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Brit Tzedek v'Shalom
Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace
Tuesday Dec. 1, 2009
Chapter meeting discussing iBrit Tzedek becoming the field operation of J Street. We are excited to be merging with our sister organization. Also Short business meeting for final planning for Dan Fleshler event on Dec. 19 and a report back from J Street Conference and recap of upcoming Brit Tzedek-J Street merger
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Transforming America’s Israel Lobby: Prospects for Peace & the Role of the American Jewish Community An evening with Dan Fleshler,media and public affairs strategist.
Dan Fleshler is a board member of Ameinu and Americans for Peace Now
Flesher’s recent book, Transforming America’s Israel Lobby: The Limits of Its Power and the Potential for Change, offers insights into the shifts taking place in the pro-Israel American Jewish community, including growing dissent against what he calls the “conventional Israel lobby.” Former Ambassador to Israel Samuel Lewis has written that Fleshler’s book “dispels many myths while facing squarely some perennial dilemmas faced by peace-seeking American Jews, and outlines a pro-peace, pro-Israel, pro-Palestinian and pro-American road forward for them to take.” Free admission Sponsored by Congregations Neveh Shalom, Shir Tikvah, Beth Israel (Eugene) and Kol Shalom, and Brit Tzedek v’Shalom, The Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace, Portland and Eugene Chapters.
Sponsored by Congregation Neveh Shalom, P'nai Or of Portland, Congregation
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SPONSORED BY PORTLAND BRIT TZEDEK V'SHALOM
Monday, November 9, 2009
At our next chapter meeting items on the agenda will include: Co-sponsorship of a speaking appearance by Dan Fleshler, an adviser to J Street and the author of the recent book, Transforming America's Israel Lobby: The Limits of Its Power and the Potential for Change" at Neveh Shalom in Portland, Saturday, Scheduling a “Report Back” by Portland Brit Tzedek members who attended the J Street Conference, “Driving Change, Securing Peace”, and a report on Brit Tzedek’s upcoming unification with J Street night, Dec 19
Topic for Session 1: “A land without a people for a people without a land” The first and second Aliyah (immigration of Jews to Palestine) and relations with the Palestinian population until 1948.
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Come join others committed to working for a just peace in Israel and Palestine as we discuss the organization's current campaign "We’ve Your Back, Mr. President" a national effort to build support for President Obama's pursuit of Israeli-Palestinian peace. For more information please email us.
You are invited to spend an evening of art and Middle East politics in the
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Come to the potluck for delicious food and a chance to shmooz with others who share your commitment to peace & security in the Middle East. Stay for the meeting and get involved in our work. For more information please contact us by email.
The Politics of Water in the Middle East & the Developing World.
Speakers will be Congressman Earl Blumenauer who will address “Water for the Poor: Confronting the Challenges of a Global Water Crisis” and Dr. Jeff Albert, Water Resource Specialist at the Aquaya institute in San Francisco, who will address “Freshwater scarcity and its effect on the struggle for Arab-Israeli peace.”
Joining Dr. Albert on the podium will be Mousa Diabat, an Arab-Israeli who has worked for the Israeli Ministry for Environmental Protection and as a research assistant on a transboundary watershed project. He is currently a Fulbright scholar at OSU.
Co-sponsored by Congregation Shir Tikvah and Bridgeport UCC.
For more information contact us by email or (503) 249-1957 (503 504-5118, day of event)
Thursday , February 26, 2009
Get involved for peace through our chapter meeting! Join us as we make our final plans for our March 1 event as well as discuss our future programs and activities. For more information contact us by email.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
First-hand Report from Israel
Jonathan & Ruthie Moss, an Israeli couple currently living in Portland,
In addition to responding to the current crisis, we have lots of ongoing
On the advocacy front: we just met with Congressman-elect Kurt
We are also in the planning stages for some speakers and programs–your
For more information contact us.
Sunday, January 4, 2009
Many of us feel a need to get together to talk about what’s happening in
Film: TO SEE IF I'M SMILING
Join our discussion about the move at: http://smilediscussion.wordpress.com/
The Portland Chapter of Brit Tzedek v'Shalom is looking for people to help staff our literature table at the Social Justice Institute? You don’t need to know everything about us; it’s
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Five members of the Portland chapter of Brit Tzedek participated in this year's Grassroots Leadership Training Institute and national Advocacy Days in Washington DC, June 21-24. They are very excited to share what they did and learned with you!
