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Brit Tzedek v'Shalom

Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace

Chapter Activities

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Who We Are
To add your name to our Ann Arbor chapter mailing list and for more information about our activities and committees, please email us.


Upcoming Events

 


Past Events

SPONSORED BY ANN ARBOR BRIT TZEDEK V’SHALOM

Tuesday, October 13, 2009
7:30pm
Temple Beth Emeth Social Hall

Israeli-American Reporter Orly Halpern speaks to the Ann Arbor Jewish community on "Hamas, Iran, and the Arab World: what threatens Israel's existence, what does not, and why?" For more information please contact us by email.


Thursday, April 30, 2009

7:30pm
Temple Beth Emeth Social Hall

THE ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN CONFLICT: Where We Are, How We Got Here, and What Might Lie Ahead  a talk by Mark Tessler.  Professor Tessler will review developments associated with the failed Oslo peace process and key events during the post-Oslo period, including the Israeli pull-out from Gaza, the Hamas victory in the Palestinian elections of January 2006 and the recent Israel-Hamas confrontation in Gaza. For more information please contact us by email.


Saturday, February 28, 2009

Doors open at 6:30 / Film begins at 7:00
Michigan Theater

You are invited to a special showing of the critically acclaimed and academy award nominated Israeli film Waltz With Bashir. For more information contact us by email.

This is perhaps the most highly regarded film to ever come out of Israel.  The film deals with the Israeli 1982 invasion of Lebanon, and in particular the massacres at the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps. This special showing, hosted by Brit Tzedek vShalom, will include a brief presentation after the film about the storys relevance for today. Speakers will include Avi Eisbruch, who served as a doctor in the Israeli army in Lebanon, and was one of the earliest members of Peace Now.

Following these presentations in the theater, interested people are invited to a longer open discussion with light refreshments at the conveniently located 1st Baptist Church, which is just across the street from the back of the Michigan Theater from 9:15-10:30 pm which is located at 517 - E. Washington Street (just across the street from the back of the Michigan Theater)


Sunday, January 11, 2009

3:00pm
Jewish Community Center
2935 Birch Hollow
Ann Arbor, MI

The Ann Arbor Chapter of Brit Tzedek v'Shalom is offering a compassionate listening session, a safe space to express your feelings about the current situation and share ideas you may have for breaking the cycle of violence in a non-judgmental atmosphere.  This will be a time  for listening to each other; this will not be a debate. You will also have the opportunity to learn more about Brit Tzedek's current actions calling for a ceasefire, and commitment to finding a negotiated long-term solution. This session will be at about 4:30 at the JCC immediately following the Community Gathering for Peace for Israel hosted by the Jewish Federation of Greater Ann Arbor.

For more information please email us.


Friday, December 12, 2008
Ann Arbor’s Community High School

The program, "The Psychology of the Israeli Palestinian Conflict" will be presented by Professor Aaron Ahuvia.

Professor Aaron Ahuvia, a Brit Tzedek Board member, is an alumni of Community High School which he graduated from in 1981.


Monday, November 10, 2008

Special Invitation to Brit Tzedek members: Lunch with Rabbi Marc Gopin

Rabbi Marc Gopin, Professor of World Religions and Director of the Center on
Religion, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution at George Mason University’s Institute
for Conflict Analysis and Resolution.
To join Brit Tzedek members for lunch on Monday Nov 10, email Evelyn Neuhaus


Saturday, November 8 - Monday, November 10, 2008

Morikawa Conference - The Conference on Religion and Peacemaking brings Muslims, Jews, and Christians together to explore how the application of common religious concepts such as reconciliation and transformation can create a context for peace, justice and security for both Israel and Palestine. Participants will also consider how they can work together here in the United States to further those ends.

For more information: 2008 Morikawa Conference

Saturday, November 8 7:00-9:30 PM
First Baptist Church (map)

Sunday, November 9 1:30-9:00 PM
Rackham Building, 4th Floor, University of Michigan (map)

Monday, November 10 5:30-9:30 PM
First Baptist Church (map)

Co-Sponsored by Ann Arbor Chapter of BTVS


Wednesday, May 7

7:00 p.m.
Beth Israel, 2000 Washtenaw Ave, Ann Arbor

As part of Celebrate Israel @ 60, Beth Israel Congregation will host a onehour community wide Yom Hazikaron program. If you would like further details, please call 665-9897.

