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Brit Tzedek v'Shalom

Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace

Chapter Activities

Durham/Chapel Hill, North Carolina

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

Upcoming Events


Sunday, February 15
7:30pm
Judea Reform Congregation
1933 West Cornwallis Road, Durham

Gershom Gorenberg will speak with the Durham/Chapel Hill, North Carolina chapter of Brit Tzedek v'Shalom about his book, The Accidental Empire. For more information contact us by email.


Past Events

SPONSORED BY DURHAM/CHAPEL HILL BRIT TZEDEK V’SHALOM

January 4, 2009
7:30PM
Judea Reform Congregation
1933 W. Cornwallis Road
Durham, NC

Congressman David Price will discuss the war in Gaza, its impact on Israel and the Palestinians, and its effect on long hopes for peace.  
After a presentation, our congressman will take questions.  
This event is co-sponsored by Brit Tzedek v'Shalom and Judea Reform Congregation.


March 7, 7:30 PM

"Rabbi Jeremy Milgrom: On Being a Rabbi and a Pacifist
At the Freeman Center of Duke University
Please join us for an informal discussion with Rabbi Jeremy Milgrom, renowned Israeli peace activist, pacifist, and leader in the Palestinian-Israeli interfaith peace effort, on Weds., Mar. 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the Freeman Center of Duke University. An American-born rabbi who moved to Israel in 1968, Rabbi Milgrom is a founding member of Rabbis for Human Rights and served as RHR's co-director from 1995-1998. Rabbi Milgrom is a pioneer in interfaith partnerships with Christian and Moslem Palestinians and together with Rev. Shehadeh Shehadeh, he founded and directed Clergy for Peace. Since 1998 he has been active in bringing hundreds of volunteers to the West Bank to tutor Bedouin children who were forcibly moved there from the Negev. Rabbi Milgrom is a frequent lecturer in Israel and abroad on resolving the Middle East conflict and the religious roots of non-violence; he recently wrote "Let Your Love for Me Vanquish Your Hatred for Him: Modern Judaism and Non-Violence." Don't miss the opportunity to talk with this truly inspiring ethical and religious leader. Admission: Free, light refreshments. Sponsored by Duke Friends of Israel and Brit Tzedek v'Shalom. Contact us for more information

Sunday, February 24, 2008
7:30pm
Judea Reform Congregation, 1933 W. Cornwallis Rd. Durham, NC  27705
BTS member Arnom Degani will share a collection of photographs, interviews by Israeli soldiers and share his story of the daily reality as a soldier in the occupied territories. Sponsored by Durham-Chapel Hill Chapter of Brit Tzedek v'Shalom. For more information, contact the Durham-Chapel Hill chapter at email.

Saturday, December 9, 7:30 PM
"Jewish Values, Human Rights and the Israeli Palestinian Conflict" with Rabbi Arik Ascherman World Famous Israeli Rabbi and Activist Speaks on gJewish Values, Human Rights and the Israeli Palestinian Conflicth Rabbi Arik Ascherman, director of Rabbis for Human Rights and recipient of the 2006 Niwano Peace Prize, will speak on Jewish Values, Human Rights and the Israeli Palestinian Conflict on Saturday, December 9, at 7:30 PM at Judea Reform Congregation. Rabbi Ascherman's activities include supporting Palestinian farmers by physically blocking bulldozers from home demolition, working with Israeli activists and Palestinian farmers by joining in olive harvests, lobbying for economic justice in Israel, and founding the first ever Human Rights Yeshiva. Don't miss this opportunity to hear a dynamic and inspiring teacher! Reception to follow. Sponsored by Brit Tzedek v'Shalom. For any questions please email us.

October 16, 2006
A Conversation with Rep. David Price: Can the U.S. Help Broker Peace Between the Israelis and Palestinians?
7:30PM at Judea Reform Congregation, 1933 W. Cornwallis Rd. Don't miss this wonderful opportunity to hear your congressman! Representative David Price, North Carolina's Congressman from the 4th District, will discuss the role of the United States in the Middle East. Rep. Price has visited the Middle East many times and met with key leaders in Israel, the Palestinian territories, and their neighboring states. Reception to follow. This event is sponsored by Brit Tzedek v'Shalom.

