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Brit Tzedek v'Shalom

Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace

Chapter Activities

Seattle, Washington

Who We Are

Organize for Mid-East Peace with Brit Tzedek v'Shalom


To add your name to our Seattle chapter mailing list and for more information about our activities and committees, please email us or call 206-442-2077.

Greater Seattle Chapter Steering Committee
Chairperson and National Board Member
Rainer Waldman Adkins
Charles Davis
Ellen Naor
Rabbi Hillel Gamoran
Judith Gamoran
Barbara Lahav
Cecily Kaplan
Jeremy Sher
Jacob Naor
Eleanor Reynolds
Richard Silverstein
Louise Spiegler

Monthly meetings are usually held on the first Thursday of the month at member homes. Members or guests are welcome. We recommend that you call or e-mail us in advance to confirm date and location. We are pleased to welcome our sister Brit Tzedek chapter in Olympia, Washington.


Upcoming Events

Past Events

Sunday, May 31, 2009
6 PM
Hillel at the University of Washington
4745 17th Avenue NE, Seattle

Aziz Abu Sarah, will speak on "Keep Hope Alive!  Two Peoples, Two Stories...Finding The Turning Point for Israeli-Palestinian Peace."  Aziz Abu Sarah is a Palestinian who has spent the last ten years working as a peace-building practitioner, and is a Senior Research Associate for the The Center for World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution, at the Center for Conflict Analysis and Resolution of George Mason University.   For more information please contact us by email.

Saturday, April 25, 2009
9:30 pm
Cinerama Theater
2100 4th Avenue at Lenora, Belltown neighborhood
Seattle, WA

Brit Tzedek is proud to be a Community Sponsor of the 14th Annual Seattle Jewish Film Festival! Come see The Lemon Tree, directed by Israeli Eran Riklis, which embraces the very essence of life in Israel and Palestine and captures their reality and suffering. The Lemon Tree illustrates the little contact and the very sensitive conflict between both cultures. For more information please contact us by email.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

11:00 AM
At the home of a Brit Tzedek Member

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
10:30 AM
Sand Point Education Center
6208 60th NE, Seattle

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.

Tuesday, Decembe 9, 2008
7:00-9:00 pm

at the home of Carolyn and Jerry Richard
1009 West Blaine Street, Seattle (intersection of 10th Avenue West and West Blaine

Special Guests and “Discussion Catalysts”: BRUCE KOCHIS,
Assistant Professor of Policy Studies and Director of the Human Rights Education and Research Network at the University of Washington and
RICHARD SILVERSTEIN One of the first Jewish liberal bloggers on politics, social issues, arts and culture, at Tikkun Olam- Make the World a Better Place

RSVPs encouraged: (206) 442-2077 or
Feel free to invite other Brit Tzedek-minded people you think might be interested.

Friday, August 29, 2008
6:30 PM

at the home of Charles and Jonis Davis
2356 17th Avenue South, Seattle
North Beacon Hill, between South Bayview and College Streets (See below for directions) hosts an Erev Shabbat - Sabbath Eve Potluck with

National Executive Director

-Is there a shift towards “pro-Israel/pro-peace” in Congress?
-Is there room for hope- for real commitment to the Israeli/Palestinian peace
process- in the Presidential race?
-How do local controversies such as the Seattle I-97 divestment initiative affect
our efforts?
RSVP REQUESTED: / 206-442-2077
Please bring a vegetarian potluck dish to share
Brit Tzedek will provide challah and beverages

RSVP REQUESTED: / 206-442-2077

(from I-90 southbound, travel south on S Rainier; veer right to 23rd S; turn right
at S College; left at 17th S. park east side of 17th S or side streets.) 

