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Brit Tzedek v'Shalom

Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace


Rhode Island

Who We Are
Download Rhode Island BTvS Archives here (6.8mb PDF)

Rhode Island Delegation at National Advocacy Days from L to R:
Daniel Orenstein, CEO Diane Balser, Sen. Lincoln Chafee (R-RI), Philip G. Rosen, Jeffrey Albert

Philip Rosen and Judy Kaye, Co-Chairs
David Joseph, Treasurer
Michael Rosen
Rabbi Jim Rosenberg
Bonnie Ryvicker
Mark Schneider
Sue Webb

  • Home District Advocacy
  • Membership Communication and Outreach
  • Community Relations
  • Events

  • Upcoming Events

    Thursday, June 25, 2009
    7:00 pm (6pm dinner)
    8 Upton Avenue,
    Providence,  RI (East Side)

    Please join us for a light dinner with Mr. abu Sarah at 6:00 p.m. Donation of $25 for dinner only. (Program at 7:00 is free).  Aziz abu Sarah has spent the last ten years working as a peace-builder. He is Palestinian chairman for the Bereaved Families Forum, a group composed of hundreds of Palestinians and Israelis who have lost family member violence in the region and who are committed to reconciliation and to a peaceful political settlement.  For more information please contact Judy Kaye: 401-751-8665. For dinner RSVP by June 24. Program sponsored by Brit Tzedek v'Shalom and The Center for World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution at George Mason University.  

    Past Events


    Thursday, April 23, 2009
    Temple Emanu-El
    99 Taft Avenue (corner of Morris Ave. and Sessions St.)
    Providence, RI

    Former Senator Lincoln Chafee and MJ Rosenberg, Director of Policy Analysis for Israel Policy Forum (IPF), will speak about “Peace Prospects in the Mideast:  A Post-Election Analysis.” The event, which is co-sponsored by the RI Chapter of Brit Tzedek v’Shalom (Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace), Temple Emanu-El, and the Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of RI, is free and open to the public.   For more information please contact us by email.

    Sunday, March 1, 2009

    3:00 pm
    Rites and Reason Theater
    Churchill House, 155 Angell St.
    Providence, RI

    Gever/Shabab, written by Israeli student Noam Dorr, paints an intimate portrait of
    the I-P conflict: a story of captivity and freedom, as well as choices and inevitabilities, told through the voices of a young Israeli and a young Palestinian. For more information contact us by email.

    To reserve seats, call 863-3558 or write

    Don't miss this original production ˆ and bring your friends!!  Admission is a
    suggested donation of $10, which goes to Rites and Reason Theater, the arts
    component of the Africana Studies Department at Brown.  

    For additional information, contact RI chapter co-chair Judy Kaye at 751-8665 or by email.

    Sunday, January 11, 2009
    1:00PM to 2:30PM

    Judy Kaye's house
    8 Upton Avenue
    Providence, RI

    Come to Brit Tzedek-RI's January chapter program to discuss the current Gaza war and Brit Tzedek's response.

    Sunday, December 13, 2008
    Providence Rhode Island Event

    Discussion Session Run by Brit Tzedek on Peace at Jewish Renaissance, a major community event at the JCC on Dec. 13th. Details TBA.

    Sunday, December 7, 2008

    Providence, RI Chapter Meeting
    3:00PM - 5:00PM
    Home of co-chair Judy Kaye
    8 Upton Avenue
    Providence, RI 02906

    Phone: 401-751-8665, Email

    Refreshments will be served. RSVP encouraged but not required.

    Sunday, June 1
    11:00-12:00, solidarity walk
    12:00-3:00 celebration
    Solidarity starts from Temple Torat Yisrael, Cranston and concludes at Roger Williams Park  Temple of Music, where celebration will be held.

    Israel @ 60 Celebration
    The Jewish Federation is sponsoring an Israel @ 60 Celebration on Sunday, June 1. There will be a solidarity walk from Temple Torat Yisrael in Cranston to the Roger Williams Park Temple of Music from 11:00-12:00.  Then from 12:00-3:00 there will be a celebration with food, music, activities, speakers, etc. 

