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Brit Tzedek v'Shalom

Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace

Chapter Activities

New York, New York

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

NEEDED: Advocacy Committee Co-Chair

NEEDED: Membership Chair

The NYC Chapter of Brit Tzedek v’Shalom will comp the $140 registration fee, reimburse travel, and lodge you with a local DC activist to attend J Street’s “Driving Change, Securing Peace” conference. Scholarship recipients are obliged to participate in the advocacy visits to Capital Hill on Tuesday, October 28. Inquire here for more information.

Upcoming Events


Saturday, November 19, 2009
8:15pm Reception / 9:00pm film
JCC, 334 Amsterdam Avenue at 76th
Manhattan
Tickets and schedule

"Laila's Birthday" at the Other Israel Fim Festival. Set in Ramallah, the film follows a Palestinian judge turned taxi driver (the fabulous actor Mohammad Bakri) as he navigates the corruption, hassles, changing political winds, and pervasive Israeli checkpoints in and around the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah.

For more information please contact us by email.


Sunday, December 13, 2009

1:30-4:00 p.m.
Location: TBD

Every year we welcome Hanukah and relax from our activist labors with a party. This year will be an extra special party because Brit Tzedek and J Street have joined forces to make our work even more meaningful in coming years.

For more information please contact us by email.


Past Events


SPONSORED BY NEW YORK CITY BRIT TZEDEK V’SHALOM

Monday June 8, 2009
7:00 - 9:00 pm
Community Unitarian Universalist Church of NY
40 East 35th St. @ Park Ave

Rabbi Arik Ascherman, the executive director of Rabbis for Human Rights will be speaking on “Jewish Values, Human Rights, and the War in Gaza”. Admission is free and light refreshments will be served. Sponsored by Action for Justice, Community Church of New York. Co-Sponsored by Brit Tzedek v'Shalom and All Soul's Unitarian Universalist Church. For more information please contact us by email.


Saturday, May 2, 2009

7:00 pm-8:30 pm
Bronfman Center
7 East 10th St. (between 5th Ave. and University Place)

No one knows Israeli politics and culture better than Naomi Chazan who is a former 10-year member of the Knesset, and a leader for women's rights, civil rights, religious freedom, pluralism and peace.  Don't miss this opportunity to hear what Naomi Chazan has to say at this special Brit Tzedek-sponsored event ending her US tour. For more information please contact us by email.


Sunday, April 26, 2009

4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
East Midwood Jewish Center,
1625 Ocean Avenue
Brooklyn, NY

After a screening of the award-winning film "Unsettled", a panel including the film's director Adam Hootnik, Mark Rosenblum of Queens College Jewish Center, JJ Goldberg from of the Jewish Forward, and Joel Levy, head of the NY Anti-Defamation League will lead a discussion centering on the issue of settlements. For more information please contact us by email.


Sunday, April 19, 2009

11:00 am
New Israel Fund
330 Seventh Avenue at 29th Street
11th floor
Manhattan

Dan Fleshler will discuss his book "Transforming America's Israel Lobby: The Limits of Its Power and the Potential for Change," which is hot off the press. Dan Fleshler is an active participant and serves on the boards of many progressive organizations working to end the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. Space is limited so please RSVP. For more information please contact us by email.


Sunday, April 5, 2009

7:30pm
Congregation Beth Elohim
274 Garfield Place
Brooklyn, NY 11215

Come hear Columbia University's Edward Said Professor of Arab Studies Rashid Khalidi discuss his new book, Sowing Crisis: The Cold War and American Dominance in the Middle East.  Professor Khalidi’s appearance is presented under the auspices of Congregation Beth Elohim’s award winning Jewish Learning Program, in association with the following organizations: J Street, Brit Tzedek v’Shalom, Americans for Peace Now, Meretz USA, and congregation Kolot Chayeinu/Voices of Our Lives. . For more information please contact us by email.

Tuesday March 10, 2009
Soda Bar (between Prospect Place and St Marks Avenue)
629 Vanderbilt Ave.
Brooklyn, NY

Young Adult Happy Hour
The recent Israeli elections resulted in a right-wing anti-negotations majority at the same time that Obama's new administration has promised to make negotiations a priority. What does this mean for the progressive Jewish community in America? How will politics play out in the coming months? And what can we as American Jewish voters do to support a two-state negotiated settlement?
Join us for conversation, speculation and even a little wise-cracking over beer and politics. For more information, please email us here.

Thursday , February 26, 2009
7:00 PM
Brooklyn Friends Meeting House
110 Schermerhorn St. (at Boerum Place)
Brooklyn, NY

"Human Rights in Gaza and the Occupied Territories," a conversation with Dr. Maya Sabtello of B'Tselem . For more information contact us by phone at (718) 624-5921 or by email.

FREE ADMISSION.  ALL WELCOME.

MAYA SABATELLO is the legal advisor of B'Tselem's U.S. outreach, and a professor at the Center for Global Affairs, NYU.  She is a member of the Israeli Bar Association and holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Southern California.  Her fields of expertise are international law, human rights, public policy, non-governmental organizations and comparative politics. She has lectured and published widely and has recently returned to the U.S. after working with B'Tselem in Jerusalem during the military campaign in Gaza.

B'TSELEM, The Israeli Information Centre for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, is a prominent, independent human rights organization which endeavors to document and educate the Israeli public and policymakers about human rights violations in the Occupied Territories and helping create a human rights culture in Israel.