April 13th, Noon till 2pm
The Colonial Square Co-op Community Room [map]

The program will be: "How to Talk With your Jewish Friends about the Israeli Palestinian Conflict" A talk by Aaron Ahuvia

A light lunch and drinks will be served. Please RSVP by email so we know how much food to get. But if you forget to RSVP, come anyway!

People should park in non-reserved spots. Reserved spaces have a line across the end. There should be ample parking spaces. The facility is wheelchair accessible as is the washroom.

March 14-15
Temple Beth Emeth, co-sponsored by Brit Tzedek v’Shalom

Shabbaton with Rabbi Reuven Firestone on “One Holy Land, Two Holy Peoples: Islamic and Jewish Regard for the “Holy Land” and their impact on the Current Conflict.”

Join us for Shabbat dinner on Friday followed by a sermon by Rabbi Firestone. On Saturday, Shabbat Services will be followed by lunch and two interactive talks.  The  cost of the dinner is $9 per person. The cost for attending the Day of Learning on Saturday which begins after services is $18. $27 for Friday & Saturday. Scholarships
are available.  To register, please call 734-665-4744.

For more information please contact the Ann Arbor Chapter.

March 8
5:30pm Dinner reception at private residence
8:00pm JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Drive, Ann Arbor
Israel/Palestine Center for Research and Development (IPCRI) tour with Gerson Baskin and Hanna Siniora
Co-sponsor: The Jewish Federation of Washtenaw County, The Jewish Community Center of Washtenaw County, Temple Beth Emeth, The Jewish Cultural Society, The Ann Arbor Reconstructionist Havurah, and The Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice
For more information or to RSVP, please email

March 7
12:30-2:30pm, University of Michigan Student Union, Ann Arbor
Israel/Palestine Center for Research and Development (IPCRI) tour with Gerson Baskin and Hanna Siniora
Sponsor: Ann Arbor Chapter of Brit Tzedek v'Shalom
Co-sponsor: The Union of Progressive Zionists
For more information, contact Miriam Liebman by email

7:30pm, First Baptist Church, 512 East Huron Street, Ann Arbor
Israel/Palestine Center for Research and Development (IPCRI) tour with Gerson Baskin and Hanna Siniora
Sponsor: Ann Arbor Chapter of Brit Tzedek v'Shalom,
Co-sponsor: First Baptist Church of Ann Arbor, The Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice, and Ann Arbor Friends Meeting
For more information, contact Michael Appel by email

March 6
6:00-8:30pm, 1011 Institute for Advanced Vehicle Systems (IAVS)
Israel/Palestine Center for Research and Development (IPCRI) tour with Gerson Baskin and Hanna Siniora
Sponsor: Ann Arbor Chapter of Brit Tzedek v'Shalom
Co-sponsor: the University of Michigan and its Difficult Dialogues Program
For more information, contact Michael Appel by email

November 8, 2007
8:00 PM
Jewish Community Center of Washtenaw County
2935 Birch Hollow Drive, Ann Arbor

Please join us for a talk with Rabbi Arik Ascherman, Executive Director of Rabbis for Human Rights, with Introduction/Remarks by Rabbis Rob Dobrusin and Bob Levy. Since 1988, Rabbi Ascherman and his colleagues have continued with their moral and courageous work defending the human rights of both Jews and Palestinians.  For all who care deeply about Israel and who are committed to a just and peaceful resolution of the conflict in the Middle East, Rabbis for Human Rights upholds the moral vision of Israel, maintaining Jewish values in the face of devastating violence.

Co-sponsored by Ann Arbor Reconstructionist Havurah, Beth Israel Congregation, Brit Tzedek v’Shalom (Ann Arbor), Jewish Community Center of Washtenaw County, Jewish Cultural Society, Pardes Hannah, Temple Beth Emeth, Union of Progressive Zionists (U of M Hillel)

For more information please contact the Ann Arbor Chapter.