Wednesday, March 5, 2008
7 PM
At the home of Barbara and Eli Lahav
4319 91st Avenue SE
Mercer Island

The Brit Tzedek/Greater Seattle Chapter Steering Committee
Invites members like you to join them in a special update and conversation with  ALIZA BECKER, National Deputy Director, Brit Tzedek

Please RSVP.  To do so, arrange for ride-pooling, or for more questions:
(206) 442-2077 or by email

Monday, November 19
7:30 PM
Hillel at the University Of Washington
4745 17th Avenue NE, Seattle, WA

Joel S. Migdal speaks on The Annapolis Conference and Prospects for Peace
Countdown to Hope or Continued Conflict?

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
7:00 pm
Temple Beth Am
2632 NE 80th Street, Seattle, WA

Abraham's Family:
Perspectives of Muslim and Jewish Peacebuilders on Healing the Israeli-Palestinian Divide

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.
Cosponsored by the Arab American Community Coalition, Bet Alef Meditational Synagogue, Interfaith Community Church, Jewish Voice for Peace, and Lev Shalom.

For more information please contact the Seattle Chapter.


Brit Tzedek will have a booth at the big Jewish Festival, Sunday, August
19, at the Down Bellevue Park
, just south of Bellevue Square. Click here for more information. We will be setting up around 10 am. The Festival goes from 11 to 7; we will likely staff the booth 11-4:30 or so. There will be experienced Brit Tzedek activists taking turns, but they need help! Come learn more about us while spreading the pro-Israel/pro-justice/pro-peace message! We are also looking for
artistic types who can work with artist and chapter chair Rainer Waldman
Adkins to create an interactive component for the display. Contact Brit
Tzedek Seattle by clicking or call 206-442-2077.

June 12, 2007 at 7pm at the Bellevue Art Museum, 510 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue.
The public is invited to Building Hope Through Art and Dialogue, a special community program at the exhibition Offering Reconciliation. Offering Reconciliation is an exhibition of 135 ceramic bowls by top Israeli and Palestinian painters, sculptors and photographers, and is organized by the Bereaved Families Forum for Peace, Reconciliation and Tolerance, a home for hundreds of Israeli and Palestinian bereaved families who have chosen a path of reconciliation rather than revenge, and the Association of Israel's Decorative Arts.

A tour of the exhibition will be led by Seattle-area Jewish, Israeli, Palestinian and Arab artists, followed by a presentation by Robi Damelin and Ali Abu Awwad, representatives of the Bereaved Families Forum. Speakers Ali Abu Awwad and Robi Damelin are prominent activists in the Bereaved Families Forum. Damelin, an Israeli, had her son killed by a Palestinian sniper; Abu Awwad, a Palestinian, had a brother killed by an Israeli soldier. They are now active in spreading a message of reconciliation and non-violence to Palestinians and Israelis in communities and schools throughout Israel and the Palestinian Territories, as well as internationally. The program is presented by the Bellevue Art Museum, and is co-sponsored by the American Community Coalition, Brit Tzedek v'Shalom, Find Common Ground, the JT News, the Middle East Peace Camp for Children and Voices of Palestine. Contact 206-442-2077 or Send an e-mail for more information.

May 21, 7PM at Columbia City Cinema, 4816 Rainier Ave.
Featured Speaker: DIANE BALSER, National Co-Chair for Advocacy & Executive Director Emeritus, Brit Tzedek v'Shalom.

JAMES ALLEN, District Director, Congressman Jim McDermott, on 'How Congress Works'
REVEREND JACK OLIVE, Co-Founder, Find Common Ground; Associate Dean for Ecumenical Relations, School of Theology & Ministry, Seattle University; Senior Pastor, University Temple United Methodist Church

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

Temple Beth Am, Erev Shabbat Service, 2630 NE 80th (just off 25th NE)

We are pleased to welcome Rabbi Arik Ascherman of Jerusalem and honor the sacred work of Rabbis for Human Rights. Founded in 1988, Rabbis for Human Rights (RHR) is the only organization of rabbis in Israel from all the streams of Judaism that gives voice to the Jewish religious traditions of human rights. Dedicated to the physical security and moral vision of the State of Israel as reflected in Israel's Declaration of Independence, RHR develops educational resources on Judaism and human rights which they teach in Israeli schools and pre-army programs; lobbies for economic justice in Israel; provides support for Palestinian families facing home demolition for administrative reasons and protects Palestinian farmers' access to their agricultural land. They received the Knesset's Award for Quality of Life and the 2006 Niwano Peace Prize. This is a unique opportunity to meet a courageous and visionary rabbi and to hear first hand about the inspiring work of this Israeli organization. Rabbi Ascherman and his colleagues in Israel are the rabbinic conscience of Israel, upholding the moral vision of Zionism and Judaism, by defending the human rights of both Israelis and Palestinians.

