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Brit Tzedek v'Shalom
Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace
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HELP WANTED: GREATER SEATTLE CHAPTER INTERN
Greater Seattle Chapter Steering Committee
Sunday, May 31, 2009
Informal Potluck Brunch and Discussion with David Wesley,, speaking on jews, Arabs, and Government Officials: Power Relations Inside Israel Today: The Lessons of Anthropological Research for Social and Policy Action for Change. For more information or to RSVP please contact us by email.
Sunday, February 8, 2009
This program is designed to provide a safe setting for thoughtful discussion and sharing, to encourage informed engagement. As before, plenty of time will be allocated for people to discuss their feelings about this difficult, tragic and complex conflict.
Speakers will be Amin Odeh, founder, Voices of Palestine, Rabbi Anson Laytner, Executive Director, American Jewish Committee/Seattle, Ronald J. Young, National Interreligious Leadership Initiative for Peace in the Middle East. Moderated by Rainer Waldman Adkins, Program Director, Kadima; chapter chair, Greater Seattle Chapter, Brit Tzedek v'Shalom.
For more information contact us by email.
RSVPs encouraged: (206) 442-2077 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
The Brit Tzedek/Greater Seattle Chapter Steering Committee
Please RSVP. To do so, arrange for ride-pooling, or for more questions:
Monday, November 19
Joel S. Migdal speaks on The Annapolis Conference and Prospects for Peace
Please join us for a talk with Joel S. Migdal, Robert F. Philip Professor of International Studies in the University of Washington’s Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies. Dr. Migdal will be discussing the upcoming Annapolis Conference and considering the opportunities and challenges during these new negotiations.
For more information please contact the Seattle Chapter.
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Please join as we welcome Eliyahu McLean, director of Jerusalem Peacemakers, and Ghassan Manasra, director of Anwar il-Salaam (Lights of Peace), for a talk about their unique peacebuilding work. Their practice and message is that we can reclaim religion as a source of peace, finding tools for peacemaking within Judaism and Islam. Eliyahu and Ghassan will speak in the context of all the difficulty in the Holy Land and the real opportunity that now exists to make peace.
Sponsored by Temple Beth Am, Congregation Eitz Or, and Brit Tzedek v'Shalom, Greater Seattle Chapter.
THE BRIT TZEDEK BOOTH AT THE BIG 'JEWISH FESTIVAL,' AUGUST 19!
Brit Tzedek will have a booth at the big Jewish Festival, Sunday, August
June 12, 2007 at 7pm at the Bellevue Art Museum, 510 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue.
May 21, 7PM at Columbia City Cinema, 4816 Rainier Ave.
There will also be a special showing of Oscar-winning short film WEST BANK STORY. Light refreshments will be served. .RSVP encouraged: Call (206) 442-2077 or send us an e-mail.
Friday, May 4, 8PM
Monday, May 7, 2007 7:15 PM
A PROGRESSIVE CELBRATION OF ISRAEL with Art, Music, Food and Learning April 22, 2007 - 9:30 AM -12:30 PM Sand Point Education Center, 6208 60th Avenue NE, Seattle (one block east of Sandpoint Way; turn east at 62nd St.) Donations accepted Come weave an Israeli tapestry with a warp and weft of progressive values. Despite the immense challenges of war, occupation and the 'social net,' Israel is a vital, exciting, multi-ethnic and pluralistic society. We will have several parallel and converging streams of learning: Multi-age arts and crafts celebrating Israel's diversity, 10-11 am Adult learning workshops, 9:30-11:30 am: study session on Israel's Declaration of Independence; modern Israeli music Music and dance, 11-11:30 am Food of Israel! falafel & other goodies, 11:30-12:30 pm Sponsors: Kadima Reconstructionist Community Brit Tzedek v'Shalom, Greater Seattle Chapter Congregation Eitz Or Click here for more info, or to volunteer or call (206) 547-3914 ext. 2
BRIT TZEDEK ACTIVIST TO HOST PASSOVER RADIO SHOW:
Richard Silverstein will host KBCS' The Old Country. The show will feature Passover music from Jewish communities around the world. You'll hear all your old favorites like Chad Gadya, Avadim Hayinu, Dayenu and more, sung to the tunes you love and to tunes you've never heard. You'll hear music from the Ashkenazi tradition of Eastern Europe, and Sephardic music from Tunisia and right here in Seattle. Fans of klezmer, cantorial music, Ladino, and Yiddish won't be disappointed. Among the performers featured will be Chava Alberstein, Yehoram Gaon, Dave Taras and Seattle's own Hazzan Isaac Azoze. Give a listen to KCBS at 91.3FM or listen streaming live by clicking here. After the show airs, Mr. Silverstein will host the audio on his music blog, Tikkun Olam.
