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Brit Tzedek v'Shalom

Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace

Chapter Activities

Los Angeles, California

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

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, June 2, 2009
7:00 pm
The Workmen's Circle
1525 S. Robertson Blvd., (just south of Pico)
Los Angeles, CA

The film The Band's Visit will be screened, followed by discussion of its implications for peace and justice in Israel and Palestine. When an Egyptian police brass band travels to Israel to play at the opening of an Arab arts center, they wind up abandoned and lost. Defying expectations, the tiny Israeli community embraces the musicians. $5 suggested donation and light refreshments will be served. For more information please contact: (310) 552-2007 or email us.

Past Events


SPONSORED BY LOS ANGELES BRIT TZEDEK V’SHALOM


Wednesday, April 22, 2009

7:00 PM
Workmen’s Circle
1525 S. Robertson Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA

“Another Side of Peace” follows Roni Hirshenzon, who lost his oldest son, Amir, in a double suicide bombing.  Roni co-founded The Parents’ Circle, a support group for bereaved Israeli and Palestinian families who have lost children in the conflict. After the film there will be an opportunity to discuss its implications and the prospects for peace in the region.  A $5 donation will be requested. For more information please contact us by email.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008
7:00PM 
The Workmen's Circle:   1525 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles
(just south of Pico),  (310) 552-2007  circle@circlesocal.org 
$5 suggested donation, and Light refreshments will be served.

The Shalom/Salaam Film Salon presents a discussion based on the film Holy Land: Beaufort

Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Film, Beaufort takes place during the 1980 IDF withdrawal from southern Lebanon.

Monday, October 5th 2008
7:00PM 
The Workmen's Circle:   1525 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles
(just south of Pico),  (310) 552-2007  circle@circlesocal.org 
$5 suggested donation, and Light refreshments will be served.

The Shalom/Salaam Film Salon presents a discussion based on the film Holy Land: Common Ground

The film will be screened, followed by discussion of its implications for peace and justice in Israel and Palestine. We welcome producer/director Ed Gaffney, who will be present for the screening and discussion.

Tuesday, July 15th 2008
7:00PM 
The Workmen's Circle:   1525 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles
(just south of Pico),  (310) 552-2007  circle@circlesocal.org 
$5 suggested donation, and Light refreshments will be served.

Tuesday, May 27
7:30 PM
Pasadena Jewish Temple and Center
1434 N. Altadena Drive, Pasadena

 DIALOGUE with MARCIA FREEDMAN:  “WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE
“PRO-ISRAEL?”

This program is open to the public and free of charge.  All are welcome.
For more information, (626) 798-1161 or www.pjtc.net

For further information, email la.btvs@gmail.com 

Saturday, May 18
10 AM – 10 PM
Woodley Park

Israel Independence Day Festival

Come visit the Brit Tzedek v'Shalom booth at the Israel Independence Day Festival and show your support for peace in the region through a negotiated two-State solution.

Admission is $10.

Tuesday, May 13
7:00 PM
The Workmen's Circle
1525 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles (just south of Pico).

The SHALOM/SALAAM FILM SALON presents the film THE HOLY
LAND

Following the film there will be a discussion of its implications for peace and justice in Israel and Palestine.  This event is sponsored by The Workmen's Circle & Brit Tzedek v'Shalom.  $5 suggested donation.  Light refreshments will be served.

For further information contact: (310) 552-2007 or circle@circlesocal.org

March 25, 2008
7:00pm 
THE BRIT TZEDEK SHALOM/SALAAM FILM SALON  will present the film “ANOTHER ROAD HOME”
The Workmen's Circle, 1525 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles (just south of Pico). Contact (310) 552-2007 or email.   A donation of $5 will be requested, and light refreshments will be served.

