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Brit Tzedek v'Shalom

Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace

Chapter Activities

San Francisco, California

To add your name to our San Francisco chapter mailing list and for more information about our activities and committees, please email us.
Upcoming Events

Thursday, November 12, 2009
7:30pm
Kehilla Community Synagogue
1300 Grand Avenue at Fairview
Piedmont

Brit Tzedek is happy to partner with Kehilla Community Synagogue for a discussion of the J St Conference. Members of our local community who attended the conference will contribute their observations and thoughts on 'what's next.'

For more information please contact us by email.

Past Events


SPONSORED BY SAN FRANCISCO BRIT TZEDEK V’SHALOM

Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Time and venue TBD

Joel Schalit, Israeli American journalist. Editor of Zeek online Magazine, and author will speak on: "Israeli-Palestinian conflict: The View from Europe"

For more information please contact us by email.

Critical praise for his book, Collective Action, A Bad Subjects Anthology
'Some of the most straightforward, readable, and most importantly, relevant prose you're likely to find.'
-- San Francisco Bay Guardian

In his new book, Israel vs. Utopia, Joel distinguishes between the Israel he knows, and the image of it that exists in the imagination of Americans. Israel is a state of mind, Schalit argues, as much as it is its own sovereign state. Exploring this tension in America, in Israel, employing a combination of personal observation, political, and cultural commentary, Schalit defines the instability of Israel as a metaphor, and America's troubled love for it as only an Israeli American would know.


Sunday, June 28, 2009
4-6pm
Please RSVP for address and directions

You are cordially invited to a Garden Reception in celebration of our Brit Tzedek West Coast Regional Office. The featured speaker will be Diane Balser, Interim Executive Director of Brit Tzedek. Please RSVP for address and directions or call 510 524-1993.


Sunday April 26, 2009

7:00 PM
Kehilla Community Synagogue
1300 Grand Avenue
Piedmont, CA

Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, the Palestinian physician whose three daughters and a niece lost their lives in the Gaza war, brings his message for peace and reconciliation to our Bay Area Jewish community.  A rabbi and Brit Tzedek leader in Pittsburgh says "Izzeldin is simply awesome. We had 300 people, we expected 80."  Space is limited: please RSVP. For more information please contact us by email.


May 31, 2009
5:00pm   
Netivot Shalom
1316 University Avenue
Berkeley

Join us for a talk with Rabbi Arik Ascherman Executive Director for Jerusalem based Rabbis for Human Rights.  Rabbi Ascherman continues
to be at the forefront of work for justice, human rights and compassion for all people in the Middle East crisis.


Saturaday, May 16, 2009

2-4PM
Chochmat Halev Social Hall
2215 Prince St., Berkeley, CA
 
Please join us to hear from Elad Vazana of Sulhita, an Israeli-Palestinian youth gathering. Elad is a peace educator and veteran facilitator in inter-cultural group dialogue and social justice projects between Arabs and Jews in the Holy Land.

Monday, January 26, 2009
7:00PM - 9:30PM
Albany Public Library
1247 Marin Ave, Room #2
(near I80 and I580) ample parking, wheelchair accessible

Join a meeting of the Bay Area Chapter of Brit Tzedek v'Shalom to discuss the crisis in Israel and Gaza and our chapter response. For more information contact us by email.


Monday, January 26, 2009

7:00PM - 9:30PM
Albany Public Library
1247 Marin Ave, Room #2
(near I80 and I580) ample parking, wheelchair accessible

Join a meeting of the Bay Area Chapter of Brit Tzedek v'Shalom to discuss the crisis in Israel and Gaza and our chapter response. For more information contact us by email.


Tuesday-Wednesday, October 28-29

5pm Tuesday
Berkeley campus, 370 Dwinelle Hall

Bernard Avishai will discuss the US election and his recent book, The Hebrew Republic

12pm Wednesday
Saul’s Deli in Berkeley

No-host lunch and schmooze with Bernard Avishai. Limited seating so RSVP NOW sf-bayarea@btvshalom.org Have a lively conversation with an astute observer of Israeli and American culture and Jewry

Sunday, June 1
11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Yerba Buena Center, San Francisco

Israel in the Gardens

Come out and support Brit Tzedek at Israel in the Gardens.
VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED TO TABLE at this event.