Co-sponsored by:  Brooklyn For Peace; Peace and Social Action Committee of Brooklyn Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers); Fort Greene Peace; Rabbi Michael Feinberg; Kolot Chayeinu/Voices of Our Lives; The Dialogue Project; the Ethical Action Committee of Brooklyn Ethical Culture Society; Brit Tzedek v'Shalom (Jewish Alliance for Justice & Peace).

 *The speaker is not representing the views of co-sponsoring organizations.

**Directions to Brooklyn Friends Meeting House:
Subway: A/C/G to Hoyt-Schermerhorn; F to Jay St. Borough Hall; 2,3,4,5,M,R to Court St. Borough Hall.
Bus:  B25, 26, 27, 28, 37, 41, 61, 75 bus to downtown Brooklyn.

Sunday, February 22, 2009
3:30 pm show
Landmark Sunshine Cinema
143 E. Houston Street, Manhattan
(between 1st and 2nd Ave)

Brit Tzedek-NYC will lead discussions of "Waltz with Bashir," the Oscar-nominated Israeli animated documentary that looks back on one soldier's experience in the First Lebanon War. For more information contact us by email or email Moriah Kinberg.

Discussion following the 3:30 pm** show will be in the theater's second floor lounge. All are welcome.


Sunday, February 22, 2009
2:45 pm show
Brooklyn Heights Cinema
70 Henry St, corner of Orange, Brooklyn

Brit Tzedek-NYC will lead discussions of "Waltz with Bashir," the Oscar-nominated Israeli animated documentary that looks back on one soldier's experience in the First Lebanon War. For more information contact us by email or email Moriah Kinberg.

Discussion following the 2:45 pm show will be at Park Plaza Diner. Use Pineapple
Walk (opposite Pineapple St.) and walk to the diner at the end of the Walk which is
Cadman Plaza (about a block).

All are welcome.


Sunday, February 1, 2009

Discussion following the 3:30 pm** showing.of Waltz with Bashir
Landmark Sunshine Cinema,
143 E. Houston Street, Manhattan (between 1st and 2nd Ave).

See "Waltz with Bashir" at the Sunshine Cinema or Brooklyn Heights Cinema Sunday afternoon and join a post-film discussion with Brit Tzedek. "Waltz" concerns the First Lebanon War but its relevance to more recent events, including the conflict in Gaza, is startlingly evident. Much food for thought and discussion. For more information contact us by emai

Thursday, January 15, 2009
7-8:30 pm
NYU's Bronfman Center
7 East 10th Street
New York, NY 10003

"SEEK PEACE AND PURSUE IT" -- A  Jewish Community Listening and Sharing Session on the Gaza Crisis
Join this Brit Tzedek-NYC gathering to share your thoughts and listen to others hopes, confusions, and frustrations about the Gaza situation.

Sunday, December 21, 2008
1-4 pm
Beit Shalom
114 West 26th Street (between 6th and 7th Ave, nearer 6th)
Manhattan, 10th floor

Come celebrate Hanukah with members, friends and family of Brit Tzedek v'Shalom at our Annual Brit Tzedek Hanukah Party.

Celebrate with music! If you have an instrument (e.g. guitar, recorder) you'd like
to bring, songs you'd like to lead us in, song sheets you can distribute (most of us
need the words), please contact Jenny Hurwitz jennyhurwitz@hotmail.com or (917)
656-5317.

Celebrate with dance! We'd like to try some simple Israeli and Middle Eastern folk
dancing this year (emphasis on "simple") with someone who will volunteer to teach
us. If you're talented in that department, please contact Sherry Alpern,
alp140@aol.com or 718-789-7692.

Sunday, November 23, 2008
9:30 - 5:00PM
Central Synagogue, 123 East 55th Street, between Park & Lexington Avenues, NYC

Brit Tzedek Exec. Director, Diane Balser will speak at Jews Uniting to End the War and Heal America: Organizing for Action

For further information:
jewsunitingtoendthewar@circle.org / 212-889-6800 ext. 274
Or register online at: www.circle.org/jewsuniting

Sunday, November 16, 2008
1:00 PM
Beit Shalom, 114 W. 26th Street, 10th Floor (between 6th/7th Avenues).

NYC - Chapter Meeting with Maya Sabatello of B'Tselem

We will be hearing from Maya Sabatello, US representative of B’Tselem, the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, and Adjunct Professor at NYU’s Center for Global Affairs.

Thursday, June 26, 2008
7:00 PM

NYC Brit Tzedek v'Shalom's Young Adult Happy Hour
Featuring GREGORY LEVEY, author of "Shut Up, I'm Talking: And Other Diplomacy Lessons I Learned in the Israeli Government"

** For our members, supporters and friends in their 20s and 30s. Kindly RSVP to
nyc@btvshalom.org for location information. **

Thursday, June 12, 2008
6:00 PM
Flatbush Dutch Reformed Church, 890 Flatbush Avenue

PEACE WALK: Jews, Christians, Muslims walking in Brooklyn for peace

Walk includes tours of Flatbush Dutch, Reformed Church, Temple Beth Emeth, and Albanian American Islamic Center, music and song, and ends with food at the mosque. All ages welcome.

For further information, contact: Rabbi Ellen Lippmann at (718) 633-6377.