March 16, 2008
2:30 - 4:30pm
Event with Los Angeles Brit Tzedek at a private home.
Israel/Palestine Center for Research and Development (IPCRI) tour with Gerson Baskin and Hanna Siniora
For more information please contact the Los Angeles Chapter of Brit Tzedek v'Shalom by email

March 15, 2008
7:30pm
Leo Baeck Temple, 1300 North Sepulveda Boulevard, Los Angeles
Israel/Palestine Center for Research and Development (IPCRI) tour with Gerson Baskin and Hanna Siniora
Sponsor: Los Angeles Area Chapter of Brit Tzedek v'Shalom
Co-sponsor: Leo Baeck Temple, The Progressive Jewish Alliance, and Americans for Peace Now
For more information, contact the Los Angeles Chapter of Brit Tzedek v'Shalom by email

January 24, 2008
7:00 PM
Workmen’s Circle, 1525 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles

The Shalom/Salaam Film Salon: “Wedding in Galilee”

Please join us for the screening of “Wedding in Galilee,”
which highlights tensions as the Palestinian families of the bride and groom, living on occupied land, prepare for the wedding of their children.  We will follow the screening with a discussion of its implications for peace and justice in Israel and Palestine.

For more information please contact the Los Angeles Chapter.

November 18, 2007
2:00 PM
Santa Monica College
1900 Pico Blvd., Art 214

Film: “Encounter Point”

Please join us for a screening of “Encounter Point” followed by a discussion and Q&A.  The movie highlights Israelis and Palestinians who have lost loved ones in the conflict working for peace through grassroots actions.  Our session will feature Ronit Avni, the film’s producer/director and the founder and executive director of Just Vision, a nonprofit organization working to widen the influence of Palestinian and Israeli grassroots peace builders.

For more information please contact the Los Angeles Chapter.

Thursday, November 29, 2007
7:30 PM
Central Los Angeles home of one of our members

Chapter Meeting
Please join us for our next regular business meeting.

For more information please contact the Los Angeles Chapter.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007 at 7:00pm
The Workmen's Circle
1525 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles (just south of Pico)
(310) 552-2007
circle@circlesocal.org

The Shalom/Salaam Film Salon presents a discussion based on the Israeli film Close to Home (Karov La Bayit)

The film will be screened, followed by discussion of its implications for peace and justice in Israel and Palestine.
In Close to Home, two young Israeli women face life as soldiers patrolling Jerusalem, tasked with stopping and registering any random Palestinians they encounter. During their Army service together, they must reconcile their different backgrounds and personalities, while a terrorist bomb attack nearby highlights the tension inherent in their service.
We will discuss how the issues raised by this film affect the ongoing stalemate in efforts to bring a just, secure, and peaceful solution to the area's conflict.

Critical comments:
A slyly subversive insight into the role of women in the Israeli military, this is a surprisingly compassionate satire that makes its political points without resorting to caricature. -- Patrick Peters, Empire
Filmmakers Vardit Bilu and Dalia Hagar don't seem as interested in taking sides as they do in exploring universal themes. -- Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
Few of us have had a look inside Israel's female military ranks, in which girls are compelled to assume a mature and self-assured stance at a young age. Because ... the film's writer-directors based much of the film on their own military service, "Close to Home" feels authentic. -- Lael Loewenstein, Los Angeles Times
One of the rare movies from Israel that refuses to spell out its politics, and you may wind up grateful for the ambiguity. -- Owen Gleiberman , Entertainment Weekly

SPONSORED BY LOS ANGELES BRIT TZEDEK V’SHALOM & THE WORKMAN'S CIRCLE

Wednesday, November 28th at 7:00pm
The Workman's Circle
1525 S, Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles (just south of Pico)
(310) 552-2007
circle@circlesocal.org
$5 Suggested Donation. LIght refreshments will be served.

The Shalom/Salaam Film Salon presents a discussion based on the film "Control Room." The film will be screened, followed by a discussion of how Arabic, Israeli & other press coverage affects the situation in Israel & Palestine.

