrong at the Camp David negotiations, and the reaction of the American Jewish community to the events in Israel, by Ethan Bloch of the Capital District steering committee.  [read more]
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