RSVP  sf-bayarea@btvshalom.org to schedule your hour(s) with us at this important community event.

 

Thursday, June 26
7:00 PM
Netivot Shalom, Berkeley

IN ANTICIPATION OF ISRAEL’S NEXT 60 YEARS
Brit Tzedek v’Shalom presents,
Featured speaker:
Revital Amiran-Sappir, PhD and post-graduate fellow at UC Berkeley
Speaking on Intellectual Origins of the Jewish National Movement: Israel---Jewish Identity---Judaism—-Religious Zionism

Bring your friends to join the conversation and to learn about our
Time to Choose Campaign for raising the issue of Israeli-Palestinian peace during the election season.

Wednesday, May 14
7pm
Kehilla Synagogue – 1300 Grand Avenue, Piedmont

Confronting Islamophobia & Anti-Semitism: Sharing our Stories to Unite Against Racism

Your presence is needed to contribute Jewish voices to the conversation with Muslims and Christians

For more information contact Bay Area chapter of Brit Tzedek by email

Thursday, April 10, 2008 -- 5:30 pm
Faculty Club, Great Hall

Lecture by Prof. Arie Arnonas one part of our local mobilization for the Brit Tzedek Grassroots LeadershipTraining Conference and Advocacy Days in DC, June 21-24.

Between One State and Two: The Political and Economic Future of Israel & Palestine

Speaker: Professor Arie Arnon, Visiting Professor, Department of Economics,
Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, University of California at Berkeley

Sponsor: Center for Middle Eastern Studies
This annual lecture is made possible by the Helen Diller Family Visiting Israeli
Professor Program.

Join us for dinner immediately following the lecture to debrief and continue the conversation.

For more information contact Bay Area chapter of Brit Tzedek by email     

Sunday, March 23, 2008
Waging Peace in Israel/Palestine

Program includes:
Molly Freeman of Brit Tzedek V'Shalom on strategies for inserting into the presidential campaigns conversation about the Israel/Palestine peace process

Highlights from Rabbis for Human Rights video

Music and Hamantaschen

Sunday, March 23, 2-4pm at 1185 Vicente (Humanities Hall)
at 23rd Avenue in the Sunset

RSVP to 415/566 7235 or by email

March 12, 2008
7pm, Kehilla Synagogue, 1300 Grand Avenue, Piedmont
Israeli Gershon Baskin and Palestinian Hanna Siniora — both authors, activists and educators, and leaders of the first joint Israeli-Palestinian think tank, Israel/Palestine Center for Research and Information — share a first-hand assessment of the state of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process
Sponsor: San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of Brit Tzedek v'Shalom
Co-sponsor: Kehilla Synagogue
For more information, contact the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of Brit Tzedek v'Shalom by email

January 13, 2008
2-4PM
Café Leila, 1724 San Pablo Avenue (between Virginia and Delaware Streets)

ORGNIZE with COURAGE and VISION in 2008

Please join us for a speaking engagement with Ruth Atkin (Emeryville City
Council member) who will lead a discussion on “Effective Advocacy,
Strategic Points, Critical types of Campaign Help, and How to Get Into the
Inner Workings of a Campaign” and Marcia Freedman (former member of
Israeli Knesset and past president of Brit Tzedek) who will speak about
“The Path to Israeli-Palestinian Peace: Can Annapolis Get Us There?”
There is a $5 to $15 charge depending on an optional meal; please RSVP.
This is a wonderful opportunity to participate in an event to kick off our
organizing work into the next year!

