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Brit Tzedek v'Shalom

Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace


Chapter Activities

Austin, TX

To add your name to our Austin chapter mailing list and for more information about our activities and committees, please email us.

Upcoming Events




Past Events

SPONSORED BY AUSTIN BRIT TZEDEK V’SHALOM

Sunday, May 25
10:30 AM

Congregation Beth Israel, 3901 Shoal Creek Blvd,
Austin, TX 78756 Refreshments will be served

Beth Israel welcomes Shuli Dichter, the Jewish co-executive director of Sikkuy:
The Association for the Advancement of Civic Equality

You are invited to hear Shuli discuss challenges to, and solutions for, advancing civic equality between Arabs and Jews in Israel.  Join us for a conversation in the chapel:

Shuli Dichter, an Israeli Jew who has dedicated his life to ending the gaps and inequality between Jewish and Arab citizens of Israel, will talk about the challenges and solutions for making the 1.2 million Arab citizens of Israel equal.

Wednesday, April 9th at 6:30 PM
"Israel at 60: Settlements, The U.S., The Peace Process, and the Last Chance for a Two State Solution"
University of Texas Austin. CBA Building [link]

Hagit Ofran is the director of Israeli organization Peace Now’s Settlement Watch. Settlement Watch monitors – and protests – the building of settlements, including housing tenders, expropriation of lands, budget allocations, and the like, along with studying settlers attitudes regarding possible evacuation (and compensation) in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Sponsored by the Texas Progressive Jewish Alliance, the Union of Progressive Zionists, the Foundation for Middle East Peace, and Brit Tzedek v’Shalom – Austin Chapter

June 18-20, 2006
Austin Chapter Members participated in National Advocacy Days in Washington, DC. In DC, they had the opportunity to meet with Rep. Lloyd Doggett (pictured below).

From L to R: Joanne Witt, Rep. Doggett, David Albert, Rachel Walsh & Linda Iacovini


March 25, 2006
This was a chance to learn, ask questions, and discuss in an informal setting. We will ate and then had a discussion about the Israeli election (which happened on March 28) and how it will affect Israel, Jews, and the peace process. For more information and directions, please contact David Albert.

June 3, 2005
Members of Brit Tzedek’s Austin chapter had a successful meeting on Friday, June 3rd with the district director for Democratic Rep. Lloyd Doggett. The delegation consisted of 7 people including a local rabbi. The chapter is looking forward to organizing a meeting with Rep. Michael McCaul in the coming months. To find out how you can become involved in the chapter's advocacy activities send an email.

April 1, 2005
Brit Tzedek - Austin Chapter invites you to attend asCongregation Beth Israel and Temple Beth Shalompresent Ron Young,Co-coordinator, National Interreligious Leadership Initiative for Peace in the Middle East

Young spoke at an early Friday evening service at Congregation Beth Israel at 6:00 pm, 3901 Shoal Creek Boulevard, Austin. Young spoke at a later service at Temple Beth Shalom at 7:45 pm, Dell Jewish Community Center, Community Hall, 7300 Hart Lane, Austin. For more information, contact chapter@btvshalom.org.

February 5, 2005
Naomi Chazan spoke at Temple Beth Shalom, "Is there a Left Left in Israel"?

February 4, 2005
11:30am: Naomi Chazan will spoke on "The Effect of the Current Political Situation on Israeli Society."Co-sponsored by the JCRC.

2:30pm: Naomi Chazan addressed the "Status of Women in Israel" at the UT campus with the Middle East Studies department.

9:30pm: Naomi Chazan spoke at Congregation Beth Israel on Friday night. She addressed foreign and domestic issues facing Israel today.

February 3, 2005
11:30am: Naomi Chazan spoke about "The Effect of the Current Political Situation on Israeli Society." Co-sponsored by the JCRC.

7:00pm: Former Deputy Speaker of the Knesset, Naomi Chazan spoke about developments in the peace process at the University of Texas. The talk was followed by a question and answer session. Co-sponsored by the Austin Chapter of Brit Tzedek v'Shalom and Texans for Israel/Texas Hillel.

January 4, 2005
St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church hosted the presentation of Promises, presented by David Albert, a National Board member of Brit Tzedek v'Shalom 7:00pm.


Local Press Coverage
  • The Jewish Outlook
    September 2007
    Israeli policy, local backlash alienate some in Austin Jewish community
    When American Jews question Israeli policy toward Palestinians, they frequently are criticized
  • KXAN-TV 36
    August 22, 2005
    Austinites Watching Gaza Strip Removal
    The last Jewish settlers have been removed from the Gaza Strip, and for some Austinites, this historical moment is hitting close to home.
  • The Jewish Outlook
    June 2004
    Trip to Israel Finds Despair against Backdrop of Murky Shades of Gray
    I recently traveled to Israel and the West Bank with a delegation from the Fellowship of Reconciliation to learn firsthand what life is like today for Israelis and Palestinians. Our delegation's goals included trying to understand both peoples as human beings, not stereotypes.
  • The Daily Texan
    October 22, 2002
    Group Calls for Middle East Peace
    "A Hebrew proverb says, "Opinions founded on prejudice are always sustained with the greatest violence." The Israeli and Palestinian Bereaved Families' Forum for Peace visited Austin and the UT campus Monday to combatprejudice and to testify to the urgent need for peace in the Middle East."
  • News 8 Austin
    October 21, 2002
    Bereaved Family Members Put Face on Middle Eastern Conflict
    In Austin, people welcomed Mashka Litvak and Khalid Karoof -- one an Israeli, the other Palestinian -- who have lost their brothers in similar attacks.


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