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Brit Tzedek v'Shalom

Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace

Chapter Activities

Madison, Wisconsin

To add your name to our Wisconsin chapter mailing list and for more information about our activities and committees, please e-mail us at Find out what you can do today.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, July 9th, 2009
Beth Israel Center
1406 Mound Street

The Madison chapter of Brit Tzedek v’Shalom invites you to relaunch your peace activism at its summer meeting.  Please join us as we discuss means for promoting peace in the Mideast through Midwest educational and political outreach.
For more information please email us.

Past Events


October 20, 2005
Avichay Sharon and Noam Chayut: Breaking the Silence
Former IDF Combat Soldiers, Sharon and Chayut, discussed how the Israeli occupation is affecting those charged with enforcing it. In June 2004, Sharon and Chayut, organized a photography exhibition of photos taken by Israeli soldiers during their patrols in the West Bank city of Hebron. They showed some of these images and discussing the occupation from the perspective of an Israeli combat soldier.

April 19, 2005 Press Coverage
Levy and Dajani spoke at Marquette University, Marquette Alumni Memorial Union, Room 227, 1442 W. Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee at 12:00pm. Co-sponsored by American Jewish Committee, Latino Jewish Alliance, Marquette Office of Student Development, Marquette Jewish Student Union, Marquette Office of Campus Ministry, Milwaukee Jewish Council for Community Relations, Americans for Peace Now, Milwaukee chapter and Brit Tzedek v'Shalom, Wisconsin chapter. For more information, contact the American Jewish Committee-Milwaukee Chapter or call (414) 291-2140.

Daniel Levy, Geneva Intiative Policy Director, and Rafi Dajani, Executive Director of the American Task Force on Palestine spoke at UW-Madison, Humanities Building, Room 3650, Madison at 6:00pm. Map This event is co-sponsored by Kavanah and Brit Tzedek v'Shalom, Wisconsin chapter. For more information, contact

April 13, 2005
Tune in to WORT 89.9FM at 12:00pm to hear an interview with Geneva Initiative Policy Director, Daniel Levy and Executive Director of the American Task Force on Palestine, Rafi Dajani who will be speaking in Madison on April 19.

The following events with Yonatan Shapira are co-sponsored by Brit Tzedekv'Shalom: Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace;Refuser Solidarity Network, Congregation ShaareiShamayim: Madison's Reconstructionist and Renewalcommunity committed to creating a progressive Jewishcommunity; and Kavanah: A Progressive Jewish Voiceat UW Hillel. News coverage. Listen to a radio interview on WORT 89.9FM.

March 5, 2005
9:00am: A special Shabbat morning featuring a d'var Torah on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by Rabbi Katz, followed by a talk and question period with Shapira over kiddush luncheon in the West Meeting Room, 1406 Mound Street. Map to Beth Israel Center.

5:00-6:30pm: Shapira spoke at UW in 1121 Humanities Building, 455 N. Park Street, between University Avenue and Langdon Street. For more information about these events, contact

March 4, 2005
Potluck followed by a discussion with IDF Pilot refuser, Yonatan Shapira, hosted by Congregation Shaarei Shamayim at 6:00pm. Shaarei Shamayim meetsat Prairie Unitarian Universalist Society'sbuilding, 2010 Whenona Drive, a few blocks southwest of theintersection of Seminole Highway and the Beltline. Directions. For more information about this event, contact

November 6, 2004
Ms. Chazan spoke at 7:00pm at the University of WI-Madison Hillel, 611 Langdon Street, Madison. For more information contact Sponsored by the Madison Chapter of Brit Tzedek v'Shalom, Meretz USA, UW Kavannahand Congregation Shaarei Shamayim.

Spring 2004
The Madison Chapter of Brit Tzedek partnered with Kavanah, a student group, at the University of Wisconsin, promoting the Spirit of Geneva Campaign.

Fall 2003
The Madison Chapter of Brit Tzedek sponsored Marcia Freedman, President of Brit Tzedek, and Steven Masters, Board Member to speak at event in Wisconsin.