April 24, 7:30pm
In the Lower Level gCoreh at Temple Beth Emet, 2309 Packard, Ann Arbor, Brit Tzedek vfShalom presents a talk by Aaron Ahuvia, on "The Psychology of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict." Dr. Ahuvia will talk about how a well-founded lack of trust on both sides has contributed to the continuation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This talk shows how psychological factors influence the biases in the way each side looks at the other, and suggests practical ways of getting past these obstacles to achieve a lasting peace. Dr. Ahuvia is a National Board Member of Brit Tzedek v'Shalom, Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace, and is founding co-chair of its Ann Arbor Chapter. Contact us for more information.

Congressional Advocacy
The Ann Arbor Chapter is now gathering a group of members and supporters who will somewhat frequently and regularly communicate with Senator Levin, Senator Stabenow, Representative Dingell and their staffs about Brit Tzedek positions on Middle East issues, and who will provide them with reliable information about the Israelis and the Palestinians. All those interested in participating should contact Aaron Ahuvia.

February 13, 2007
Talk by Aaron Ahuvia: The Psychology of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.
7:30PM, Temple Beth Emeth, 2309 Packard Road, Ann Arbor
With polls showing that a solid majority of Israelis and Palestinians support a two-state solution, why is peace so difficult to achieve? Aaron Ahuvia argues that basic human psychology, and a well-founded lack of trust on both sides, have been significant contributing factors to the continuation of the conflict.

This talk provides an accessible explanation of current psychological research, shows how this causes biases in the way both sides look at the other, and suggests practical ways of getting past these obstacles to achieve a lasting peace. A special focus will be placed on the American Jewish community and what we can do to help Israelis and Palestinians forge a peaceful future.

February 11, 2007
Talk by Rabbi Arthur Waskow: The Tent of Abraham: Stories of Hope and Peace for Jews, Christians, and Muslims
10:00AM, Jewish Community Center, 2937 Birch Hollow
This talk is based on Rabbi Waskows book which he co-authored with Sister Joan Chittister and Murshi Saadi Shakur Chisti. The book models the difficult task of honest interfaith dialogue, and brings together diverse interpretations of the Abraham story as a basis for understanding our own faith and that of others.

January 23, 2007
Combatants for Peace
7:30pm, Jewish Community Center of Washtenaw County, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr.
Sponsor: Ann Arbor Chapter of Brit Tzedek v'Shalom
For more information, contact Clare Kinberg by email or Rebecca Kanner by email.
For more information on the Combatants for Peace tour, including bios, please click here.

July 16, 2006
Combatants for Peace
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm, Chapter Meeting and Discussion of the Crises in Gaza. Many people have voiced understandable concern about the kidnapping of the Israeli soldier and Israel's response in Gaza. The Ann Arbor Brit Tzedek chapter will be holding a membership meeting in one week, on Sunday July 16, to discuss the issues and how we should respond. This will be mostly an informal discussion, but will include a conference phone call with our national leadership to discuss what we are doing to help improve the situation.

Please bring a dessert, snack or beverage if you are able, but feel free to come even if it isn't possible for you to bring something. For location and directions, or if you have any other questions please email Aaron Ahuvia.

June 11, 2006
FIRST ANNUAL ANN ARBOR BRIT TZEDEK RETREAT BRUNCH
This last year has marked tremendous growth and success for Brit Tzedek. American policy in the Middle East is still not what we would like; nonetheless, together, our actions have made a tangible positive difference at some crucial moments. For example, we mobilized 400 American Rabbis to sign a letter voicing Jewish opposition to the proposal that the US cut off all humanitarian aid to the Palestinian people, and Brit Tzedek?s actions had a significant influence on maintaining desperately needed humanitarian aid through non-governmental channels. Despite whatever setbacks may arise, a negotiated two state solution remains the only viable path to peace. And I?m proud of the fact that we have reacted to some potentially discouraging news over the past year, with renewed determination. Much of our success has been due to the synergies we gain from integrating local and national activities. Thus, increasing the strength of our local chapters is absolutely critical to accelerating our success. And since the coming few years will be pivotal to Israel?s future, your participation in our Ann Arbor chapter is greatly appreciated.

This retreat will be an opportunity for all chapter members to strategize together about what we should do over the next year. We will plan major chapter activities to put that focus into action. It will also be an opportunity to become more acquainted with other chapter members. Your input is needed to make the coming BTvS year successful and effective. Please feel free to contact us by email.