Sunday, June 1, 2008
11am - 4:30pm

5th Avenue between 67th and 68th Streets

Salute to Israel Parade, NYC

Help make Brit Tzedek v'Shalom's message of peace visible at the parade! We are an official spectator group sanctioned by organizers of the parade! Due to too many
groups wanting to participate this 60th anniversary year, we have a designated place
to stand on the sidelines rather than being able to march in the parade.

PLEASE NOTE: The parade organizers don't generally allow political signs or chants or activities from any point of view (dove or hawk) at the parade - it is seen as a celebration of Israel to include all in the Jewish community and especially a
children's celebration.

For more info or if you plan to be there, please email Jenny, or call at (917) 656-5317

Sunday, May 18, 2008
12:30 pm
114 West 26th St (between 6th and 7th Ave.), 10th floor

"60 Years of Defining and Redefining Israel's Strategic Value to the U.S."
** NYC Open Chapter Meeting and Brunch **

Note: You do not need to be a Brit Tzedek member to attend.

Enjoy a bagel brunch and meet Dr. David Albert, national board member of Brit Tzedek and U.S.-Israel policy expert, who will be here from Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, Texas, to speak with us on: 60 Years of Defining and Redefining Israel's Strategic Value to the U.S.

Hear about Brit Tzedek's Grassroots Training Institute and National Advocacy Days in Washington, coming up June 21-June 24, and how you can be a part of these four important days of activism and Congressional advocacy for a negotiated, just, two-state resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. You need not be a Brit Tzedek v'Shalom member to participate in Advocacy Days.

Please RSVP to nyc@btvshalom.org. For further information, e-mail nyc@btvshalom.org or call the office at  212-366-1670

Wednesday, May 7, 2008
7:30pm
Congregation Beth Elohim located at 274 Garfield Place (at the corner of 8th Ave) in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

An Evening With Bernard Avishai, author of the forthcoming The Hebrew Republic, a widely published journalist, and contributing editor at the Harvard Business Review, Avishai argues that Israel must be transformed from a Jewish state into a secular, and democratic, "Hebrew Republic."

Dr Avishai's visit is co-sponsored by Americans for Peace Now and Brit Tzdek v'Shalom.

To RSVP, please email us.

Wednesday, May 7th
Various Locations, NYC

Dor Chadash is proud to partner with nearly 100 Jewish organizations in New York as we celebrate “Israel at 60” with a mega event worthy of this historic occasion!  The date is Wednesday, May 7th, and the incredible evening will include:

· A moving memorial service for Israel’s fallen at Radio City Music Hall, including remarks by UN Ambassador Dan Gillerman and Israeli Consul General Asaf Shariv.

· A star-studded cultural performance at Radio City Music Hall, featuring Matisyahu, David Broza, Idan Raichel, Rami Kleinstein, John Zorn and Habanot Nechama.  Just added – Paul Shaffer from The David Letterman Show, and Israeli singing sensation Yael Naim.  More to come!
· An all-night party at Tavern on the Green with the artists and thousands of your fellow New Yorkers.

Tickets are selling quickly! Go to www.DorChadashUSA.org. for tickets and information.

Monday, March 24, 2008 -- 6:30pm
The Community Church of New York City
40 East 35th Street (between Park & Madison). In the downstairs Assembly Hall.
Co-sponsored by: Ameinu, Americans for Peace Now, Meretz USA
Closest subway: # 6 to 33rd St (at Park)

Sunday, March 23, 2008 -- 6:30pm
Congregation Shaare Zedek
212 West 93rd Street (between Broadway & Amsterdam). In the Sanctuary.
Co-sponsored by: Ameinu and Meretz USA
Closest subway: # 1, 2, 3 to 96th St (at Broadway)

Sunday, March 9, 2008
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Congregation Beth Elohim, 274 Garfield Place, Brooklyn
BTS member Dotan Greenvald 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. Co-sponsored by the Brit Tzedek v'Shalom Chapter of New York City, Meretz USA, and Americans for Peace Now. For more information, contact Ben Murane or Leila Forouzan, at email

February 17, 2008
Sunday morning bus to Philadelphia – arrive in Philadelphia for exhibit at 1PM
The Rotunda, The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut Street.

Breaking the Silence Philadelphia exhibit viewing and discussion.

For more information and to RSVP please contact the New York City Chapter.

January 15, 2008
7:00 PM
114 W 26th Street, 10th Floor, New York City

ZIONISM, CONSCIENCE AND DUTY: How an Israeli Soldier Can Protest the Occupation Yet Serve in the West Bank

Thursday, December, 13th - 7:30 pm
Young Adults Happy Hour

For young adults (21 - 35). Location TBA. Email Us to be added to the Young Adults listserv.

Sunday, December 2
December 2, 2007
1:00PM (Dialogue) 3:00 (Hanukkah Party)
114 West 26th Street, 10th Floor (between 6th and 7th Avenues)

Chapter Meeting

Join us at our quarterly Brit Tzedek- NYC Chapter Meeting on December 2nd to participate in our in-house dialogue. As part of our "Let's Talk!" campaign, the Jewish Dialogue Group has trained a Brit Tzedek NYC dialogue team to facilitate sessions for Jews to express their feelings about the Middle East conflict in a supportive and pluralistic environment. The Chapter Meeting is open to all. However, you must RSVP to participate in the dialogue portion to nyc@btvshalom.org.

For more information please contact the New York City Chapter. 