Sunday, August 26, 2007 - Please join us for a potluck brunch
The Los Angeles Chapter of Brit Tzedek v’Shalom invites you to join us for BRUNCH, on Sunday morning, August 26, at the home of one of our members in a central Los Angeles location.  This offers us some time to get better acquainted and to discuss issues in a more relaxed setting than our regular business meetings.  For example, many of us are interested in talking about the recent article THE GREAT MIDDLE EAST PEACE PROCESS SCAM, by Henry Siegman in the London Review of Books Vol. 29, No. 16, August 16, 2007.   For location or other information, please contact cgorfinkel@earthlink.net

We have been busy meeting with several of our Los Angeles area Congressional representatives to advocate for Brit Tzedek’s agenda.  As we continue arranging delegations to call on them, we would welcome participation from more Brit Tzedek members, especially those who live in Congressman Berman’s district.  If you are interested in participating, please email nvimlaji@yahoo.com  Please include your phone number and – if possible – the name of your Congressman or Congresswoman.

The next regular meeting of the Los Angeles Chapter of Brit Tzedek v’Shalom will be on October 11 on the West Side.

All are welcome.

August 7, 2007 at 7:00pm
The Workmen's Circle at 1525 Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles
Our Shalom/Salaam Film Salon presents a discussion based on the Palestinian film PARADISE NOW. The film will be screened, followed by discussion of its implications for peace and justice in Israel and Palestine sponsored by The Workmen's Circle and Brit Tzedek v'Shalom

Thursday, July 26, at 7:30 at the home of Rabbi Joshua and Francie Levine-Grater.
The principal item on our agenda will be our work to obtain visits with our Congressional delegation. Please e-mail Yael Samuel for more information, directions or to RSVP

Sunday, June 3, from 1:00 to 4:00.
On the Palisade adjacent to the Santa Monica pier, the Los Angeles Chapter of Brit Tzedek v'Shalom, in cooperation with the "June 5th Initiative" will hold a public call for peace. June 5, 2007 marks 40 years since the war which concluded with the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. The ongoing conflict over the past 40 years has brought great death and destruction upon both peoples. It is time to break the cycle of bloodshed and negotiate a two-state solution with security and justice for both peoples.

Wednesday June 13, 2007 at 7:00pm
The Film Walk on Water will be screened, followed by discussion of its implications for peace and justice in Israel and Palestine. Sponsored by The Workmen's Circle & Brit Tzedek v'Shalom

At The Workmen's Circle (310) 552-2007 circle@circlesocal.org
1525 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles (just south of Pico) $5 suggested donation

Director Eytan Fox uses his film "Walk on Water" to explore the Holocaust's role in defining Israeli nationalism, as well the ongoing roles of terrorism and Israeli-Palestinian relations in further shaping that spirit. Stephen Hunter of The Washington Post notes that "'Walk on Water'... denotes a minor movie miracle: how with intelligence, imagination and craft a small film can work in really large ways."

We will discuss how the many facets of Israeli identity and attitude examined here affect the ongoing stalemate in efforts to bring a just, secure, and peaceful solution to the area's conflict.

Tuesday, June 26 at 7:30 please join us for our regular Brit Tzedek v'Shalom Los Angeles Chapter meeting in North Hollywood. For more information click here.

May 16, 2007, 7:00pm
The film series continues with a viewing of the film, Beyond The Walls.
At the Workmenfs Circle LA, 1525 S. Robertson Blvd, Los Angeles. Send us an e-mail for more information.
 
Uri Barbash's Beyond the Walls won an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Film, as well as winning First Prize during the International Critics Week at the prestigious Venice Film Festival. It also garnered six Israeli Oscars, including one for Best Picture. Beyond the Walls places the struggle between Arabs and Jews within the confines of an overcrowded Israeli prison, where hatred simmers and contrasting ideologies come into intense, sharp focus. It focuses on the unlikely partnership of the two prisoners who head their respective groups: Uri (Arnon Zadok), an Israeli, and Issan (Mahamad Bakri), a Palestinian. They find, in the abyss of prison tension and brutality, a grain of hope: the hope that they can find a common ground of understanding in terms of dire need. When Arabs are framed for the murder of a Jewish prisoner, and a young inmate commits suicide rather than lie about what happened, Uri and Issan form an unlikely partnership. They lead a prisoner's strike in their security block, while passions violently accumulating day by day get set to explode. In the background are Uri's daughter and Issan's wife, women of beauty and passion who embody the distance from inside a cell to the outside. Beyond the Walls has stirred up widespread debate by taking on a touchy subject in a in a decidedly human, not political, way. This tense, topical film is a cautionary tale to a world weighted down with warring nations -- yet its message is ultimately uplifting and unifying.