For more information or to RSVP please contact the San Francisco Chapter at
sf-bayarea@btvshalom.org or 510-524-1993

Sunday, December 2, 2007
7:00 PM
JCC East Bay
1414 Walnut Street, Berkeley

Conversation with Chanan Gertraide

Please join us for an exciting conversation with the award-wining Israeli photographer Chanan Gertraide.  Gertraide's photographs, which feature stunning scenes of the Israeli landscape, will be on display in our hallways during the month of November.  He will speak on life in a kibbutz and his view of Israel through his photography lens.

For more information please contact the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007
7:00 PM
Congregation Shir Hadash
20 Cherry Blossom Lane, Los Gatos (408-358-1751)

Talk with Arik Ascherman

Please join us for an interesting and thought provoking talk with by Arik Ascherman, Executive Director of Rabbis for Human Rights. 

For more information please contact the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007
7:30 PM
Netivot Sholom
1316 University Avenue, Berkeley (510-549-9447)

Talk with Arik Ascherman

Please join us for an interesting and thought provoking talk with by Arik Ascherman, Executive Director of Rabbis for Human Rights. 

For more information please contact the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter.

Monday, November 5, 2007
7:30 PM
Congregation Emanu-el
2 Lake Street, San Francisco (415-751-2535)

Talk with Arik Ascherman

Please join us for an interesting and thought provoking talk with by Arik Ascherman, Executive Director of Rabbis for Human Rights. 

For more information please contact the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter

Friday, October 26, 2007 
12:00 PM
312 Sutter St., 2nd floor, San Francisco (the World Affairs Council)

Discussion with key women Israeli and Palestinian delegates

On the 5th Anniversary of UN Resolution 1325, Please join us for an inspiring and thought-provoking discussion with Palestinian and Israeli delegates of the International Women’s Commission for a Just and Sustainable Israeli-Palestinian Peace.  Guests include Maha Abu-Dayyeh Shamas (Founding Executive Director, Women’s Centre for Legal Aid & Counseling), Anan Attiri (Director, Nablus Governorate), Naava Eisin (Director of the Archives of Jewish Education at Tel Aviv University), Molly Malekar (Director of Bat Shalom of the Jerusalem Link), and Jessica Neuwirth (Founding President, Equality Now).

For more information please contact the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter.

Thursday, October 25, 2007 
5:00 – 7:00 PM
UC Berkeley Goldman  School of  Public Policy, Room 150 (LeRoy Avenue Entrance)

Discussion with key women Israeli and Palestinian delegates

On the 5th Anniversary of UN Resolution 1325, Please join us for an inspiring and thought-provoking discussion with Palestinian and Israeli delegates of the International Women’s Commission for a Just and Sustainable Israeli-Palestinian Peace.  Guests include Maha Abu-Dayyeh Shamas (Founding Executive Director, Women’s Centre for Legal Aid & Counseling), Anan Attiri (Director, Nablus Governorate), Naava Eisin (Director of the Archives of Jewish Education at Tel Aviv University), Molly Malekar (Director of Bat Shalom of the Jerusalem Link), and Jessica Neuwirth (Founding President, Equality Now).

For more information please contact the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 - 11AM TO 5PM
Brit Tzedek Table, Solano Avenue Near Tulare (next to the JCC East Ba Booth and Solano Stroll)
Join us for conversation about essential questions for our community, Israel and the US:
1-Israel and US foreign policy
2-prospects for a November Middle East Peace conference
3-Strategies to advocate for a two-state resolution

JOIN US AT THE SF JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL ON JULY 29 in BERKELEY
Meet at AU COQUELET (2000 University Avenue, corner of University and
Milvia) to talk about your thoughts and impressions after the 4:15pm film.

Steering Committee member Shuly Plaves will lead the discussion.
It would be good to let Shuly know if you intend to be there, but show-up
at the last minute as well. RSVP by clicking here.

Here are three documentaries all dealing with the conflict between Israel
and Palestine. (There are other films as well that focus on the political
situation in the Middle East)

*Hot House on Sunday, July 29 at 4:15 PM at the Roda Theater.