Thursday, November 15th - 7:30 pm
Young Adults Happy Hour

For young adults (21 - 35). Location TBA. Email Us to be added to the Young Adults listserv.

Thursday, November 8, 7pm-9pm
at Congregation B'nai Jeshurun
257 West 88th St. (between Broadway and West End Ave.)

Talk by Akiva Eldar

Please join us for an evening with Akiva Eldar, the chief political columnist and editorial writer for the Israeli national daily Ha'aretz and coauthor with Professor Idith Zertal of the highly acclaimed book Lords of the Land.  We will have a riveting presentation along with time for questions and comments.  There will be copies of Lord of the Land available for purchase.

Co-sponsored by Congregation B’nai Jeshrun.

For more information please contact the New York City Chapter.

Sunday October 28, 7:30 pm
at Congregation Beth Elohim
174 Garfield Place, corner of Eighth Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn
“Untold Stories and Rewriting Israeli History”
Speaker: Gershom Gorenberg, noted Israeli journalist, author of “The Accidental Empire: Israel and the Birth of the Settlements, 1967–1977"
Q & A about the current situation in Israel will follow the presentation.
Hosted by: Congregation Beth Elohim, in association with Americans
for Peace Now, Brit Tzedek v’Shalom (Jewish Alliance for Justice and
Peace,) and the New Israel Fund

Subway directions to Congregation Beth Elohim:
- 2 or 3 train to Grand Army Plaza; walk along 8th Ave. to the corner of Garfield Place.
- F train to 7th Ave.; walk along 8th Ave. to Garfield Place.
- Q train to 7th Ave.; walk along Flatbush Ave to 8th Ave. Turn right on 8th Avenue to Garfield Place.

Questions? E-mail Us or call 718-624-5921

Thursday, October 11, 2007
Like to talk politics? Join us for a YOUNG ADULTS Happy Hour at
Revival, 129 E. 15th Street (between Irving Place and 3rd Ave) at
6:30pm.

Sunday, October 7, 2007
Join us for a night at the theater to see MASKED. Written by an Israeli, MASKED, reflects a singularly Palestinian point of view. The play is a family drama which depicts tragedy of one family torn between duty, kinship, principles, and survival. The performance will be followed by an open discussion led by Prof. Stephen P. Cohen as a representative for Israel Policy Forum. Cohen is also an Honorary Board member of Brit Tzedek.

If you would like to attend, RSVP via email by SEPTEMBER 28. Tickets are $40 each, (a $20 discount). Please make your check out to: Brit Tzedek v'Shalom and mail to: Brit Tzedek, 114 W. 26th Street, NY, NY 10001. Checks must be postmarked by SEPTEMBER 28. We will send you a confirmation email. Tickets will be picked up at the box office on the day of the show. The performance is at the DR2 Theater, 103 E. 15th Street in Union Square and will run from 4-6:00pm.

Thursday, June 7, 2007, 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Tom Segev, one of Israel's leading contemporary historians, will discuss his new book: 1967: Israel, The War and the Year that Transformed the Middle East
At Congregation Beth Elohim (Park Slope, Brooklyn). In the Temple House.
Garfield Pl. near 8th Ave across from the main sanctuary building.
Subways: 2/3 to Grand Army Plaza;
F (front/downtown end of train) to Seventh Avenue

Tom Segev, one of Israel's leading contemporary historians, will discuss his new book: 1967: Israel, The War and the Year that Transformed the Middle East. Mr. Segev, who also writes for the Israeli daily newspaper, Haaretz, is the author of three now classic books: 1949: The First Israelis, The Seventh Million: The Israelis and the Holocaust, and One Palestine Complete: Jews and Arabs Under the British Mandate. Segev's new book has been described as a sweeping and provocative history of 1967, The Six Day War, what led to it, what came after and how it changed everything. Copies of 1967 will be available for purchase at this free event.

Sponsored by Congregation Beth Elohim in association with Brit Tzedek v'Shalom

April 27, 2007, 8:15pm
Shabbat Service and Presentation: Let's Talk! - A Discussion on a just two-state solution to the Israeli Palestinian conflict with Chapter Leader Ben Murane and Director of Chapter and Grassroots Development, Carinne Luck.
At the Union Temple, 17 Eastern Parkway, in Brooklyn. Click here for more information.

The Next Generation of Civil Rights Activists in Israel:
Meet NIF Law Fellows Morad El-Sana and Gil Gan-Mor

Wednesday, March 14, 7:00-9:00 pm
The Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life at NYU
7 East 10th St. (between 5th Ave. and University Pl.)

Please join the New Israel Fund for a discussion with New Israel Fund law fellows, Morad El-Sana and Gil Gan-Mor. They will speak about the paths that led them to civil rights litigation, their thoughts on key issues facing Israel today, and the role of NIF and its grantees in the social change movement in Israel.

MORAD EL-SANA has worked as a staff attorney at the Negev office of Adalah: Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, where he petitioned the Supreme Court on behalf of education rights for Bedouin citizens. He has also worked as a legal advisor for Community Advocacy and has provided pro bono representation for Bedouin families in housing demolition cases.

GIL GAN-MOR served most recently as a lawyer for HaMoked, Center for the Defense of the Individual, providing legal assistance to Palestinians whose rights have been violated by Israeli authorities. Prior to that, he was an intern with ACRI. He also works as a pro bono legal adviser for Aguda, the leading LGBT organization in Israel; runs "Gay-Bar", a legal forum of LGBT lawyers, law students and human rights activists; and manages the legal forum of IGY, the Israeli Gay Youth website.