April 11, 2007 - Los Angeles Workmen's Circle and Brit Tzedek v'Shalom Present:
The Inner Tour
at The Workmen's Circle, 1525 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles (just south of Pico)
$5 suggested donation
THE INNER TOUR recounts the adventures of a group of West Bank Palestinians taking a three-day sightseeing tour of Israel, where many of the them once lived. The weekend trip becomes an emotionally charged journey of contradicting realities; the emotional turmoil is reflected in their very eyes. They are in their homeland, but they are visiting it as tourists. They feel both rooted to, and alienated from, the landscape -- one that seems familiar but foreign, threatening but thrilling. Through their interactions, the travelers find that ordinary Israelis are people very much like themselves - yet they know that these Israelis live in their former land, and are occupiers of their current West Bank home. Their contemplative observations of, and encounters with, the country they are visiting lie at the heart of this piercingly resonant documentary -- a complex, fascinating, and humanistic portrait of one of the worldfs most tangled national conflicts.

Marcia Freedman, former member of the Knesset and founding President of Brit Tzedek v'Shalom will be in the Los Angeles area March 29 through 31, and you are invited to take advantage of (any or all of) the following opportunities to meet and hear from her.

Thursday, March 29 at 3:30,
at the Claremont Colleges Hillel, 919 N. Columbia Avenue, Claremont. For further information please contact Rabbi Leslie Bergson at (909) 607-2096 or www.cuc.claremont.edu/hillel

Friday, March 30, at 7:30
at congregation Beth Shir Sholom, 1927 California Avenue, Santa Monica. For further information please contact Rabbi Neil Comess-Daniels at (310) 453-3361 or www.bethshirsholom.com

Saturday, March 31, at 12:30 (following services)
at Valley Beth Shalom, 15739 Ventura Boulevard, Encino. For further information please contact the synagogue at (818) 788-6000 or www.vbs.org

The next regular meeting of the Los Angeles Chapter of Brit Tzedek v'Shalom will be on Thursday evening, March 29 in a central Los Angeles location. For more information please contact us

Tuesday February 27, 2007
Chapter Meeting of Brit Tzedek v'Shalom in Santa Monica. E-Mail Claire Gorfinkel for more information.

March 7, 2007 - LOS ANGELES
Film: The Wall
7:00pm -The Brit Tzedek v'Shalom / Workmen's Circle Film Series presents the prize-winning documentary Wall, followed by discussion of the film and its implications for peace and justice in the area -- at The Workmen's Circle 1525 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles (just south of Pico). Email here for more info.
(310) 552-2007. $5 suggested donation

WALL is a cinematic meditation on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in which the filmmaker blurs the lines of hatred by asserting her double identity as Jew and Arab. In an original documentary approach, the film follows the separation fence that is destroying one of the most historically significant landscapes in the world, while imprisoning one people and enclosing the other. On the building site of this mad wall, daily utterances and holy chants, in Hebrew and in Arabic, defy the discourses of war, passing through the deafening noise of bulldozers. Wall offers its spectators a last glimpse of the beauty of this land and the humanity of its inhabitants a moment before they disappear behind the wall.

February 7, 2007--LOS ANGELES, CA
Film: Promises
7:00pm - The Workman's Circle 1525 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles (310) 552-2007 circle@circlesocal.org (just south of Pico) $5 suggested donation
Promises is a timely and moving look at the Arab-Israeli conflict from the point of view of seven Israeli and Palestinian children including Arabs, Orthodox Jews and secular Jews, as the children are followed for three years and put in touch with each other in this alternative look at the Jewish-Palestinian conflict."