Monday, May 7, 2007 7:15 PM
NEXT GREATER SEATTLE CHAPTER PLANNING MEETING: Please contact (206) 442-2077 or e-mail us for location. Any member is welcome to join our steering committee's planning meetings, which normally occur on the first Monday of the month. About to join, haven't yet, but want to come to the meeting? We can take your membership form right then and there! L'hitraot! See you soon!

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

KBCS 91.3 FM
Sunday, April 1, 7:00 p.m.

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
Re-Play of Combatants for Peace on the Radio.
KUOW 94.9 on your dial.

March 18, 2007, 11:00 AM
Double Feature Film
We are pleased to be community sponsors at the Seattle Jewish Film Festival, sponsoring films that honor the pluralism of Israel and give a taste of how that diversity can help Israel thrive. Come to the films; visit our table!
Contact us to volunteer as a table staffer: 206.442.2077 or click Here

Director: Roy Westler; Israel 2005, 52 min, Beta; Hebrew/Arabic w/subtitles Northwest Premiere In a small Arab village in northern Israel, the ambitious Shadya Zoabi has practiced Karate since she was eight. She was only 17 when she became Karate World Champion, an unusual sport for a Muslim girl. Despite her father's support and striking self-confidence, social pressures from her brothers, fiance and the surrounding community are great.

With Susai
Director: David Gavro; Israel 2005, 54 min, Beta; Hebrew/Amharic w/subtitles . Northwest Premiere Ethiopian-Israeli director David Gavro profiles his adopted brother's journey back to Ethiopia to re-connect with his biological father and reveal his birth mother's true identity. This touching and personal film won the award for Best Documentary at the Jerusalem Film Festival.

Sunday March 18, 2007, 4:00 PM
The Yuval Ron Ensemble: with Whirling Dervish Aziz & Arabic Vocalist Najwa Gibran:
SAINT MARK'S CATHEDRAL 1245 Tenth Ave E. Seattle See color flyer by clicking here.

RSVP Required for this event
For more information, contact the Seattle Chapter by email or call (206) 442-2077

February 8, 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.
For more information on the Combatants for Peace Tour, including bios of the speakers and a description of Combatants for Peace, please click here.

7pm, Schafer Auditorium, Lemieux Library Building, Seattle University, 12th Ave East & E. Marion St., guest parking entrance
Sponsors: Seattle Chapter of Brit Tzedek v'Shalom, Seattle University School of Theology and Ministry, Find Common Ground and others
For more information, contact the Seattle Chapter by email or (206) 442-2077

February 9, 2007
Combatants for Peace
8am Interfaith Breakfast
Temple De Hirsch Sinai, 1520 E. Union St. Seattle
RSVP Required for this event
Sponsor: Seattle Chapter of Brit Tzedek v'Shalom
Co-Sponsor: Temple De Hirsch Sinai
For more information, contact the Seattle Chapter by email or (206) 442-2077

February 9, 2007
Combatants for Peace

Discussion and Dessert Reception
Hillel at the University of Washington
4745 17th Avenue NE, Seattle
**Community members welcomed if unable to attend other events
Sponsor: Seattle Chapter of Brit Tzedek v'Shalom
Co-Sponsor: Hillel at the University of Washington
Information(206) 527-1997 or visit

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

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:
Israeli & Arab Music of Peace
In this dark and dangerous time, musicians on both sides of the Israeli-Arab conflict have another, different vision- one of peace and cross-cultural engagement.  We'll hear music from Israeli performers like David Broza and HaDag Nachash, Lebanese like Marcel Khalife and Feyrouz; and a Palestinian like Wisam Murad.  Each song is accompanied by an introduction and commentary by Richard Silverstein, a local member who has a blog, Tikun Olam, devoted to world music and Israeli-Palestinian peace.