NEW ISRAEL FUND'S Israel-U.S. Civil Liberties Law Program provides academic and professional experience in the U.S. to Israeli lawyers specializing in civil rights. There are 50 program graduates who form the core of the civil rights bar in Israel -- as academics, community organizers, founders of non-profit organizations, and litigators. Ha'aretz called the creation of the law program one of the "two crucial decisions [that] changed the face of public law in Israel."

There is no charge for this event, but RSVPs are required. If you'd like to attend, please send an email by clicking Here.

March 25, 2007, 12:00 Noon
Brit Tzedek's New York Offices - 114 W. 26th St., 10th Floor (between 6th and 7th Avenues)

Send RSVP by clicking [here].

Diane Balser will speak to us about advocacy steps we can all take to bring about the negotiated two-state solution for Jews and Palestinians in the context of our "Let's Talk" campaign. The New York City chapter is planning home district advocacy meetings with local Representatives and Senators for the Spring.

Diane will also speak to us about "Advocacy Days" which will be held June 18-19 in Washington DC. During Advocacy Days, participants will receive step-by-step training on how to conduct advocacy visits in your home district and Washington, DC. In culmination, participants will attend several advocacy meetings with Representatives, Senators and/or their staff on the Hill.

January 10 & 11, 2007
Brit Tzedek's Combatants for Peace Tour will be coming to New York on Wednesday, January 10 and Thursday, January 11, 2007. The two speakers, Elik Elhanan and Sulaiman Al Hamri, will be giving talks in both New York and Brooklyn.

January 10, 2007
7pm, Congregation Beth Elohim, 274 Garfield Place (corner of 8th Ave)
Sponsor: New York City Chapter of Brit Tzedek v'Shalom
For more information, contact Carinne Luck by email or (212) 366-1670

January 11, 2007
7 pm The Village Temple, 33 E. 12th St. (between University and Broadway)
Sponsor: New York City Chapter of Brit Tzedek v'Shalom
Co-sponsor: The Village Temple
For more information, contact Carinne Luck by email or (212) 366-1670

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.

December 12, 2006 
Rabbi Arik Ascherman of Rabbis for Human Rights will tell us about RHR's work defending the rights of Israelis, Bedouin people and Palestinians alike. Joining him will be Bassem Eid, of the Palestinian Human Rights Monitor Group. Hear Rabbi Ascherman and Bassem Eid speak at Shaare Zedek, 212 W. 93rd Street (B'way/Amsterdam). Suggested donation is $10.00. This event is sponsored by New York City Brit Tzedek v'Shalom.

November 26, 2006 Event Flyer
Brit Tzedek v'Shalom is hosting Breaking the Silence, a group of former IDF soldiers who served in Hebron and are now speaking out against the occupation. 7:00pm at Beit Shalom, 114 W. 26th Street, 10th Floor (between 6th & 7th Avenues). This event is co-sponsored by New York City Tikkun Community.

November 10, 2006
Brit Tzedek hosted a dinner with two OneVoice student activists. The Israeli and Palestinian activists described their personal histories and how they arrived at the same conclusion to reject extremism, despite holding many different views. 7:00pm at The Olive Vine Restaurant, 54 Seventh Avenue, Park Slope.

October 24, 2006
Young Adults Happy Hour

October 23, 2006
Briefing by Marcia Freedman, President of Brit Tzedek v'Shalom
7:00-8:30pm at Beit Shalom, 114 W. 26th Street, between 6/7 Aves, 10th Floor. Marcia Freedman will discuss the strategic decisions facing the American Jewish community regarding Israel now and Brit Tzedek's role. Light refreshments will be served.

October 22, 2006
Brooklyn Peace Fair
Brit Tzedek will be hosting an information table from 11:00am-5:00pm. Please email us if you are interested in volunteering or just stop by to say hello! This year's event will be at Long Island University's downtown Brooklyn Campus. More information about the Peace Fair.

October 11, 2006
Discussion at Kolot Chayeinu
7:00-9:00pm at Kolot Chayeinu, 1012 8th Avenue, Brooklyn. Brit Tzedek will facilitate discussion through use of film clips and provide an overview of our current activities and campaigns, as well as how to get involved. Free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

October 4, 2006
Prospects for Peace Presented by Daniel Levy
The NYC Chapter will be hosting Daniel Levy, lead Israeli drafter of the Geneva Initiative and current Director of Middle East Initiatives at the New America/Century Foundation. 6:15pm at Beit Shalom, 114 W. 26th Street, 10th Floor. Light refreshments will be served.

September 28, 2006
Young Adults Happy Hour
7:00pm at Slainte, 304 Bowery Street, Cross Street: E 1st Street. Take F or V to 2nd Ave or 6 to Spring. Come meet some new people and discuss Brit Tzedek's next steps.

September 17, 2006

Jewzapalooza!! The NYC chapter of Brit Tzedek and the NYC chapter Young Adults program will table at the Jewish Music and Heritage Festival from 10:00am-8:00pm. The day will include Jewish food, clothes, music, and much more. To help with the information table or with our concession stand, send an email.

August 13, 2006
Come join Brit Tzedek at the Workmen's Circle Madison Avenue Street Fair. The New York Chapter will be hosting an information table from 10:00am-5:00pm. Please stop by and say hello. If you're interested in volunteering at our table, send us an email. Hope to see you there.