Spring 2003
Brit Tzedek's national tour, "Selective Refusal: Towards a More Secure and Democratic Israel", began on March 31, 2003 in Houston, Texas. Ishai Menuchin, founder of Israel's first refuser organization -- Yesh Gvul ("There is a Limit") -- spoke at Brit Tzedek sponsored events in Houston, Madison, Chicago, Boston, and Washington, DC.

Menuchin is the recipient of the 2003 Oscar Romero Award for Commitment to Truth and Freedom from the Rothko Chapel in Houston, Texas. In Jerusalem, he works as a lecturer at Hebrew University and as director of organizational development for Shatil Empowerment and Training Center for Social Change Organizations in Israel.

Local Press Coverage
  • The Isthmus
    June 10, 2005
    Pro-Israel, Pro-Peace!
    By Michael Gelman and Todd Miller
    We deplore the targeting of Israeli civilians by "Arab" terrorists as he does, but the claim that "collateral damage" from Israeli attacks is "never on purpose" does not make civilian deaths acceptable. Nor will such attacks bring peace.
  • The Progressive
    April 25, 2005
    Ruth Conniff's Blog: Giving Peace a Chance
    Remember the Geneva Accord? The unofficial Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement was negotiated by ex-politicians, former peace process negotiators, and cultural figures from both Israel and Palestine, and then mailed or handed out to every single Israeli and Palestinian the negotiators could find.
  • Marquette Tribune
    April 21, 2005
    Two Sides, Two Peoples, One Hope for Peace
    It is possible to be both pro-Israel and pro-Palestine, said three speakers looking to build commonality between Palestinians and Israelis in order to bring peace to the Middle East.
  • The Badger Herald
    April 20, 2005
    Officials Talk about Middle East Conflict
    Two representatives from Brit Tzedek vShalom: Jewish Alliance for Justice & Peace spoke to University of Wisconsin students and Madison residents Tuesday in support of possible solutions to the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine.
  • The Madison Observer
    April 20, 2005
    Progressing Toward Peace
    On Tuesday, April 19 at 6:00 PM, Daniel Levy, an Israeli, and Rafi Dajani, a Palestinian, will be in Madison together presenting the Geneva Accord.
  • WORT 89.9 FM
    April 13, 2005
    "A Public Affair": Rafi Dajani of the American Task Force on Palestine
    This week... Dinur spoke with Rafi Dajani, executive director of the American Task Force on Palestine.
  • The Capital Times
    March 19, 2005
    Dissenting Pilot Captures the True Spirit of Israel
    In the Israel Defense Forces, pilots hold an elite status above that of other soldiers.
  • The Progressive
    March 7, 2005
    An Israeli Refuser's Message for Peace
    On Saturday I sat with other members of the conservative synagogue in Madison, Wisconsin, listening to Yonatan Shapira, a pilot in the Israeli Air Force since 1991 before he was dismissed after refusing to serve in the Occupied Territories.
  • WORT 89.9FM
    March 3, 2005
    Israeli Air Force "Refuser" Is in Madison
    In this interview with WORT's Lea Zeldin, he talks about Israeli policies and human rights abuses, declaring his refusal, and the courage to say no and not follow the crowd. Shapira says that his act of refusal comes from a deep love of his country, its land, and all the people within its borders. He also says that his case is an important lesson for Americans: the U.S. government is killing thousands of innocent people now, yet no one is saying much about it, and no one seems to feel any responsibility.
  • WORT 89.9 FM
    December 3, 2004
    Wisconsin Jews Join National Campaign to Urge Negotiated Settlement of Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
    Despite the well-publicized debate in Madison over the Rafah sister-city resolution, over 100 Wisconsin Jews on both sides of the issue have joined forces as part of a national campaign urging the appointment of an internationally respected American envoy dedicated to facilitating the negotiated settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This proposal is laid out in an open letter from Brit Tzedek v'Shalom, the Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace, to President George W. Bush that was recently delivered to the White House.
  • The Daily Cardinal
    November 30, 2004
    Students, Professors Petition for U.S. Aid in Israel
    With a resolution to the continuing conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians as their goal, approximately 100 members of the Madison Jewish community signed an open letter composed by Brit Tzedek v'Shalom, or The Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace to urge President Bush to appoint a political envoy to act as a mediator between the two groups."
Letters to the Editor
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