Saturday, November 4, 2006 7:00 PM
Join us at the home of Charles and Jonis Davis for an intimate parlor conversation with Dotan Greenvald and Yehuda Shaul, two former Israeli soldiers share their experiences of serving in the Israeli occupation of the West Bank. Beverages and light refreshments will be served. Event Co-sponsored by: Brit Tzedek v'Shalom, Greater Seattle Chapter and Kadima Reconstructionist Community. Please email us or call (206) 442-2077 to RSVP and for directions.

July 27, 2006
Open Discussion on the Crisis in Israel, Gaza, and Lebanon: Will there ever be peace? Brit Tzedek is hosting a community conversation this Thursday, July 27 at 7:00 PM with special guest DIANE BALSER, National Executive Director of Brit Tzedek v'Shalom, to give people an opportunity to talk about the current crisis in the Middle East, as well as to discuss Brit Tzedek's response. If you cannot attend, but would be interested in organizing a discussion group in your congregation, organization or home, please email us or call (206) 442-2077. The meeting will be held in the Madrona neighborhood, light refreshments will be provided. To RSVP and for directions please email us or call (206)442-2077.

July 23, 2006 Read Rabbi Hillel Gamoran's Perspective
Bring Brit Tzedek's Perspective to the Seattle Jewish Community Rally for Israel

The Jewish Federation is hosting a Rally for Israel this coming Sunday, July 23, at 4:00 PM. We will be represented at a planning meeting. We want to make clear that Brit Tzedek is part of the larger Jewish community in its concern and care for Israel's safety and security. We believe that U.S. action to rapidly broker a cease-fire is crucial to Israel's safety and security, and for the well-being of all civilian populations in the region that are affected by the current crisis.

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN GIVING YOUR INPUT AND/OR PARTICIPATING, PLEASE RSVP by email or call (206) 442-2077. If you would like to be involved with our outreach efforts in the greater Seattle Jewish community, please email us or call (206) 442-2077. Report on the rally Photos

May 7, 2006
9:45 am, North End Stroum JCC, 8606 35th Ave. NE, Seattle. Free event; open to the public. Haim Watzman, author of Company C, speaks about his experience as an Orthodox solider and a peacenik stationed in the occupied territories. Haim made aliyah (moved to Israel) after graduating college in the United States. Co-sponsored by the Kadima Reconstructionist Community and Brit Tzedek v’Shalom, the Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace. We hope to see you there! Information? Questions? Email us.

Please make a contribution in honor of Cantor David Serkin-Poole, first recipient of the Rodef Shalom Pursuer of Peace Award, and his tireless work on behalf of Israel and Israeli-Palestinian Peace.

March 7, 2006
7:00 PM at 110 Kane Hall, University of Washington campus

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
7:30 PM at Congregation Beth Shalom, 6800 35th NE, Seattle. Professor Menachim Klein, one of Israel's Oslo negotiators and architects of the Geneva Accords, will be joined by Joel S. Migdal, Robert F. Phillip Professor of International Studies, Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington.

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
BREAKING THE SILENCE:The Occupation through the Lenses of Combat Soldiers

With Noam Chayut and Avichay Sharon
University Unitarian Church , 4:oo pm
6556 35th Avenue NE , Seattle

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
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.