March 11, 2006
ZEITOUNA DOCUMENTARY TRAILER and THE PSYCHOLOGY OF THE ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN CONFLICT
4:00 - 5:30 pm Jewish Community Center, 2937 Birch Hollow. Sponsored by The Ann Arbor Reconstructionist Havurah *Zeitouna Documentary Trailer* (4:00 - 4:45 pm) Please come on time!!! Invite your friends who might have missed the other Zeitouna presentations around town!!! Havurah Member and Documentary Producer Evelyn Neuhaus will introduce and lead a discussion on the Zeitouna Documentary Trailer. Zeitouna is a local women?s Jewish/Arab dialogue group. Their mission is to “embody and promote peaceful coexistence of the Arab and Jewish peoples through connection, trust, empathy and actions focused on supporting a sustainable future for the two peoples.”

*The Psychology of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict* (4:45 - 5:30 pm) Polls tell us that the Israel and Palestinian populations are both largely support a two-state solution. Why then is peace so difficult to achieve? Aaron Ahuvia teaches and conducts research about how people form opinions and emotional attachments, and how these effect their behavior. Aaron argues that basic human psychology and a well-founded lack of trust on both sides have been significant contributing factors to the continuation of the conflict. This event will include a short lecture about some basic aspects of human psychology, followed by a participative discussion about how we see these reflected in views about the conflict. We will also discuss how understanding these issues can help us devise more effective strategies for resolving the conflict. These two events will be followed by other programming from the Ann Arbor Reconstructionist Havurah, which is a progressive Jewish congregation. If you are interested in learning more about this group, or would just like to participate, you are encouraged to stick around. CHILDCARE is also available as part of this Jewish programming for the Purim holiday. 4:00 pm ? CHILDREN?S PURIM ACTIVITIES ? BRING SNACK AND A CHILD IN COSTUME 5:45 pm ? Havdalah Service 6:00 pm ? Potluck Dinner?please bring a vegetarian/dairy dish to pass 6:45 pm ? HAVURAH PURIM TALENT SHOW! Come and support the Havurah Performers for this fun event! This event is open to everyone!

February 26, 2006
TOWN HALL CONFERENCE CALL WITH AKIVA ELDAR 2:45 pm Ann Arbor Brit Tzedek v'Shalom will be hosting a phone hook up to a Town Hall meeting with Haaretz journalist Akiva Eldar at 2:45. The phone call will take place at 3:00. For more info and directions, please contact Aaron Ahuvia at 975-9045 or email us.

November 8, 2005
Brit Tzedek v’Shalom CEO Diane Balser will be speaking on the topic of “The Prospects for Peace Post-Disengagement: The Role of American Jews” 7:00 pm, University of Michigan Hillel, 1429 Hill Street.

June 2005
On June 5 representatives from the Ann Arbor chapter met with Rep. Dingell in his Dearborn, MI office. The meeting was extremely productive, and we look forward to a continued involvement with the Congressman. To find out how you can become involved in the chapter´s advocacy activities send an email.

April 18, 2005
Daniel Levy and Rafi Dajani at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Michigan UnionAnderson Rooms A, B, and C from 5:30-6:30pm. This event is free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by Michigan Peaceworks, University of Michigan Hillel, College Democrats, SAFE, Union of Progressive Zionists at UM-Ann Arbor, MSA Peace and Justice Commission, and Brit Tzedek v´Shalom, Ann Arbor chapter.

Peace by Piece-An Interfaith Passover Seder to raise funds for Gate to Humanity/Shaar La´Adam/Bawabal -Ilensanat Temple Beth Emeth and St. Clare´s Episcopal Church (located in the same building), 2309 Packard Street (Packard and Jewett Avenue) at 7:00pm.Co-sponsored by Temple Beth Emeth, St. Clare´s Episcopal Church and Brit Tzedek v´Shalom, Ann Arbor chapter.

Discussion with Daniel Levy and Rafi Dajani at 8:30pm following the Interfaith Peace Seder (see above). Daniel Levy and Rafi Dajani made a short presentation about the conflict and lead a discussion about the current situation in Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and what we can do to promote a peaceful future.

April 16, 2005
The Ann Arbor Chapter joined Daniel Levy and Rafi Dajani for dinner and discussion at Dynasty Chinese Restaurant (private banquet room), 4675 Washtenaw AvenueAnn Arbor at 6:30pm. This event is sponsored by Brit Tzedek v'Shalom, Ann Arbor chapter.