March 29, 2007 8-9PM
March 18, 2007, 11:00 AM
Sunday March 18, 2007, 4:00 PM
RSVP Required for this event
February 8, 2007
7pm, Schafer Auditorium, Lemieux Library Building, Seattle University, 12th Ave East & E. Marion St., guest parking entrance
February 9, 2007
February 9, 2007
We light the Chanukah Menorah for inspiration at the darkest time of year, just as the arts and culture can serve as beacons for the work of peacemaking and understanding. In this spirit, we are pleased to present:
Saturday, November 4, 2006 7:00 PM
July 27, 2006
March 7, 2006
Featuring: JOEL S. MIGDAL, Robert F. Phillip Professor of International Studies, Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington and GAD BARZILAI, Associate Professor, Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington
Moderated by: ELLIS GOLDBERG, Professor, Political Science, University of Washington
Sponsored by the Middle East Center and the Jewish Studies Program, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington. In cooperation with Brit Tzedek v'Shalom, Greater Seattle Chapter,and Congregation Beth Shalom.FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. For more information, please send an email.
March 28, 2006
Together, they will analyze the results of the all-important March 28 Israeli election and its significance in light of the Palestinian parliamentary elections in January, which gave Hamas a clear victory.
Sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program and the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington, the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, Brit Tzedek v'Shalom, Greater Seattle Chapter and Congregation Beth Shalom. FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. For more information, please send an email.February 22, 2006
JEFF ALBERT speaks on: WATER RESOURCES IN ISRAEL & PALESTINE: Catalyst For Conflict Or Bridge To Peace?
7:00 PM at HILLEL at the University of Washington, 4745 17th Avenue NE, Seattle. Free; all are welcome
SPONSORS: Brit Tzedek v'Shalom, Greater Seattle Chapter Hillel at the University of Washington CO-SPONSORS: Jackson School of International Studies & Jewish Studies Program, University of Washington
INFORMATION & to RSVP: 206-442-2077 or email us.
Also speaking at: Find Common Ground Brown Bag Lunch, 11:30 AM -1:00 PM at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 8501 SE 40th , Mercer Island. (Take Island Crest Way exit from I-90. Travel south on Island Crest to stoplight at SE 40th. Turn left and watch for the church.) Phone: 206-232-3270 July 18, 2005
How Can You Make a Difference: Advocating for Peace, with Diane Balser, CEO of Brit Tzedekjoined by Rainer Waldman Adkins, chapter chair & national board member. 7:30–9:00 PM, at the home of Barbara & Eli Lahav on Mercer Island. For more information, send an email.
October 30, 2005
With Noam Chayut and Avichay Sharon
Breaking the Silence was formed by former Israeli at Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation (JRC), 303 Dodge Avenue, in Evanston.Former Israel Defense Force (IDF) combat soldiers Avichay Sharon and Noam Chayut discussed the impact of the Israeli occupation on those charged with enforcing it. The two men are founding members of Breaking the Silence (Shovrim Shitka) which has collected testimony from more than 300 soldiers and organized a widely acclaimed exhibit of photos taken by Israeli soldiers during their patrols in the West Bank city of Hebron in which 450 Jewish settlers live amongst over 100,000 Palestinians. Many of these photos will be shown during the presentation. To date, Breaking the Silence’s testimonials have triggered 17 official IDF investigations and one internal disciplinary process. For more information, send an email.
May 31, 2005
Activists, Rabbis, and Brit Tzedek board members from the Olympia and Seattle chapters joined forces this week and met with Rep. Adam Smith, whose district ranges from South King to North Thurston County. We look forward to a continued relationship with Rep. Smith's office. To find out how you can become involved in the chapter’s advocacy activities, send an email.
May 26, 2005
How Long Will the "Window of Opportunity" for Israeli/Palestinian Peace Stay Open? A Briefing For Brit Tzedek Members And Supporters, with MARCIA FREEDMAN, President, Brit Tzedek v'Shalom.
7:00pm at Temple Beth Am, Social Hall, 2632 NE 80th Street, Seattle. Vegetarian finger food potluck, liquid refreshment provided. All are welcome.
May 15, 2005
Israel Solidarity Walk, 2:00-5:00pm at Gasworks Park, 2101 N. Northlake Way, Seattle. Brit Tzedek is a Community Sponsor for this event. We believe that it is important to have a pro-Israel, pro-peace and pro-justice presence. Look out for our banner!