August 1, 2006
Young Adults Group Happy Hour - Tuesday, 7:00-9:00 pm at Slainte: 304 Bowery Street, Cross Street: E 1st Street. Take F or V to 2nd Ave or 6 to Spring. Come meet some new people and get updated on the current situation in Gaza and Lebanon. RSVP by email.

July 24, 2006
The New York Chapter of Brit Tzedek will be meeting at 6:00 pm at Beit Shalom, 114 West 26th Street (26th St. & 6th Ave.), Floor 10, to discuss the escalation of violence involving Lebanon and Gaza that's been taking place, as well as Brit Tzedek's response. Rob Levy, our Washington representative, will be joining us. Carinne Luck, our national chapter organizer, will facilitate our discussion.

We will discuss:

- What's been happening in the Middle East and the U.S. and international response,
- How other Brit Tzedek chapters are responding to the crisis,
- How Brit Tzedek nationally has responded,
- How we as a chapter and Brit Tzedek nationally should respond.

Our community welcomes anyone, new to Brit Tzedek or veteran, to discuss the recent events and share your thoughts, hopes, fears and possible actions. Bring a potluck food item to share with all (juice, bagged snacks, salad, homemade dish, etc.).

June 26, 2006
NYC Chapter Meeting, 6:30-8:30pm at Beit Shalom, 114 W. 26 Street-10th Fl, New York. The agenda included a report back from our volunteers who met with Senators and Representatives of New York State, PLUS brainstorming regarding our 2006-2007 plan. We have big shoes to fill with Jen Klein’s absence, so let’s get started!

Committees and projects to brainstorm:

- Education
- Advocacy
- Outreach & Membership
- Media
- ...more as you suggest!

For more information please contact Ben Murane.

May 25, 2006
7:00pm, at the at NYU Hillel, Bronfman Center, 7 E. 10th Street. Brit Tzedek welcomes Menachim Klein, who will speak on “Prospects for a Negotiated Two-State Solution in Uncertain Times.” Contact Carinne Luck for more information.

May 21, 2006
6:30pm - Beit Shalom, 114 W. 26 Street, New York. Chapter Meeting - Please join the NYC Brit Tzedek chapter for our May meeting and for a farewell party for our outgoing chapter chair, Jen Klein. Drinks and snacks will be provided.

May 4, 2006
ENCOUNTER POINT AT THE TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL - Join other Brit Tzedek members for the screening of Encounter Point at the Museum of Jewish Heritage on May 4th, 2006. Brit Tzedek will meet 30 minutes before the film in order to attend together. Directors Ronit Avni and Julia Bacha take us beyond the daily news coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, in which the casualties rarely seem more than discouraging numbers on both sides, and introduce us to the people most affected: those caught in the crossfire. In this inspiring documentary, a group of brave individuals reject revenge and the endless cycle of violence, thereby risking ostracism from their own communities. The film features an Israeli settler, a convicted Palestinian fighter, a bereaved Israeli mother, and a wounded Palestinian ex-prisoner. All of them are members of The Bereaved Families' Forum, a group of about 500 families from both sides who are attempting to "solve the ongoing conflict between Israelis and Palestinians through dialogue and mutual understanding." While the members do not agree on all the issues, they do believe that they must agree to disagree and find peace through reconciliation and coexistence. We watch as years of anger and hatred are tempered by the shared bond of grief, which bridges chasms of misunderstanding. These brave individuals reject revenge and the endless cycle of violence, thereby risking ostracism from their own communities. They make a conscious choice to turn away from the inflammatory rhetoric of the media and the politicians, and instead take their cues from nonviolent figures like Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Nelson Mandela. This compelling story is one of forgiveness, and ultimately one of hope. How does one of the most divisive and explosive conflicts in the history of the world get resolved? It begins with a single step.

May 2, 2006
THE DOR CHADASH ISRAEL INDEPENDENCE DAY EVENT Sign up now for the annual community-wide Israel Independence Day Event on Tuesday, May 2nd at Crobar. More than 100 organizations have partnered to make this the biggest event ever! For details and RSVP please visit: http://dorchadashusa.org/event065.asp. Brit Tzedek is a co-sponsor of this event and we would love to have a strong Brit Tzedek showing! Volunteers will be given free admission (a $25 value).

March 21, 2006
Please join Brit Tzedek v’Shalom for a conversation on “The Israeli Elections: Kadima, Hamas and the Changing Political Landscape.” 7:00-9:00pm. For more information and to RSVP please email us. Part of Brit Tzedek v'Shalom Young Adult Programs.

March 17, 2006
NETANYAHU?S FOLLY: WHY THE ISRAELI ECONOMY REALLY DOES NEED PEACE - Shabbat Sermon by Bernard Avishai. Location: The Village Temple, 33 E. 12th Street. Bernard Avishai is former editor of Harvard Business Review, visiting Professor at Duke University, and former director of the Zell Entrepreneurship Program at the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya. Event sponsored by Brit Tzedek and The Village Temple.

February 5, 2006
CONGRESSIONAL ADVOCACY TRAINING - Beit Shalom, 114 W. 26th Street, 10th floor. Please join us this Sunday for a congressional advocacy training as well as a general discussion on Hamas’ victory in the Palestinian elections.