February 1, 2007--LOS ANGELES, CA
Combatants for Peace
7:30pm Temple Israel of Hollywood, 7300 Hollywood Blvd., between La Brea and Fairfax Ave.
Sponsor: Los Angeles Chapter of Brit Tzedek v'Shalom
Brit Tzedekfs Combatants for Peace Tour will be coming to Los Angeles on Thursday February 1, 2007. The two speakers, Elik Elhanan and Sulaiman Al Hamri,will be giving a talk at Temple Israel of Hollywood. The event is being hosted by Rabbi John Rosove.
For more information, contact Joel Farkas by email

January 31, 2007--LOS ANGELES, CA
Combatants for Peace
8pm. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N Sepulveda Blvd. (Amy Wilentz will be moderating and Yuval Ron, Craig Taubman, and Palestinian vocalist Saleem will be performing.)
See the flier here.

Sponsor: Los Angeles Chapter of Brit Tzedek v'Shalom
Co-sponsors: Dr. Jordan Farkas Foundation, Americans for Peace Now, Rabbi Neil Comess-Daniels and Beth Shir Sholom, Muslim Public Affairs Council, Islamic Center of Southern California, CODEPINK: Women for Peace, UCLA Hillel, Abraham's Vision, Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Ethics, Rabbi Haim Beliak's JewsOnFirst.org, B'nai Horin-Children of Freedom, Rabbi Steven B. Jacobs' Progressive Faith Foundation, Levantine Cultural Center, Workmen's Circle/Arbeter Ring, Heavenspot
For more information, contact Joel Farkas by email
For more information on the Combatants for Peace Tour, including bios of the speakers and a description of Combatants for Peace, please visit our tour page.

January 7, 2007
The Workmen’s Circle - 1525 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles. Screening of a film (to be determined) related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This event will be co-sponsored with The Workmen’s Circle. A $5 donation is requested, refreshments will be served. For more information please call 310-552-2007.

Thursday, January 4, 7:30 PM
Chapter Meeting
Join us for our next chapter meeting of Brit Tzedek Los Angeles at the home of Chris Cohn. For more information and directions please email us - chapter@btvshalom.org.

Wednesday, December 6, 7:00 PM
The Workmenfs Circle - 1525 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles. Screening of "The Syrian Bride," the next event in our film series. For more information please call 310-552-2007.

Sunday, December 3, at 10:00 AM
Bagel Breakfast
Brit Tzedek v'Shalom will co-host a Bagel Breakfast at the Pasadena Jewish Temple and Center (PJTC), featuring the gHebronh segment of Chaim Yavin's documentary film: "Land of the Settlers," along with a presentation about the impact of settlements on the peace process by Dr. Adam Rubin, professor at Hebrew Union College. PJTC is located at 1434 N. Altadena Drive, Pasadena (just north of Washington Street).

Thursday, November 30, 2006
Chapter Meeting
Our next regular chapter meeting will be Thursday evening, November 30 in the Fairfax district. For location details or other information please email us - cgorfinkel@earthlink.net or call us at 323-933-4341.

Sunday, November 12, 11:00 AM
Chapter Discussion and Brunch
The Los Angeles Chapter of Brit Tzedek v'Shalom invites you to brunch on Sunday, November 12 at 11:00 AM, near Pico and Crenshaw. We will gather in a relaxed setting to talk about the current situation in the Middle East and how we can be more effective in pressing for a negotiated two-state solution. Among our special guests will be Molly Freeman, national Brit Tzedek board member.

September 23, October 11 & November 8, 2006
The Workmen’s Circle - 1525 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles. Screening of a film (to be determined) related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This event will be co-sponsored with The Workmen’s Circle. A $5 donation is requested, refreshments will be served. For more information please call 310-552-2007.