February-March 2004
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
  • Tikkun Olam Blog by Richard Silverstein
    February 11, 2007
    IDF Refuseniks on David Ross Radio Show
    Richard Silverstein
    Brit Tzedek has sponsored a 22 city U.S. tour of the Israeli refusenik group, Combatants for Peace. Shimon Katz and Sulaiman al Hamri reached Seattle this past week for the tour's final stop and spoke at Seattle University, Temple DeHirsch Sinai and the University of Washington Hillel. I was responsible for media outreach and alas I didn't do a great job. [Read More - Audio Link Inside]

  • JT News
    October 29, 2006
    Representative Jim McDermott’s Smart Support for Israel
    In keeping with Judaism's long tradition of debate and discourse, American Jews have often expressed a plurality of opinions on how best to support Israel; never more so than in recent years. As such, many of us in the 7th Congressional District feel lucky to be represented by Rep. Jim McDermott, a man firmly committed to Israel's well-being and security, and passionate about the pursuit of peace. [read more]

  • JT News
    August 4, 2006
    Seattle-Area Jews Rally in Solidarity with Israel
    On July 23, a sweltering summer Sunday, members of the greater Seattle-area Jewish community trickled into Luther Burbank Park on Mercer Island for a rally in support of Israel. [read more]

  • JT News
    May 26, 2006
    Seattleites Exposed to Two Views of Israeli Politics
    During the month of May, two longtime observers of Israeli politics with sharply contrasting perspectives told Seattleites what they see unfolding since the March 28 election that brought the newly formed Kadima Party into office. [read more]

  • Seattle Jewish Transcript
    August 5, 2005
    Don´t Let Gaza Fail: Appoint a Presidential Envoy
    The State of Israel is disengaging from Gaza. Settlers will depart and infrastructure be dismantled beginning in mid-August. Israeli friends tell us that withdrawal after nearly forty years of settlement is a wrenching and disruptive event, exposing an ideological divide in Israeli society. [read more]

  • JT News, the Voice of Jewish Washington
    March 2005
    Settler vs. Refusenik: A Debate of Conscience
    The controversial Pilots´ Letter was originally signed by 27 Israeli fighter pilots who refused to take part in Air Force attacks on civilian population centers that they said kill innocent people. [read more]

  • JT News, the Voice of Jewish Washington
    December 3, 2004
    Marcia Freedman Talks Peace
    Freedman is something of an historic figure in Israel– an early champion of women´s rights and a member of the Knesset in the 1970s. In government she worked for reproductive rights and helped reform Israel´s abortion laws, as well as focused attention and services on the problem of domestic violence. But, she explained, she committed herself to living full-time in the United States when she agreed to become the president of the American Jewish Alliance for Peace and Justice 18 months ago. [read more]

  • Seattle Jewish Transcript
    November 2, 2003
    A Conference Pushes Toward Peace
    The window for a two-state solution for Israelis and Palestinians is quickly closing. That, and a bit of hearty optimism for some kind of resolution to the intifada that has gripped the Middle East were what approximately 700 left-leaning individuals came away with from Brit Tzedek v'Shalom: The Alliance for Justice and Peace's second annual conference at the end of October.

    Seattle's two delegates from Brit Tzedek, Barbara Lahav and Rainer Waldman Adkins, returned from the Boston conference with more hope for peace than just a few months ago, but also with the knowledge that they will have to work hard if they wish to influence the hearts and minds of American Jews across the ideological spectrum. "The difference between Brit Tzedek v'Shalom and some of the other ´left´ organizations is that it really comes from a very pro-Israeli situation," said Lahav. This conference was "a way for like-minded people around the country to come together to talk about and exchange ideas about bringing to the American Jewish population the peace movement of Brit Tzedek v'Shalom and the main point of the organization." [read more]

  • Seattle Jewish Transcript
    June 2003
    Group Seeks to Bring Settlers Back to Israel
    "One of the single most contentious issues in the Israeli-Palestinian crisis has been the Jewish settlements...."
    Read more about this papers coverage of Brit Tzedek's Call to Bring The Settler Home to Israel, as well as the emergence of the Seattle Brit Tzedek chapter. [read more]