*9 Star Hotel on Sunday, July 29 at 8:45 PM at the Roda Theater.

For more information about the films click here

SUNDAY, JUNE 3 - A Great Time to Act on Your Let's Talk Pledge
HELP US TABLE at Israel in the Gardens at Yerba Buena Center
Table times: 12 to 1PM & 4 to 5 PM
Send us an e-mail to RSVP

BE SEEN & HEARD AT THE GARDENS!
SUPPORT GENUINE US EFFORTS to PROMOTE NEGOTIATIONS FOR PEACE

April 22, 2007 - 2:30 - 4:30pm
Vine and Fig Tree: Poetry and Music for Peace in the Middle East
With poets Aurora Levins Morales and Lenore Weiss
and musician Paul Kirk

At the Kehilla Community Synagogue (wheelchair accessible)
1300 Grand Avenue, Piedmont, California (across the street from the ACE Hardware)
Donations are appreciated
For more information call (510) 891-7197

May 1, 2007 - 7:30 p.m at the JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley
Bridges Across Israel: Israeli Human Rights Activist Dr. Tzvia Greenfield
On Why an Orthodox Woman Joined Israel’s Meretz Party and Campaigns for the Separation of Religion and State

Jerusalem-born Dr. Greenfield, an activist of the Meretz Party, bridges her Orthodox background with her liberal views. An author, educator and mother of five, she has campaigned for the separation of religion and state in Israel.

Greenfield is the founder of the Mifne (Turning Point) Institute for Democracy and Cultural Identity and was among the founders of “Religious Women for the Sanctity of Life” movement, a member of B’tselem, the Israeli information center for human rights in the occupied territories. Dr. Greenfield ran as a candidate for the 17th Knesset.

Admission: $5 payable at the door.
For more information call the Jewish Community Federation’s Israel Center at 510.839.2900 ext. 253 or send an email by clicking here..

Co-sponsor: Israel Center San Francisco and the Jewish Community Center of the East Bay

THURSDAY, MAY 10, 7:30-9pm, in San Francisco at St. Ignatius High School
The Jewish-Palestinian Living Room Dialogue Groups of San Mateo and of San Francisco and The Napa Valley Living Room Dialogue invite you to a hopeful evening to preview an exciting way of studying Israeli & Palestinian histories equally, side by side with a new curriculum.

Palestinian & Israeli Students Learning Each Other's Historical Narrative:
A NEW KIND OF SCHOOL TEXTBOOK.
Appearing live via video will beo Professor Sami Adwan (Bethlehem Univ.) & Prof. Dan Bar-On (Ben Gurion Univ.)

Directions: St. Ignatius is at 2001 37th Avenue at Quintara. The Commons will be well marked 80 yards right of the flagpole. From 19th Avenue North: Right onto Ulloa -- Left onto 18th Ave. -- Left onto Taraval -- Right onto 37th Ave.
From 19th Avenue South: Right onto Quintara -- Continue about a mile to dead-end at the school on 37th Ave.
Visit the website for more information on the program.

Wednesday March 21, 7:30pm
Local Chapter Conference Call: Let's Talk Campaign
Share your thoughts on the current situation in the Middle East and help plan activities for our local Let's Talk campaign.

Conference Details:
Date: Dial-in Number: 1-641-696-6699
Participant Access Code: 123432
RSVP by clicking [here] so we have an idea of number of participants

Saturday March 24, 2007, 6PM
Pre-Havdalah Dinner and 7:30 speaking engagement with Steve Masters, Co-Chair of Brit Tzedek National Advocacy Committee.

Speaking engagement at the JCC of the East Bay, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley
Restaurant Details for Pre-Havdalah Dinner to follow next week.

PLEASE LET US KNOW IF YOU CAN HELP ARRANGE WITH A SYNAGOGUE TO FEATURE STEVE MASTERS AS A SPEAKER FOLLOWING SERVICES ON MARCH 23 AND MARCH 24. Contact Molly.