August 23, 2006
Brit Tzedek v?Shalom Los Angeles Chapter Meeting
Join us at 7:30pm for a chapter meeting of Brit Tzedek v?Shalom Los Angeles. We will have reports on recent activities, such as the "Out of the Quagmire" meeting with APN and PJA as well as visits to members of Congress by Diane Watson, Xavier Becera, and Adam Schiff. We will also be discussing decisions about the structure and leadership of our Chapter, plans for future activities, and responses to current crises. The meeting will take place at the home of Joel Farkas in Santa Monica. For directions, please contact Joel at (646) 391-7141 and please email us if you have suggestions or recommendations for the agenda.

July 24, 2006
Out of the Quagmire: A Conversation about Israel?s Future
As the situation in the Middle East once again threatens to spiral out of control, you are invited to join Brit Tzedek v?Shalom, Americans for Peace Now, and the Progressive Jewish Alliance for a conversation about the current situation in Israel, Gaza, and Lebanon.

Featuring:

David Myers, PJA Board Member and Director of the UCLA Center for Jewish Studies, Arthur Stern, Regional Chair of Americans for Peace Now and PJA Vice President, and Marcia Freedman, President of Brit Tzedek v?Shalom and former member of Knesset

This event is taking place at The Westside Jewish Community Center, 5870 W. Olympic Boulevard. Admission is $10, and light refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP to the PJA office at 323-761-8350 or email. Full address provided upon RSVP. Co-sponsors: Brit Tzedek v?Shalom and Americans for Peace Now.

July 19, 2006
7:30 pm - Regular Brit Tzedek meeting. The location is 14045 Milbank Street, Sherman Oaks. For more information please call 818-986-2775 or email us. Everyone is welcome.

July 16, 2006
10:00 am?1:00 pm: Discussion Brunch, located at 1133 18th Street, Santa Monica, one-half block north of Wilshire. Please call us at 646-391-7141 to coordinate your pot-luck contribution.

June 21, 2006
First LA public showing of Chaim Yavin’s “Land of the Settlers,” segment 4 - “The Rule of Natzarim.” At 7:30 pm - The Workmen’s Circle, 1525 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles, (310) 552-2007. This 50 minute documentary in Hebrew with English sub-titles examines the settlement project. When shown on Israeli TV it received wide acclaim. Segment 4 examines the lead-up to the Gaza withdrawal. This event will be co-sponsored with The Workmen’s Circle. $5 donation requested, refreshments will be served.

June 14, 2006
7:30 pm - Regular Brit Tzedek meeting

May 24, 2006
First LA public showing of Chaim Yavin's “Land of the Settlers,” Segment 3 - “Behind the Fence.” At 7:30 pm - The Workmen’s Circle, 1525 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles, (310) 552-2007. This 50 minute documentary in Hebrew with English sub-titles examines the settlement project. When shown on Israeli TV it received wide acclaim. Segment 3 examines the separation barrier and how it affects Israeli and Palestinian lives.. This event will be co-sponsored with The Workmen’s Circle. $5 donation requested, refreshments will be served.

May 10, 2006
Next Los Angeles Chapter meeting will be at 7:30 pm - 530 N. Hayworth Avenue, Los Angeles, 90048 (Fairfax district). Everyone is welcome. Email us for more information.

May 7, 2006
“Visions of Peace” at the Israeli Day Festival - The Los Angeles chapter of Brit Tzedek v’Shalom manned a booth at the annual Israeli Day Festival in Woodley Park in Van Nuys. The festival draws over 25,000 people annually. Our feature was “Visions of Peace,” in which teens and sub-teens drew their personal vision of peace in Israel/Palestine. The drawings were posted for all to see.


April 27, 2006
Screening of Segment 1 of Chaim Yavin’s “Land of the Settlers” - Entitled ?Have You Seen a Green Line?? This 50 minute video profiles religious settlers who claim the West Bank for Israel, and contrasts their view with interviews with anti-settlement activists like Dror Etkes who runs the Settlement Watch project for Shalom Achshav. The video examines the checkpoints and how they affect Palestinian life. Refreshments and discussion following video. Co-sponsored by The Workmen's Circle.