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Yom Hazikaron Observance
Wednesday, May 7
January 31, 2008
Talk & Slide Show: Majed Aloush and Yassin Hamdan, Palestinian Social Workers
For more information please contact the Portland Chapter.
January 13, 2008
New Year Potluck and Chapter Meeting
Please join us to for a potluck and Chapter Meeting where you can eat yummy food and get to know others who support a just peace in the Middle East. We will have a chance to talk about our exciting upcoming projects and news! This is a great chance to meet with other local Brit Tzedek supporters and get involved!
For more information please contact the Portland Chapter.
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Film: “Occupied Minds: A Palestinian-Israeli Journey Beyond Hope & Despair”
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Film: “The Iron Wall”
Please join us in watching and discussing this 52-minute film, which addresses the issue of Israeli settlements and their impact on Palestinian life. The film features key Israeli and Palestinian voices on the issue and explores how settlements undermine prospects for peace between Israelis and Palestinians. For more information about the film you can read “Breaking Down the Iron Wall: A talk with filmmaker Mohammed Alatar” by Hillel Schenker printed in Palestine-Israel Journal by visiting http://www.pij.org/details.php?id=415.For more information please contact the Portland Chapter
Tuesday, September 4, 2007, 7:00pm
We open the year with an exciting program!
The Jewish Dialogue Group: Working to promote constructive dialogue within Jewish communities about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and other controversial issues.
In June a member of the Jewish Dialogue Group of Philadelphia led a
Now we are offering an opportunity for everyone who would like to
Many Jews are looking for more useful ways to discuss the situation in the Middle East. Discussion about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict can be extremely difficult. People with strong convictions about the
The Jewish Dialogue Group came together to provide resources to help our community to grapple with these problems.
We have found that carefully structured and facilitated "dialogue
Through dialogue, people with seemingly irreconcilable positions can find ways to talk with and listen to each other, to understand each other, and to look for common ground. We believe that dialogue can strengthen Jewish communities; foster personal clarity and healing; and indirectly, contribute to a resolution to the conflict.
Please join us September 4th
July 8, 7 to 8:30pm
From June 16th to 21st, three members of our chapter, Joel Glick, Megan Brown and Hilda Welch, were in Washington D.C for Brit Tzedek’s grass roots and advocacy training followed by visits to Oregon’s congressional representatives: Darlene Hooley, David Wu, Gordon Smith and Ron Wyden. Hear what they learned, their appraisal of Brit Tzedeks’s national growth and possibilities for our own work and development to bring peace between Israel and the rest of the region.
Please RSVP by sending us an e-mail or by calling us at 503-227-4981
May 30, 2007, 6pm potluck and 7pm meeting at the home of Hilda Welch. Please send us an e-mail for more directions and more information.
April 15, 2007 7pm
We’ll be talking about the upcoming Grassroots Leadership Training Institute & National Advocacy Days, the Let’s Talk campaign, and have the option of watching a DVD from the Combatants for Peace tour featuring Elik Elhanan and Sulaiman Al Hamri. (Elik is the Israeli coordinator of C4P. He was the Israeli speaker for the first portion of the tour on the East Coast).
Please join us for an evening of fellowship and discussion. No dinner potluck this time but perhaps there will be dessert!
March 11, 2007
Brit Tzedek v'Shalom Portland invites you to join Brit Tzedek activists
who will be meeting with Kerry Tymchuk, local staff of Senator Gordon Smith.
Brit Tzedek Potluck and Meeting
6:00pm, 3147 NE 22nd
Agenda includes: Great food, Combatants for Peace report, visits to Congressional representatives, our new national campaign "Let's Talk" and steering committee elections Everyone welcome. We want and need your input!