February 3, 2007
Combatants for Peace

The Combatants for Peace movement was founded in 2005 by Israelis and Palestinians who were once actively involved in perpetuating the cycle of violence. They decided to put down their weapons, and to fight instead for peace through dialogue, reconciliation and educational outreach.
San Francisco, CA
TBA
Sponsor: San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of Brit Tzdek v'Shalom
For more information, contact Molly Freeman by email

February 4, 2007
Combatants for Peace

Oakland, CA
12 noon, Grand Lake Theatre, 3200 Grand Avenue (Cross Street: Lake Park Avenue)
Sponsor: San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of Brit Tzdek v'Shalom
For more information, contact Molly Freeman by 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.

Sunday, December 17, 2006, 2:00 PM
Celebrate Hanukkah, Learn, Socialize and Nosh
JCC of the East Bay
1414 Walnut Street, Berkeley
Join the Bay Area chapter of Brit Tzedek on Sunday, December17, at 2:00 PM for a social hour and featured speaker Professor Arie Arnon who will be speaking on the topic “Israel & Palestine: It’s Also the Economy.” $5 donation suggested. This is a rare opportunity for us to deepen our understanding of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, what the conflict has wrought, and what peace can achieve.

Tuesday, October 3, 8:00 PM
Yael Dayan Speaking Event: The Reality of War and the Strive for Peace: Insights From the Israeli Experience
Join Brit Tzedek this Tuesday, October 3 at 8:00 PM to hear Yael Dayan, Deputy Mayor of Tel Aviv-Jafo speak on: The Reality of War and the Strive for Peace: Insights From the Israeli Experience. The event will take place at Temple Sinai, at 28th and Webster Streets, Oakland. Co-sponsors include: The Jewish Community Federation of the Greater East Bay's Israel Center, Temple Sinai, Midrasha in Oakland and the Israel Center SF, Brit Tzedek v’Shalom.

September 26, 2006
Screening of "Encounter Point" - Grand Lake Theatre, 3200 Grand Ave, Oakland. Join us for a screening of this true story about the everyday leaders who refuse to sit back as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict escalates. There will be a Q&A after the screening with one of the filmmakers on the Tuesday evening screening. Event sponsored by Just Vision.

September 26, 2006
Young Adult Brit Tzedek Gathering
All young adults (if you're in your 20s-40s, this means you!) are invited to join to meet other young adults in Brit Tzedek and discuss current events in Israel before the screening of “Encounter Point” on Tuesday, September 26. We'll gather for a 6:30 dinner at The Burrito Shop, located at 3256 Lakeshore Avenue, just down the street from the movie theater.

September 25, 2006
4:30 PM Screening of "Encounter Point" - Grand Lake Theatre, 3200 Grand Ave, Oakland. Join us for a screening of this true story about the everyday leaders who refuse to sit back as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict escalates. Event sponsored by Just Vision.

September 10, 2006
Solano Stroll Street Festival
Join us to table at this large street fair in Berkeley that usually draws tens of thousands of our fellow Jews. Contact us to sign up for a time slot between 11:00 AM and 5:00 PM.

August 8, 2006
Action in a Time of Crisis: Share and Learn with Brit Tzedek
Molly Freeman of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of Brit Tzedek v'Shalom will help lead a discussion regarding the current crises facing Israel and ways we in the US can engage in actions that can lead to peace. For more information, please email us.

August 1, 2006
Several members of Brit Tzedek v'Shalom San Francisco joined Brit Tzedek President Marcia Freedman at a dinner with PLO Ambassador Afif Safiyeh following his presentation at the World Affairs Council.

July 31, 2006
Brit Tzedek v'Shalom Learning and Sharing for Peace in Crisis
Berkeley-Richmond Jewish Community Center 1414 Walnut Street, Berkeley at 7:00pm. As much as we regret a date that competes with the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, we believe it is critical to convene opportunities for building our solidarity in this very painful time. SPECIAL NOTE: If you have a venue in mind and can help make the arrangements, please contact us as soon as possible. More information will follow regarding the format of our July 31 meeting.