April 5, 2006
Next Los Angeles Chapter meeting will be at 7:30 pm - 2305 Galbreath Road, Pasadena. Everyone is welcome. Meeting Minutes

March 29, 2006
Dr. Menachem Klein will present a post election analysis at 7:00 pm in the Berch Lounge, Westside Jewish Community Center, 5870 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. Klein is a political scientist at Ber-Ilan University, was a member of the political advisory team for Prime Minister Ehud Barak, and was a major player in drafting the Geneva Accord. This event will be co-sponsored by Americans for Peace Now. RSVP to (323) 934-3480 or send an email.

March 2, 2006
Brit Tzedek got together with the Friends Church to meet with Brian Johsz, district director for Representative Gary Miller (CA-42-R) to push for opposition to HR-4681, the Ros-Lehtinen/Lantos bill, that will cut off relations with, and funding to, the Palestinian Authority as retribution against the Palestinian people for electing Hamas. The delegation also pushed for the US to take a wait and see attitude toward the Palestinian Authority with a Hamas-controlled Legislative Council.

March 1, 2006
Brit Tzedek co-sponsored a showing of Chaim Yavin’s “Land of the Settlers” segment II, “The Market Square is Empty” at The Workmen’s Circle.” This segment profiles the Jewish Settlements in and around Hebron, and the affect of the settlers on Palestinian life.

February 22, 2006
Los Angeles Chapter Meeting at 7:30 pm. For more information and directions, please email us.

February 18-19, 2006
Eight Brit Tzedek members attended the Western Regional Brit Tzedek Conference, “From the Ground Up: Building Israeli-Palestinian Peace in Uncertain Times” in San Francisco. The conference was quite inspirational and informative.

February 12, 2006
Eleven Brit Tzedek members meet over brunch to discuss the implications of the unexpected Hamas victory in the recent Palestinian elections. We reconfirmed the importance of a negotiated two-state solution to assure the safe future of a Jewish, democratic Israel.

January 25, 2006
A four-person Brit Tzedek delegation met with Representative Howard Berman (D-CA-28th) to to push for open funding to the Palestinian Authority and for the U.S. to avoid hastily-made efforts to cut off relations and/or funding to a new Palestinian government that will likely have a significant Hamas minority.

December 12, 2005
Brit Tzedek co-sponsored a talk by Just Vision Founder and Director, Ronit Avni on: “PEACE IN ISRAEL/PALESTINE IS POSSIBLE” at: Temple Kol Tikvah in Woodland Hills. Avni, a filmmaker and director of JustVision, spoke about her recent film “Encounter Point” which profiles 108 groups working to build tied between the Jewish and Palestinian communities.

December 7, 2005
An five-person Brit Tzedek delegation met with Lisa Pinto, district director for Representative Henry Waxman’s (D-CA-30th) to push for Waxman to sign the Hyde-Capps letter to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, and for open funding to the Palestinian Authority.

October 23, 2005
Six Brit Tzedek members and 15 guests gathered for brunch and to watch the first segment of Chaim Yavin’s video “Land of the Settlers.” This is a powerful video that profiles the religious settlers who are dedicated to making the West Bank part of Israel. The second segment will be shown to a larger group in the coming weeks.

August 23, 2005
An eight-person Brit Tzedek delegation met with Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA-29th) to push the “Gaza First, Not Gaza Last” campaign. Delegates also represented Workman's Circle and the Tikkun Community. It was a successful meeting in that Schiff was more receptive than we expected, but he did not commit to any follow-up action.

August 8, 2005
Report on meeting with Rep. Miller: Four members of the LA chapter met with Congressman Gary Miller (R-CA-42nd) this morning as a Brit Tzedek delegation. It was a successful meeting in that Miller heard our position, although he did express his concerns re: security and terrorism. If you are interested in participating in chapter advocacy activities, send an email.