    Brit Tzedek will have a table at the event.  We need volunteers to help us staff the table between 12:00 and 3:00. 

    Come promote a just peace for Israel's 60th birthday.  Even if you can only come for a half-hour, it would help us out a lot.  RSVP to RI Co-chair Judy Kaye at, or call her at 401-751-8665.

    Sunday, May 4
    Rhode Island Jewish Community Center

    Please join us at a public screening and discussion of the award-winning documentary film "Encounter Point" on Sunday, May 4 from 3-5:30 at the Jewish Community Center of Rhode Island.

    March 26. 2008
    7:00 pm
    Israel/Palestine Center for Research and Development (IPCRI) tour with Gerson Baskin and Hanna Siniora
    Temple Beth El, 70 Orchard Avenue, Providence
    Sponsor: Rhode Island Chapter of Brit Tzedek v'Shalom
    Co-sponsor: Temple Beth-El
    For more information, contact Judith Kaye by email

    March 13, 2008
    Brown University, McKinney Conference Room, Watson Center for International Studies, 111 Thayer Street, Providence.
    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. Sponsored by Providence Chapter of Brit Tzedek v'Shalom.

    March 1-16, 2008
    Photo exhibit of Breaking the Silence
    Regular exhibit hours are Monday - Friday: 12 pm - 7 pm; and Saturday - Sunday: 11 am - 6 pm.
    Harvard's Whitehead Center for International Studies, 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge.

    August 19, 2007, 4:00-7:00pm
    The RI Chapter of Brit Tzedek v’Shalom is having a Summer Barbecue! Bring your family, mingle with pro-peace, pro-Israel RI Jews, and enjoy “West Bank Story”, a fun, short film that was nominated for an Oscar – “a little singing, a little dancing, a lot of hummus.” Send us an e-mail for more information.

    April 16, 2007, 6:30 - 7:30
    A discussion with Phil Rosen, Co-Chairperson of the Rhode Island Chapter of Brit Tzedek, at Tamarisk Assisted Living, 3 Shalom Drive, Warwick.

    Free and open to the public. Phil was invited to be a speaker in a series of seminars called "About Israel," in the Tamarisk U. program. He was asked to discuss the topic "An Approach to Peace (or, is there a place for a liberal in Israel?)," covering the possibilities and opportunities for Jewish peace movements in Israel and the U.S. If you plan to attend, it is recommended that you reserve a seat, though walk-ins will be accommodated if space is available. For reservations, contact Gina at 401-732-0037.

    Tuesday, April 24,2007 at 7:00 pm
    Brit Tzedek and Temple Beth El's Adult Enrichment Committee will co-sponsor a talk by Israeli foreign policy expert and negotiator Daniel Levy, on the topic "A Personal Take on How To Be Pro-Israel,"
    Temple Beth El, 70 Orchard Avenue, Providence.

    Levy was a member of the Israeli negotiation team at the 1995 Oslo 2 talks and was one of Ehud Barak's delegates at the Taba summit in 2001. He was a key Israeli player in discussions and drafting of the Geneva Initiative, an unofficial model for a peace settlement, negotiated by prominent Israelis and Palestinians. For several years, Levy was Director of Policy and International Efforts at Heskem, the Israeli headquarters of the joint non-governmental Israeli-Palestinian Geneva Initiative. He is currently in the US as Senior Fellow and director of the Prospects for Peace Initiative at the Century Foundation in Washington DC. He is also active with the International Crisis Group, a non-profit research organization which is working on restarting peace talks. Widely recognized as a prominent policy analyst, Levy has written extensively for a broad range of publications, including Ha'aretz, The Jerusalem Post, The International Herald-Tribune, and The Boston Globe.

    April 26,2007 at 9:00 pm
    Conference Call with Lincoln Chafee
    Lincoln Chafee was known to be highly knowledgeable on Middle Eastern policy. He promoted U.S. policies that would lead to negotiations, and he always welcomed Brit Tzedek warmly into his office. Rhode Island supporters of BritTzedek will be especially interested in his analysis of the situation. We are proud that the organization has invited him to speak with our national membership. Watch your e-mail in later April for instructions on how to dial in for this important program.