May 15, 2006
7:30pm - Combatants for Peace speaking at the Berkeley Richmond JCC, 1414 Walnut Street. Please join us in welcoming Dan Tsahor of Combatants for this Brit Tzedek speaking event. Refreshments will be served. For more information please contact Molly Freeman. Co-sponsors include American Friends Service Committee, BRJCC, Brit Tzedek v’Shalom, Trees of Hope, Tikkun.

October 27, 2005 ? San Francisco
The Geography of Israeli-Palestinian Peace
Jeff Albert will use innovative tools of digital cartography to focus on the evolving Israeli and Palestinian borders, competing peace proposals, water resources, climate, and the overall physical geography of the region.

Co-sponsored by Jewish Studies Program of SFSU, the Workmen's Circle of Northern California, and the World Affairs Council of Northern California.

July 27, 2005
Brit Tzedek Summer Update with MARCIA FREEDMAN: Why We Can’t Let Gaza Fail
7:00pm at the Berkeley-Richmond JCC, 1414 Walnut Street in Berkeley (Corner of Rose and Walnut Streets). See the Flyer.

June 2005
During the DC Advocacy Days, the California delegation met with staff in the offices of Senators Feinstein and Boxer, and with staff of House members Lee, Capps, Berman, Cardoza, and Issa. We were also fortunate to have an extended conversation with Congresswoman Capps and briefly with Congresswoman Lee as she stepped off the House floor to say hello. That afternoon she was offering amendments to the Foreign Operations bill.All our delegations were well-received and invited to continue to remain in contact with both local and DC staff, providing them with background materials and our position statements. This confirms how IMPORTANT IT IS TO RESPOND TO ACTION ALERTS AND TO CALL, FAX, or EMAIL YOUR CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENTATIVES as well as to write Letters to Editors congratulating a Representative when he or she supports legislation reflective of Brit Tzedek positions.To find out how you can become involved in the chapter?fs advocacy, send an email.

May 23, 2005
The SF Bay Area chapter of Brit Tzedek co-sponsored a discussion by the Parents Circle-Families Forum at 7:30pm, at the BRJCC, 1414 Walnut Street, (between Rose and Vine, one block east of Shattuck). The Parents Circle-Families Forum, as the expanded group of about 500 families is called, seeks to solve the ongoing conflict between Israelis and Palestinians through dialogue and mutual understanding. We call on all parties to promote reconciliation as the only way to reach true co-existence and peace.

March 20, 2005
Brit Tzedek president, Marcia Freedman, spoke at Kol Shofar in Marin County from 11:30am to 1pm. For more information, send us an email.

February 27, 2005  News coverage
An Evening with Israeli Air Force Refuser Yonatan Shapira
Shapira, a respected senior officer of eleven years in the Israeli army’s elite "Black Hawk" helicopter squadron, was dismissed from the Israeli Air Force after authoring and issuing the Pilot?s Letter, in which he stated his refusal to serve in the occupied territories. Join Shapira for a discussion of the personal and political considerations that led him to write the Pilots Letter, that helped change the Israeli political landscape.This program was part of a national tour with Brit Tzedek v’Shalom and the Refuser Support Network. For further information, call (510) 524-1993 or email us. 3:00 PM at the Berkeley-Richmond JCC, 1414 Walnut Street, Berkeley. Admission is $5.

January 23, 2005
Tu B’shvat Seder to Benefit Rabbis for Human Rights at the Berkeley-Richmond Jewish Community Center, 1414 Walnut Street, Berkeley - 7:00pm. $5 cover charge (no one turned away); potluck vegetarian dinner(beverages provided).

December 5, 2004
Former Deputy Speaker of the Knesset Naomi Chazan will speak at 7:00pm, Stern Hall in Temple Sinai, 2808 Summit Street, Oakland. For more information, email us.