April 3, 2005
The Ann Arbor Brit Tzedek Chapter will be sponsoring Orit Kamir, UM International Visiting Professor of Law and Founder of the Israeli Center for Human Dignity, speaking on "Social Norms, Gender Politics and the Law." For more information, please email us.

March 19, 2005
The Ann Arbor Brit Tzedek Chapter will be distributing literature and soliciting signatures for our Second Message to the President during readings by Israeli-American poet Yosefa Raz from her book, In Exchange for a Homeland. Like the underground water sources of Jerusalem that she evokes, Yosefa Raz' poems attempt to uncover the hidden narratives of her family and the Israeli psyche. While each day's news brings us the violence and political maneuvers of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, these poems will interest anyone who has longed for a more complex and insightful look at the metaphorical realities that underlie the conflict, and by examining them grow more human. The reading will be co-hosted by the Ann Arbor Reconstructionist Havurah and by BRIDGES: A Jewish Feminist Journal.This event will take place at the Washtenaw County Jewish Community Center. For more information, please email us.

March 7, 2005
The Ann Arbor Chapter distributed literature and collected signatures to the Second Message to the President during a talk by Professor of International Law David Kretzmer entitled "Human Rights Law in Israel" presented at Temple Beth Emeth, the Reform congregation in Ann Arbor. Kretzmer thinks that the right of return is an inextricable part of the Palestinian ethos. Therefore, he advocates many negotiations, each dealing with a specific issue (e.g., West Bank check points) rather than a comprehensive final status negotiation.

November 11, 2004
The Ann Arbor Chapter sponsored a presentation by Rabbi Arik Ascherman, Executive Director of the Israel based Rabbis for Human Rights, entitled "Jewish Values and Human Rights: Sustaining the Moral Vision." Rabbi Ascherman's talk was cosponsored by Beth Israel Congregation and Temple Beth Emeth, Ann Arbor's Conservative and Reform congregations, respectively. The talk was attended by more than 200 people. Among the many important points made by Rabbi Ascherman were that the destruction of Palestinian homes and trees are halachically forbidden, and that divestment of the stock of firms doing business in/with Israel is collective punishment.

October 21, 2004
At a packed house of over 100 people, Brit Tzedek President and former Member of Knesset, Marcia Freedman, spoke about Israel´s Road to Peace: The Role of American Jews.

October 17, 2004
A representative of the Ann Arbor Chapter and a Palestinian representative of BRIDGES spoke on "Supporting the Israeli and Palestinian Peace Parties" before the membership of the Jewish Cultural Society, the Ann Arbor secular Jewish community organization. The talk included an introduction to Brit Tzedek, an explanation of the cost of the conflict to Israelis and Palestinians, who the peace parties are and what their programs are, and the solicitation of the names of people who were ready to commit. More than ten people signed up to provide financial and other support.

September 12, 2004
The Ann Arbor Chapter co-sponsored the Federation "Apples and Honey" Rosh Hashanah celebration. Literature was distributed and many signed the Open Letter from American Jews to the Next President.

June 20, 2004
Brit Tzedek Assistant Director, Jessica Rosenblum, spoke about Brit Tzedek´s campaign: "The Spirit of Geneva." Co-sponsored with Temple Beth Emeth, Ann Arbor.

June 5, 2004
The Brit Tzedek Ann Arbor chapter hosted a Community Dialogue on the question "What does supporting Israel mean"? The event was cosponsored by Beth Israel Congregation, Jewish Cultural Society, Jewish Federation of Washtenaw County, The Reconstructionist Havurah Temple Beth Emeth, and other Jewish organizations. Over 300 community members were in attendance.

Summer 2004
The Ann Arbor Brit Tzedek Chapter sponsored the formation of BRIDGES, a social organization for Israelis, Palestinians and their children. BRIDGES first event was a picnic held in a local park. It was attended by about 100 people, who were so enthusiastic that they immediately set about planning events for the coming winter and spring.

March 25, 2004
Israel Defense Forces Maj. Stav Adivi spoke on "Why Refusniks Refuse." The talk was cosponsored with the Progressive Israel Alliance.


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