October 28, 2005
Shabbes Dinner with Israeli journalist and filmmaker Chaim Yavin. Mr. Yavin will talk about his documentary, In the Land of the Settlers. Co-sponsored by the Workmen?s Circle and Americans for Peace Now

October 23, 2005
An evening with Geneva Accords architect and former Member of Knesset Yossi Beilin at B?nai Jeshurun 257 W. 88th Street, between Broadway and West End Avenue.

September 25, 2005
Jewzapalooza!! The NYC chapter of Brit Tzedek and the NYC chapter Young Adults program tabled the Jewish Music and Heritage Festival from 10:00am-9:00pm. The day was a wonderful occasion, with Jewish food, clothes, music, and much, much more. To help table at an event, send an email or just come visit us on the day.



September 11, 2005
New York City Chapter meeting: NYU Hillel/Bronfman Centre at 12:00pm. For more information, email us.

August 17, 2005
Co-operative Peace Building in Israel and the Palestinian Territories: An Evening with Just Vision Founder/Director Ronit Avni and Project Co-managers, Nahanni Rous and Joline Maklhouf at Gethsemane Church, 1012 Eighth Avenue, Brooklyn, NY (Park Slope).

Just Vision is a multimedia initiative to highlight grassroots efforts by Palestinian and Israeli civilians who are building a base for peace in the Middle East. The organization engages in strategic outreach to raise awareness about the critical efforts of ordinary people who can no longer sit back and watch their children inherit the conflict.

August 9, 2005
Five Brit Tzedek v’Shalom members, accompanied by National Chapter Organizer Carinne Luck, met with Congresswoman Nita Lowey in her White Plains district office, to introduce her to Brit Tzedek v’Shalom, thank her for her positive actions on Capitol Hill, and encourage her to take steps to get the American Government supporting pragmatic steps so that the Gaza disengagement leads the parties back to the “Roadmap to a negotiated 2-state solution.” The Congresswoman was impressed with our deep personal connections with Israel and Palestine, and with our involvement in the Westchester Jewish Community. She responded positively to maintaining an ongoing dialog on policy with us, and, should a chapter break off in Westchester, she would be happy to speak to a chapter meeting. She knows that our 200 supporters are counting on her for continuing constructive action supporting balanced and pragmatic policies.



From L to R: Harry Jellinek (Hastings-on-Hudson), Debra Goldstein (Larchmont), Shalom Endelman (New Rochelle), Yoram Gelman (Tarrytown) and Bob Schloss (Briarcliff/Ossining).

July 26, 2005
History vs. Geography: Is the only alternative to a geographical solution an endless struggle? 7:00-9:00pm at Slainte, 304 Bowery Street, cross street is E. First. Take F or V to 2nd Avenue or 6 to Spring. Flyer.

July 21, 2005
The Right to Return as Taboo in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. Join the New York chapter of Brit Tzedek for an evening with interfaith community leader Adeeb Fadil as we try to unpackage one of the most volatile issues of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. For more information, send an email.

June 2005
On June 6, 8 representatives from the New York chapter of Brit Tzedek met with Congresswoman Maloney in her home district office. The Congresswoman was incredibly supportive and the chapter looks forward to a continued relationship with her office. On June 8th, representatives from the New York and Albany chapters met with an aide in the office of Sen. Schumer. The meeting was a great success and hopefully will lay the foundation for future meetings. 10 representatives from the New York chapter traveled to DC for the Brit Tzedek National Advocacy Days, meeting with the offices of Representative Crowley and Sen. Clinton and Sen. Schumer. A report of from members of this delegation will be appearing shortly.

May 24, 2005
Happy Hour and Discussion: On the Gaza Withdrawal. 7:00pm at Slainte, 304 Bowery (at E. 1st Street). All are welcome to join an informal discussion about the Gaza Withdrawal and its implications for the American Jewish community and the American Jewish peace camp.

April 29, 2005
The New York chapter attended the opening night screening of Another Road Home. 7:00pm at the Angelika Film Center. Limited tickets available. Please email us to attend. Following the screening, there was an opportunity to discuss the film with the director. Find out more about the film.

April 12, 2005
Happy Hour and Discussion: The Role of American Jews in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Is the Progressive Voice Being Heard? 7:00pm at Slainte, 304 Bowery, New York.

March 20, 2005
New York City Chapter meeting: NYU Hillel/Bronfman Centre at 12:00pm. For more information, email us.

February 19-21, 2005
From Gaza to Negotiations: The Role of American Jews

Brit Tzedek v'Shalom's Third National Conference was held in New York at Temple Israel of the City of New York. A New York chapter meeting was held at lunch Monday during the conference.Find out more!

January 9, 2005
There was a New York City chapter meeting at the NYU Bronfman Center/Hillel at noon to discuss how the NYC chapter can be actively involved in the upcoming Brit Tzedek national conference. A light brunch was provided. For more info, email us.

December 12, 2004
Hanukah Meeting: The New York City chapter met at 12:00pm at the Hillel Bronfman Center at New York University, 7 E. 10th Street for a Sunday brunch to discuss upcoming programs for 2005. For more information, contact email us.