March 14, 2005
Brit Tzedek v'Shalom co-sponsored the screening of "Behind Enemy Lines" a documentary about an Israeli police officer and a Palestinian journalist presented by the American Jewish Committee.
February 28, 2005
The Seattle Chapter of Brit Tzedek v'Shalom and the Refuser Solidarity Network presented Israeli Air Force Refuser, Yonatan Shapira. News coverage.
University of Washington - Hillel,4745 17th Avenue NE,Seattle from 5:00-6:30 PM.
Temple B?nai Torah, 15727 NE 4th Street, Bellevue at 7:30 PM. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, send an email.
January 8, 2005
Evening with Aaron Miller, President of Seeds of Peace, at the home of Barbara and Eli Lahav in Mercer Island.
November 19, 2004
Arafat?s Passing, Sharon?s Gaza Plans; the U.S. Elections?
President of Brit Tzedek v'Shalom, Marcia Freedman spoke about ISRAEL?S PROSPECTS FOR PEACE:The Critical Role of American Jews. 7:00pm, Chavurat Shir HaYam, Winslow CoHousing-Commons Room,353 Wallace Way NE, Bainbridge Island. This event was sponsored by the Seattle Chapter of Brit Tzedek v'Shalom with the support of Chavurat Shir HaYam.
For more information, send an email.
November 20, 2004
Kadima Northend Stroum Jewish Community Center hosted Brit Tzedek v'Shalom President, Marcia Freedman. 10-11:15am, 8606 35th Avenue NE, Seattle. This event was sponsored by the Seattle Chapter of Brit Tzedek v'Shalom with the support of Kadima.
Marcia Freedman addressed Israel's Prospects for Peace at Congregation Beth Shalom at 1:00pm, 6800 35th Avenue NE, Seattle. This event was sponsored by the Seattle Chapter of Brit Tzedek v'Shalom. For more information about either of these events, send an email.
October 24, 2004
Seattle Chapter of Brit Tzedek hosted a"SHMOOZE 'N LEARN" SOCIAL GATHERING, ORIENTATION AND UPDATE
with special guest presenter Rabbi Zari Weiss, at the home of Barbara and Howard Droker. Rabbi Zari Weiss is a widely respected teacher who makes deeply relevant connections between Jewish texts and work for justice and peace. She led text study on Halachah (Jewishlaw) in the context ofhe current situation in Israel and Palestine.
Taking an Israeli/Palestinian Peace Message to the Political Grassroots
Washington State Brit Tzedek members successfully took a balanced Israeli/Palestinian peace message all the way to the Washington State Democratic Convention. An unusually high caucus and convention turnout meant that large numbers heard our message. As with all grassroots advocacy, we encountered surprises along the way.
Beginning at Washington Democratic precinct caucuses in February 2004, an Israeli/Palestinian peace resolution moved upwards through the 37th State Legislative District convention to the King County convention (Seattle is the largest city in the county) and ultimately into the state platform, passing easily in each setting. Our effort was temporarily obscured by controversy from the county convention?s narrow passage of a call for suspension of U.S. aid while Israel is “in violation of international law.” Hard work in the Jewish community and general media refocused attention on our efforts. Intense lobbying then persuaded the Democratic state platform committee to present our platform plank to the state convention. During floor debate, an effort to replace our two-state text with “one-state” failed, but a surprise amendment removed reference to two states, so the final Washington state Democratic platform now reads: “The United States should commit to vigorous, serious, evenhanded and persistent engagement towards a peaceful resolution of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, promoting negotiations that lead to a viable solution and ensure security and good quality of life for the Israeli and Palestinian peoples.”
What have we learned? Our language was attractive because most people want to do the right thing while supporting moderation and balance. Visible Brit Tzedek members were supported by a coalition including people affiliated with the Young Democrats, the ADL, the Jewish Federation and Democratic officials and delegates from around the state. We even negotiated with AIPAC! We are perceived as effective, moderate and focused, and the doors are now open for unprecedented dialogue inside and outside the Jewish community. However, opposition to U.S. “meddling” in seemingly intractable conflicts and deep anger towards Israel were key factors in stripping two-state language from the platform and for promotion of anti-Israel language. Intense education, strategizing and networking are necessary to head off negativity and conflict that can obscure our own message, even as a base has been established in Washington State for the upcoming Brit Tzedek national campaign addressed to the next president.
Local Press Coverage and Other Readings
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