November 12, 2004
MK Mitzna spoke at Temple Isaiah, 3800 Mt. Diablo Boulevard, Lafayette at 12:00pm. Sponsored by Bay Area Brit Tzedek v’Shalom.

November 10, 2004
Member of Knesset Amram Mitzna spoke at Congregation Beth Sholom, 1301 Clement Street, San Francisco at 7pm. Sponsored by Bay Area Brit Tzedek v’Shalom, the JCRC and the Israel Center of the SF Jewish Community Foundation.

MK Mitzna spoke at Temple Emanu-el, 2 Lake Street, San Francisco, after 5:30 Shabbat services and after 7:30 services Sponsored by Bay Area Brit Tzedek v’Shalom.

November 6, 2004
Member of Knesset Yuli Tamir spoke at an after Shabbat gathering at the home of a San Francisco Brit Tzedek member. A question and answer session followed MK Tamir’s briefing.

September 26, 2004
"Israel’s Road to Peace and the Role of the American Jewish Community"
Join us for an evening with former member of Israeli Knesset and Bay Area resident Marcia Freedman, national President of Brit Tzedek v'Shalom. Marcia has returned from Israel, where she met with politicians, peace activists, and women’s organizations.

June 7, 2004
The San Francisco/Bay Area chapter commemorated Israeli Independence Day by attending, tabling, and gathering petition signatures at the San Francisco Independence Day Celebration. To top it off, SF BTvS succeeded in recruiting 15 new members!

September 2003-April 2004
Brit Tzedek San Francisco/Bay Area hosted six house parties and fundraisers with a total attendance of nearly 200!

September 30, 2003
Brit Tzedek v'Shalom President and former Member of Knesset, Marcia Freedman, spoke at the Berkeley-Richmond JCC in an event co-sponsored by Congregation Neviot Shalom. The event was a great opportunity for potential and new Brit Tzedek members in the Bay Area to hear about the mission and message of BTvS.

July-August, 2003
San Francisco/Bay Area Brit Tzedek attended the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival throughout the month to collect signatures for the Call to Bring the Settlers Home to Israel. Brit Tzedek presence was notable and a success: 150 new signatures were added to the petition.

The SF Bay Area Chapter of Brit Tzedek invites you to become an active member of our local network. Please complete the following questions to join us in:

expanding our membership

visiting local Congressional representatives

influencing our local Jewish community to support the spirit of peace efforts such as the Geneva Accords and the Ayalon-Nusseibeh plan.

We will keep you informed of our plans and respond as quickly as we can to those who express interest in being active in our Brit Tzedek Chapter. For those who do not wish to provide their name and contact information, we would still like to know whether and where you are affiliated in the Jewish community.

Check this site regularly for our schedule of activities
When you complete the survey, please email it to us.

Optional

Your name and home address

Email

Day phone number

Evening phone number

Please provide name of synagogue and Jewish organization and the city where located

If you are a member of a synagogue, please give the name of the synagogue

If you belong to one or more Jewish organizations with local chapters in the Bay Area, please give the name of the organization and the location where they usually meet

How you would like to participate actively with Brit Tzedek
Circle your preferences and provide information where requested:

Yes, I would like to:

  1. Be a member of a team that visits my Congressional representative (name of representative)
  2. Host a house party
  3. Provide access to my synagogue and/or to Jewish organization(name of organization)
  4. Write letters to the Jewish press and general press
  5. Collect signatures for The Call to Bring the Settlers Home to Israel
  6. Be a member of a Telephone Tree
  7. Other ways you would like to be more active with Brit Tzedek
Thank you very much for your cooperation in completing this survey. We look forward to hearing from and working with you in support of Israel and justice and peace.