July 12, 2004
B’nai Jeshurun co-sponsored an event featuring IDF pilot Yonatan Shapira and Brit Tzedek President Marcia Freedman. In October 2003, Shapira was one of 27 pilots who signed the “Pilots’ Letter.” He discussed his courageous decision to refuse and explained how the occupation is hurting Israel’s security and democracy. 7:30 p.m., Congregation B’nai Jeshurun, 257 W. 88th St. (between Broadway and West End Ave.), New York.
[PDF of flyer for event]
Press Coverage: New York Jewish Week

Local Press Coverage
  • National Catholic Reporter
    February 2, 2007
    Battle Stories Bring Former Enemies Together
    Robert Hirschfield
    In the winter of 2005, Elik Elhanan and a group of soldier refusers found themselves riding the back roads used by the settlers, on their way back to Bethlehem. Read More

  • Observer
    January 11, 2007
    At a Brooklyn Temple, An Israeli Veteran Tells of His Sister's Murder by a Suicide Bomber
    Mondo Weiss
    Last night Brit Tzedek, a group that opposes the Israel lobby from within the Jewish community, staged a presentation by two members of Combatants for Peace, an organization of former Israeli soldiers and Palestinian resistance fighters working for a two-state solution. About 60 people turned out in the basement of Beth Elohim, a Reform temple in Brooklyn. Read More

  • New York Jewish Week
    July 28, 2006
    The Liberals' Dilemma
    The tactical dilemma for Americans for Peace Now's Mark Rosenblum, above, is how to calibrate at what moment the war starts producing diminishing returns, at what point diplomacy should kick in.? [read more]

  • New York Jewish Week
    July 21, 2006
    Marshalling The Pro-Israel Forces
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi this week called situation in Lebanon ?appalling? and called for measures to hold Syria and Iran accountable. [read more]

  • New York Sun
    June 2, 2006
    Frank Purdue School of Foreign Affairs
    Remember Frank Purdue? Last week's flurry of events surrounding Israel and the Palestinians made me think of Purdue's famous commercial slogan: "It takes a tough man to make a tender chicken." [read more]

  • Jewish Currents
    July-August 2005
    Final Negotiations Now
    New York chapter member Marlene Nadle on why the US administration and the Jewish peace camp need to be pushing for final negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians. [read more]

  • The Jewish Week (NY)
    July 23, 2004
    Israeli Pilot: This Fight’s Not Right
    In 1967, Yonatan Shapira’s father flew his IDF jet low over the Mediterranean, making a swooping left turn in a devastating bombing run over Egyptian air bases. He spent the rest of the week flying in combat over the West Bank and Golan Heights.
    [read more]

  • The Jewish Week (NY)
    November 7, 2003
    Mitzna: Geneva Plan The Only Way
    Amram Mitzna, Labor’s standard-bearer in January when the party suffered its worst defeat in history, predicted Tuesday that the party would “disappear” unless it adopts at least the principles of the Geneva. Initiative, a proposed peace settlement he helped to negotiate with Palestinian leaders.
    [read more]

  • AUFBAU-The Transatlantic Jewish Newspaper
    March 6, 2003
    Brit Tzedek v’Shalom Launches “Bring the Settlers Home to Israel” Campaign
    They hope it will lead to a dismantling of the settlements in the disputed territories and effectively change American foreign policy toward Israel, encouraging the United States to take on a larger role in negotiating a peace treaty between Israelis and Palestinians.
    [read more]
  • NY Daily News (NY)
    January 24, 2003
    Israelis Want Peace and Security: Only Mitzna Can Deliver
    Brit Tzedek Board President Marcia Freedman publishes an opinion piece about the Israeli election.
    [read more]

  • The Jewish Week (NY)
    November 29, 2002
    The Sharon Plan Is In Place
    Brit Tzedek Board President Marcia Freedman wrote the following editorial about Sharon's limited vision of Palestinian ’sovereignty.’
    [read more]

  • Village Voice
    October 16, 2002
    Bereaved Relatives of Murdered Israelis and Palestinians Visit New York to Plead for Peace Together in Grief
    On August 4, Amiram and Tilda Goldin kissed their son Omri goodbye as always, telling him to be careful as he went off to do a stint of mandatory army service in the Israel Defense Forces. Omri was in a cheerful mood. He was 20 years old and the lead singer in a punk band Lucy’s Pussy that had just finished its first CD. He left the Goldins’ home in the Galilee of northern Israel at 7:30 a.m. Soon after, Tilda left for her job; Amiram, a city planner, finished his coffee and started work. At 8:45 Tilda called. “She told me there had been a suicide bombing on a bus from Karmiel and Omri wasn't answering his phone,” he recalls. “It was a very bad feeling.” Telling himself not to panic, he got in the car, figuring he might find his son at his planned destination. Along the way, he saw a police officer, who suggested he check with the local hospital. “I knew when Omri was not on any list [of the injured] and no one was missing, there could be only one answer,” says Amiram. “I only had to wait for the formal report.”
    [read more]

  • The New York Jewish Week
    June 21, 2002
    Mostly Quiet On The Left : U.S. groups offer muted response to UJC decision on aid beyond Green Line
    One of the sole Jewish groups speaking out is a small newcomer, Brit Tzedek v’Shalom, a group of American Jews that describes itself as pro-Israel and anti-occupation...
    [read more]

  • The Forward
    May 31, 2002
    N.Y. Liberal Elite Gathers To Back New Peace Group
    Members of New York's Jewish cultural and political elite gathered over wine and sushi last week to give a boost to a fledgling peace group that describes itself as “pro-Israel, anti-occupation.”...
    [read more]

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