  • Sermon by Rabbi Hillel Gamoran, Temple De Hirsch Sinai
    March 19, 2004
    Israel: Is Peace Possible?
    I grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio in a Zionist home. My father was the only Zionist in his office at the headquarters of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations. My mother was president of the local chapter of Hadassah. I was a member of the Zionist youth group, Young Judea. I remember walking from house to house in Cincinnati asking the folks to empty their blue boxes to plant trees and to buy land in Palestine. I remember dancing when Israel became a state in 1948. The dream of two thousand years had finally been achieved. [read more]

Contacting Washington Congressional Representatives
When calling, please ask to speak to the foreign policy legislative specialist. We have shown contact info for those representatives most likely to serve the greater Seattle area. If your Washington State representative is not shown, the League of Women Voters of Seattle website has a complete listing.

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Senator Patty Murray (D)
Next Election 2004
173 Russell Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224-2621
Fax: (202) 224-0238
Jackson Federal Building
915 2nd Avenue, Ste. 2988
Seattle, WA 98174-1003
Phone: (206) 553-5545
Fax: (206) 553-0891

Senator Maria Cantwell (D)
Next Election 2006
717 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510-0001
Phone: (202) 224-3441
Toll Free: 1 (888) 648-7328
Fax: (202) 228-0514
Jackson Federal Building
915 2nd Avenue, Ste. 3206
Seattle, WA 98174-1019
Phone: (206) 220-6400
Fax: (206) 220-6404

1st District
N. King, S. Snohomish, and N. Kitsap Cos.
Congressman Jay Inslee (D)
Next Election 2004
308 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515-4701
Toll Free: 1 (800) 422-5521
Fax: (202) 226-1606
21905 64th Ave W #101
Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043
Toll Free: 1 (800) 226-7144
Fax: (425) 776-7168

2nd District
Island, San Juan, Skagit, Whatcom and parts of Sno. & King Cos.
Congressman Rick Larsen (D)
Next Election 2004
1529 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515-4702
Phone: (202) 225-2605
Toll Free: (800) 562-1385
Fax: (202) 225-4420
2930 Wetmore Ave Ste. 9E
Everett, WA 98201-4070
Phone: (425) 252-3188
Fax: (425) 252-6606

Third District
Parts of Olympia, S. to Oregon border and areas West to Ocean
Congressman Brian Baird (D)
Next Election 2004
1421 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515-4703
Phone: (202) 225-3536
Fax: (202) 225-3478
1220 Main St, Ste. 360
Vancouver, WA 98660-2962
Phone: (360) 695-6292
Fax: (360) 695-6197
Sixth District
Clallam, Jefferson, Grays Harbor, Mason/Parts of Kitsap & Pierce Cos.
Congressman Norm Dicks
Next Election 2004
2467 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515-0001
Phone: (202) 225-5916
Toll Free: 1 (800) 947-NORM
Fax: (202) 226-1176
1717 Pacific Ave, Ste. 2244
Tacoma, WA 98402-3234
Phone: (253) 593-6536
Fax: (253) 593-6551

Seventh District
Island & most of Seattle
Congressman Jim McDermott
Next Election 2004 1035 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515-0001
Phone: (202) 225-3106
Fax: (202) 225-6197
1809 Seventh Ave, Ste. 1212
Seattle, WA 98101-1399
Phone: (206) 553-7170
Fax: (206) 553-7175

8th District
Bellevue, East to crest of Cascades/East Pierce Cos.
Congressman Dave Reichert (R)
Next Election 2008
1223 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-7761
Fax: (202) 225-4282
2737 78th Ave SE, Ste. 202
Mercer Island, WA 98040
Phone: (206) 275-3438
Fax: (206) 275-3437

9th District
Parts of S King, Pierce, and Thurston Cos.
Congressman Adam Smith (D)
Next Election 2004
227 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515-0001
Phone: (202) 225-8901
Fax: (202) 225-5893
1717 Pacific Ave, Ste. 2135
Tacoma, WA 98402-3203
Phone: (253) 593-6600
Toll Free: 1 (888) Smith09
Fax: (253) 593-6776
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