SF Bay Area Chapter Steering Committee
email us

Local Press Coverage

The Jewish News Weekly of Northern California
October 31, 2008
Clergy sign Brit Tzedek peace petition
A group of 35 rabbis and three cantors from the Bay Area has joined nearly 700 others from across the country in promising community support for U.S. leadership to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. [Read More]

The Jewish News Weekly of Northern California
March 21, 2008
Can we talk?: Parleys with Hamas aren’t unusual for activists
By Joe Eskenazi
When Hanna Siniora or Gershon Baskin’s phones rings late at night — or even at 3 a.m., Hillary Clinton-style — they never know who’ll be on the other end. [Read More]

Inside the Bay Area
March 6, 2007
Wednesday, March 12, 7 p.m. — Israeli Gershon Baskin and Palestinian Hanna Siniora — both authors, activists and educators, and leaders of the first joint Israeli-Palestinian think tank, Israel/Palestine Center for Research and Information — share a first-hand assessment of the state of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process in the Kehilla Community Synagogue at 1300 Grand Ave. in Piedmont. This is part of a national tour sponsored by the national organization Brit Tzedek v’Shalom. A $10 donation is requested at the door.

The J
April 6, 2007
Letter to the Editor by Molly Freeman
I take issue with the line in the sand drawn by Andrew Silow-Carroll in his essay, "Navigating the left and right: Can't we just compromise?"

KPCC
February 1, 2007
Combatants For Peace
A former Israeli soldier and a former Palestinian combatant and prisoner share their thoughts and experiences of the conflict in the middle-east. Shimon Katz and Suleiman Al Hamri work with Combatants for Peace, a joint Israeli-Palestinian group, working for non-violent solutions to the struggle. Larry speaks with them about the non-military approach they believe is the only way to solve the ongoing situation. [listen here]

J. The Jewish News Weekly of Northern California
July 21, 2006
‘Futile and dangerous’
By Dolores Taller
With family in Israel, and friends in Israel, Palestine, Lebanon and Egypt, I?ve observed the growing violence in the area with pain and concern.

J. The Jewish News Weekly of Northern California
July 21, 2006
Fear for future
By Julia Humphreys
I am a Jew and I support Israel, but I believe there is no future for Israel or the Palestinians if they continue in this mode of violent reprisal.

J. The Jewish News Weekly of Northern California
June 30, 2006
Contempt and Fear
By Molly Freeman
How sad for our community that diversity of opinion is held in contempt such as that expressed by Jean Sered's June 16 letter about Bay Area Woman in Black at Israel in the Garden.

San Francisco Chronicle
December 16, 2004
Comfort to the Enemy
By Molly Freeman
Despite President Ahmadinejad’s claims, he represents neither the best interests nor the popular sentiment of the Palestinians, the majority of whom recognize that the viability of the future Palestinian state depends on its ability to coexist with Israel.

Daily Planet
March 1, 2005
Israeli Pilot Tells Story of His Refusal to Bomb
By Jakob Schiller
Israeli Air Force pilot Yonatan Shapira calls himself a patriot. After 11 years as part of a elite helicopter unit, he though he had proved his commitment to his country. Yet since 2003, Shapira has more often referred to as a traitor, than a patriot.

J. The Jewish News Weekly of Northern California
November 19, 2004
Gaza Plan, Arafat Death Mark New Era, Says Labor Leader
By Alexandra J. Wall
Calling the disengagement plan from Gaza "the only game in town," Knesset member Amram Mitzna explained why the Labor Party was throwing its support behind a man it hardly trusts, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.

San Francisco Chronicle
October 25, 2002
Mideast Conflict on Campus/Jewish Groups Step in to Offset What They See as Anti-Israeli Bias
By Tanya Schevitz
"Groups who perceive an anti-Israel, even anti-Semitic, bias at San Francisco State University and UC Berkeley are focusing attention on the campuses, much to the chagrin of university members who find such allegations to be flat-out wrong."

The Jewish Bulletin of Northern California
August 16, 2002
Leftist Jews Organize as Alternative Voice on Israel (California)
By Alexandra J. Wall
"A new organization of American Jews hopes to become an alternative, leftist voice — but just as loud as AIPAC’s mainstream voice — regarding Israeli policy..."

   
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