April 16, 2006
Hamas: What Now?? We will meet from 7:30 to 9:00 at Judea Reform Congregation, 1933 W. Cornwallis Road, Durham. We have selected two current articles on the issue written by well known analysts as a background for the discussion.

Can Hamas Be Tamed?, Foreign Affairs, March/April 2006. Author Michael Herzog, son of former Israeli president Chaim Herzog, is a Brigadier General in the Israeli Defense Forces and a Visiting Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Herzog counters the optimistic belief that Hamas' participation in mainstream Palestinian politics will moderate its radical goals. The specter of a weak, dysfunctional Palestine Authority and a strong, violent Hamas is likely to propel the Israeli government toward unilateralism in its relation with the Palestinians.

Letter from the West Bank, The New Yorker, February 27, 2006. David Remnick, Pulitzer Prize winning author and editor of The New Yorker, reports about talks with a wide spectrum of Hamas and Fatah leaders and militants on their life experiences, activism, political views, and goals, and he reflects on what a Hamas government and Israeli reaction will mean for Israel-Palestinian relations and the peace process.

October 30, 2005
Read an article about the chapter’s listening project.

September 20, 2005
Beyond Gaza: The Role of the US and American Jews with Brit Tzedek President and former Member of Knesset Marcia Freedman. Please join us for an update on developments since the Gaza Withdrawal and analysis of the critical role the US and the American Jewish community can play in peace-making.This event took place at Judea Reform Congregation, 1933 W. Cornwallis Rd., Durham.

June 2005
Over the course of the month, representatives from the Durham-Chapel Hill chapter conducted a series of advocacy meetings in their home district and in DC as part of the National Advocacy Days. During this time, the Durham-Chapel Hill delegation met with Representative David Price and the offices of Senators Burr and Dole. All the meetings proved to be extremely successful and the Rep. Price will be appearing with Brit Tzedek President and former MK Marcia Freedman in September.To find out how you can become involved in the chapterfs advocacy activities send an email.

January 20, 2005
Naomi Chazan spoke about “Israeli Politics in an Era of New Possibility.” Location: Judea Reform Congregation. Co-sponsored by the Center for Jewish Studies at Duke University, Judea Reform Congregation and B'rit Tzedek v’Shalom.

January 19, 2005
Naomi Chazan presented “Where Do we Go From Here? A New Chance for Israel-Palestine.” Location: Freeman Center for Jewish Life. Co-sponsored by the Freeman Center for Jewish Life.

November 28, 2004
The North Carolina Chapter of Brit Tzedek v’Shalom and Rabbis for Human Rights joined Rabbi Arik Ascherman for a dessert buffet, at the Sparticus Restaurant (Durham) at 7.30pm.

Summer 2004
The Durham/Chapel Hill Brit Tzedek chapter recently hosted an unprecedented and very successful meeting with the local Federation President and six members of the Federations Executive Board. Chapter Leader Rabbi John Friedman reports that this meeting gave rise to a positive dialogue between the two groups on the subject of the potential for the resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Local Press Coverage
  • The News & Observer
    May 23, 2008
    An urgent need to get beyond nice words
    By John Friedman
    Israel recently marked its 60th anniversary, and President Bush traveled to the region to celebrate. We American Jews, with our long tradition of standing by Israel in good times and bad, were happy to see our president visiting our spiritual homeland, but many of us are worried.

  • Herald Sun
    April 22, 2006
    Starving Palestinians Is not a Path to Peace
    In Wednesday's Herald-Sun, Sven Sonneburg, Marlene Appley and Sol Gordon take issue with a letter to President Bush urging him "to maintain determination in the face of those who deny Israel's right to exist and, at the same time, to leave open the door for those Palestinians who are committed to working for a negotiated, two-state resolution of this conflict."

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