    January 21, 2007
    Combatants for Peace/Elik Elhanan and Sulaiman Al Hamri
    Jewish Community Center
    401 Elmgrove Avenue, Providence
    Sponsor: Rhode Island Chapter of Brit Tzedek v'Shalom
    Co-sponsors: Congregation Agudas Achim
    Brit Tzedek’s Combatants for Peace Tour will be coming to Providence on Sunday, January 21, 2007. The two speakers, Elik Elhanan and Sulaiman Al Hamri,will be giving a talk at the Jewish Community Center at 4:00 PM. The JCC is located at 401 Elmgrove Avenue in Providence. For more information on this event, please contact Judith Kaye via email. For more information on the Combatants for Peace Tour, including bios of the speakers and a description of Combatants for Peace, please click here.

    August 10, 2006
    Discussion on Lebanon War
    The Chapter held a Parlor discussion about the Lebanon War on August 10, 2006. 10 people attended. We intended, and succeded, in creating a safe space for individuals to express their hopes, fears, and concerns about the war, without political polarization or debate.

    July 20, 2006

    Join Brit Tzedek Rhode Island at the Standing in Solidarity with Israel Rally 6:45pm, JCC Social Hall, 401 Elmgrove Avenue, Providence. We urge all Brit Tzedek members and supporters in Rhode Island to come and show your support for Israel by attending the rally on Thursday, July 20, taking place at 7:30 at the JCC Social Hall. This event is sponsored by the Community Relations Council of the JFRI and the Rhode Island Board of Rabbis.

    Please gather with us at 6:45 PM (a room at the JCC will be provided) to review a few "talking points" in the event that people engage us in conversation about Brit Tzedek. We will provide Brit Tzedek t-shirts and/or buttons for those of you who attend. We intend to keep a low profile at this event, while showing our support for Israel at this critical time. Our goal is to demonstrate that Brit Tzedek is pro-Israel and pro-peace, and that we are a legitimate and alternative voice in the Jewish community. Ideally, let us know in advance if you are coming. You can call Judy Kaye at 751-8665 or email her. Even if you don?t RSVP, show up anyway and introduce yourselves to us.

    December 8, 2005
    Brit Tzedek v'Shalom CEO, Diane Balser will speak at the Rhode Island chapter's kick-off event.
    Jewish Community Center of Rhode Island, 410 Elmgrove Avenue, Providence.

    Local Press Coverage

    The Jewish Review
    January 15, 2009
    Letter to the Editor: Diplomatic solution essential for Israel
    By Rabbi James B. Rosenberg
    NO ONE can doubt the right of Israel to protect its citizens from rocket fire by Hamas. As this is written in the last days of December, Israel has employed massive, surgical air strikes aimed at Hamas installations and personnel. A force buildup on the border threatens ground incursions into Gaza. Read More.

    Barrington Times
    May 14, 2007
    Letter to the Editor: Israel at 60
    By Rabbi James B. Rosenberg
    I am almost four years older than the State of Israel.  When I set foot in Israel for the first time in June of 1965, I had recently completed my Junior year at Columbia College.  To be honest, I was a rather naïve 21-year-old, while Israel was an adolescent 17. Read More.

    Jewish Voice and Herald
    May 11, 2007
    Middle East Peace, A Balancing Act
    Mary Korr
    Israeli peace negotiator and policy analyst Daniel Levy, speaking the King's English, punched out a fusillade of Middle East facts, figures and analyses April 24 at Temple Beth-El. A London native, he made aliyah to Israel in 1991. Read More.

    Jewish Voice and Herald
    February 2, 2007
    Tale of Two Enemies, Now Allies
    Mary Korr
    Palestinian Sulaiman Al Hamri and Israeli Elik Elhanan, former enemies on the field of battle, now march in peace, in an organization they helped found, Combatants for Peace. Read More

    Providence Journal
    January 19, 2007
    Combatants for Peace
    A former Israeli soldier, Elik Elhanan, and a former Palestinian combatant and prisoner, Sulaiman Al Hamri, will speak on Sunday at 4 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center of Rhode Island, 401 Elmgrove  Ave., to advocate for nonviolent alternatives for achieving a  resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Read More

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