February 5, 2007
February 6, 2007
Rabbis for Human Rights director Arik Ascherman Speaks
Rabbi Arik Ascherman, Executive Director of Rabbis for Human Rights, will speak on "Human Rights, Jewish Values and the Israeli Palestinian Conflict," Wednesday, November 29 at 7:30 PM at Havurah Shalom, 825 NW 18th Ave. There is no charge for the talk, which is jointly sponsored by Congregations Havurah Shalom and Shir Tikvah. For more information please email us - email@example.com.
Wednesday, November 8, 7:00 PM
September 6, 2006
August 23, 2006
For two and a half years Yavin-known and revered for his objectivity when delivering the nightly news-wandered the West Bank and Gaza Strip with a small hand-held camera, talking to and filming dozens of settlers, soldiers and Palestinians, people of all political persuasions. The result is a five-part documentary, "The Land of the Settlers," in which Yavin willingly abandons his newsman's objectivity to bring a message to the country, a message that he himself describes this way: "If we want peace, we have to dismantle the settlements."
"It isn't possible to spend time in the territories and reach conclusions different from those I reached, unless you're lying to yourself," Yavin told Israeli reporters. In Yavin's own words, in an op-ed he wrote for The Boston Globe, "[The series] created an uproar. The settlers demanded my resignation, while others said the series was an eye-opener."
Some have compared "The Land of the Settlers" to a special report that Walter Cronkite made in 1968, when he visited Vietnam after the Tet offensive and declared that the United States' efforts were failing there and the country was "mired in stalemate," in a famous phrase from the report. Yavin told a New York Times reporter that he remembers the report and its impact-five weeks after it aired, President Lyndon B. Johnson said he would not seek re-election-but denied that his own film could have such grave repercussions.May 1, 2006
7:30 pm - Potluck and Chapter Meeting. Potluck at 6pm, meeting at 7:30 - come when you can!
April 5, 2006
Potluck Dinner, Post-Election Discussion and Chapter Meeting - 6:00 potluck, 6:30 discussion, 7:30 meeting. Our discussion this month will focus on the Israeli election which took place last Tuesday, March 28. This will be our first business meeting since forming an executive committee; members are Rebecca Budner, Joel Glick and Sandy Polishuk. The committee planned the agenda for the April 5 meeting, which will include reports on the San Francisco conference and our election forum on March 12. In addition, we will be planning screenings of Land of the Settlers as well as other upcoming projects. Please plan to join us! For more information, please email us.
March 12, 2006
FORUM ON THE ISRAELI AND PALESTINIAN ELECTIONS, 2:30 – 4:00 pm, Mittleman Jewish Community Center. How is the “political earthquake” going to shake out in the Middle East? Does Hamas have anything to offer the peace process? How will Israelis react to the change in the political landscape in the election on March 28th? Join us for a lively presentation and discussion about the recent Palestinian and the upcoming Israeli elections. Leading our forum are Aaron Vitells, David Barkai, and Frank Afranji, who are local community activists with close ties to the Middle East. The forum will include presentations by the panel followed by an opportunity for questions from the audience. The Forum on the Israeli and Palestinian Elections is sponsored by the Portland chapter of Brit Tzedek v'Shalom. This event is free and open to the public. For any questions about this event please call 503-293-9092.
October 26, 2005
Noam Chayut and Avichay Sharon: Breaking the Silence
Breaking the Silence is about the psychological effects of the occupation on the soldiers and, more broadly, the psychological effects of war on soldiers and citizens alike.
September 29, 2005
Water, Justice, and Middle East Peace with Water Resources Specialist and Brit Tzedek board member, Dr. Jeff Albert, PhD. Dr. Albert is the co-founder and CEO of the Aquaya Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to research, testing, and promotion of water resource innovations in the developing world. Dr. Albert also teaches at the Arava Institute of Environmental Studies in Israel and has an adjunct faculty position at Brown University. Between 1998 and 2001, Dr. Albert was on the staff of the Water Commission, the Israeli government agency with prime responsibility for water allocation decision-making.
The first lecture is at noon and will be held PSU Campus Ministries. Co-sponsored by the PSU Campus Ministries and is sponsored by the Portland chapter of Brit Tzedek v’Shalom. The second lecture will be at Havurah Shalom. Sponsored by the Portland chapter of Brit Tzedek v'Shalom.