June 2005
Three members of the nascent LA chapter of Brit Tzedek, including new Brit Tzedek board member Rabbi Joshua Grater, attended a meeting at the office of Congressman Becerra. We formed three main goals for our meeting: 1) introduce ourselves and describe Brit Tzedek; 2) outline the framework of how we believe Congressman Becerra should approach legislation, resolutions, and letters to the President that deal with the conflict; and 3) find out we can become a resource for the Congressman. The meeting was a good start, and we look forward to a meeting with Rep. Becerra himself in the Fall. To find out how you can become involved in the chapter’s advocacy activities, send an email.

May 2, 2005
Divergent Perspectives: The Future of Israeli and Palestinian Statehood

Radio personality, Dennis Prager, and UCLA Jewish History Professor, David Myers, will debate the future of Israeli and Palestinian statehood and the rightful role of American Jews in promoting a resolution to the conflict. The event is free and open to the public. The debate will be held at UCLA from 5:00-6:30 PM, in Moore 100.

December 4, 2004
Former Deputy Speaker of the Knesset, Naomi Chazan, spoke at a lunch following Shabbat services. Services began at 9am and lunch will follow at approximately noon. This event was free and open to the public. Pasadena Jewish Temple and Center, 1434 N. Altadena Drive, Pasadena. For more information, call the synagogue at 626-798-1161.

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  • Jewish Journal
    February 9, 2007
    Former Israeli and Palestinian fighters push for peace -- together
    Peter L. Rothholz
    Two members of Combatants for Peace, a fledgling organization of some 250 former Israeli soldiers and Palestinian fighters, told a standing-room only audience at the Skirball Cultural Center Jan. 31 that there can be no military solution to the conflict between their two nations. Read More

  • Los Angeles Times
    October 22, 2006
    Never give up trying to talk
    Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater
    As an American Jewish leader, I believe that dialogue and negotiations are the only way forward toward peace. Will this be easy? Of course not. Will it succeed? We cannot know until we try. What we do know is that there are no military-only options to solving any angle of the complicated Middle East conflict, including the Syrian track. As a great Israeli general is reported to have said once, "We don't make peace with our friends, we make peace with our enemies."

  • Los Angeles Jewish Journal
    October 20, 2006
    Two-State Solution ASAP Only Chance For Peace
    Steve Masters and Diane Balser
    Lebanon held the world's headlines for much of the summer as Hezbollah and Israel waged sudden, furious battle. On the strength of the internationally brokered cease-fire that brought a halt to the violence, Israel has now withdrawn the last of its troops and the world is holding its breath, hoping the cease-fire is sustainable.

  • Los Angeles Jewish Journal
    February 24, 2006
    Spectator - Anchorman in a Foreign ‘Land’
    Avner Hofstein
    For 40 years, Chaim Yavin was the symbol of objective journalism in Israel, the figure people looked up to in time of crisis, despair or political change. As the anchorman of Channel One’s IBA news, for years the only legal TV network operating in the Israeli media arena, Yavin was the Israeli Walter Cronkite, the man behind the news.

  • Los Angeles Jewish Journal - Letter to Editor
    August 26, 2005
    Pullout’s Wake
    Rabbi Harvey Field and David Pine are absolutely correct when they call for Jewish unity and support for Israel in this difficult time of the Gaza Disengagement (“We Must Show Unified Pullout Support,” Aug. 12). But they don’t go far enough.

  • Los Angeles Times - Letter to Editor
    August 26, 2005
    Israeli Annexation Plans
    What disappointing news! The success of the Gaza withdrawal opened the way for serious Israeli-Palestinian negotiations and created the hope for real progress toward long-term peace. But Israel’s latest land confiscation to build its security barrier around Maale Adumim, which will cut the Palestinian West Bank into two cantons, shatters that hope.

  • Los Angeles Times - Letter to Editor
    Why Sharon?
    August 15, 2005
    Aluf Benn calls Sharon’s deep distrust of Arabs “unilateralism.” I would call it “bigotry.”

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