June 2, 2005
On June 2, a delegation of Portland chapter activists met with Senator Wyden’s state director. The chapter identified that the principal value of this first visit was in introducing ourselves to the office and opening the door for us in the future. We look forward to a continued relationship with Sen. Wyden's office. To find out how you can become involved in the chapter's advocacy activities, send an email.
March 3, 2005
Yonatan Shapira, Israeli Air Force refuser, was interviewed on radio station KBOO 90.7 at 9:00am. News coverage
He spoke at 2:00pm at Portland State University, as part of a program sponsored by the PSU graduate program in Conflict Resolution and Lutheran Episcopal Campus Ministries.
Shapira also spoke at the Mittleman Jewish Community Center at 7:00 PM. The event is free and open to the public; however, donations to benefit the Refuser Solidarity Network will be greatly appreciated. For more information, send an email or call (503) 249-1957. Event flyer
January 9, 2005
Art on the Wall: Spend a Sunday afternoon connecting to others committed to Israel?s well-being and the achievement of a negotiated settlement to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Choose from one of three groups or visit them all. Write poems about Israel inspired by slides and poetry. Use watercolors and create collages, using images that evoke our personal feelings about Israel and being Jewish. Listen to Israeli and Palestinian music and create a paper wall of graffiti and drawing. Respond to the wall and to people who live on both sides. Finger foods, munchies and beverages will be provided. 1:30 – 4:30pm, St. Mark Presbyterian Church.
November 18, 2004
The Portland Chapter hosted a members-only evening potluck with Marcia Freedman, national President of Brit Tzedek v'Shalom. For more information, send an email.
November 19, 2004
Marcia Freedman, President of Brit Tzedek v'Shalom, spoke about The Road to Peace in Israel: The Role of the American Jewish Community at 7:30 p.m. at the Pollin Chapel in the Schnitzer Family Center of Temple Beth Shalom. The event was free and open to the public. For more information, call (503) 231-4160 or contact send an email.
September 11, 2004
The Portland chapter sponsored a workshop as part of the Jewish community’s Education Shuk. Sid Lezak and Sandy Polishuk, Brit Tzedek members, made a workshop presentation on “An Alternative American Jewish Voice for Peace in the Middle East: On the Road from Geneva.”
August 18, 2004
Meeting with Congressman Blumenauer!
Members of the Portland Brit Tzedek chapter were invited by Congressman Earl Blumenauer to join an exclusive invite-only meeting last week of the district’s Jewish leaders. Amidst an illustrious crowd that included the president of the local American Jewish Committee and the Executive Vice-President of the Portland Jewish Federation, chapter chair Sandy Polishuk and Sid Lezak, a former U.S. attorney, discussed the upcoming “Open Letter from American Jews to the Next President campaign” and engaged all those present in a lively and primarily positive discussion about the pivotal role of the United States in the Middle East. Congressman Blumenauer was extremely supportive.
January 26, 2004
The Portland Brit Tzedek chapter hosted over 150 community members in a Brit Tzedek presentation, information session, and discussion on the Geneva Accords.
May 5, 2003
The Portland Chapter of Brit Tzedek v’Shalom presented Rabbi Arik Ascherman,Executive Director of Rabbis for Human Rights, at Congregation Neveh Shalom.
June 3, 2003
Mittleman Jewish Community Center at 7:30pm. Video “Inside God’s Bunker,” about the settlers in Hebron.
June 29, 2003
Israeli author Oz Shelach read from his “novel in fragments” Picnic Grounds (City Lights Publishers, 2003). In a series of vignettes, Oz writes of growing up in Israel and specifically Israeli's relations with Palestinians.
“There’s something so captivating about these ’fragments,’ about their beguiling simplicity, about the things they so eloquently withhold, something so pure and unpretentiously fresh. Oz Shelach, in the first person plural, is probably the most relentlessly restrained cartographer of the current Israeli scene, and this novel is the most intricately subtle commentary on that unsettled scene that I've read in years. A stunning literary achievement.” Anton Shammas.
April 20, 2003
Middle East Study Group. We discussed chapter 3 of “Righteous Victims” by Benny Morris.
April 27, 2003
Program meeting - Presentation of our Call to Bring the Settlers Home Petition.