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Brit Tzedek v'Shalom

Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace

Chapter Activities

St. Louis, MO

To add your name to our St. Louis chapter mailing list and for more information about our activities and committees, please email us.

Chapter Co-chairs:
Gloria Gordon
Virginia Frantz

Upcoming Events

Sunday, May 31, 2009
2:00 - 3:30 pm
U City Library
6701 Delmar Blvd, 2nd floor conference room
additional parking across the street (Kingsland) in the lot behind Cicero's

Please join us as we invite Robert Fares, President of the WU  student group, Students for a Peaceful Palestinian-Israeli Future (SPPIF), to speak with us.  We will be speaking about bringing speakers to WU and cooperating with the new student branch of J Street.  Robert, born in Canada to a Lebanese father and an American mother, grew up in Saudi Arabia and Lebanon .For more information please contact us by email. 

Past Events


Sunday, April 26, 2009
1:00 to 2:30 pm.
U City Library
2nd floor conference room
Our April meeting will focus on the current Brit Tzedek talking points.  Several chapter members have been asked to prepare background information on these talking points that will help us better discuss the BTvS message with our friends and our congressional leaders. Please join us on Sunday, April 26 no matter where you stand on the issues! There is much to learn from all sides. For more information please contact us by email.

Sunday, March 22, 2009
2-3:30 p.m.
University City Library
6701 Delmar Blvd
St Louis, MO 63130

Chapter Meeting
“Current Brit Tzedek Action Alerts: A Review and Critique”We will discuss the Why's and How's for actions Brit Tzedek is currently asking grass-roots Jews to take to support steps by the Obama administration and our legislators toward a negotiated two-state solution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Resource Person:  Michael Berg, former director of the Carolina Peace Resource Center in Columbia, SC. For more information please contact us by email.

Sunday, February 15, 2009
Central Reform Congregation
Library Room
5020 Waterman at Kingshighway

Topic: Current Status of the Gaza Situation: How to support steps toward a two-state solution.  
Listen to one another. Review and discuss highlights of talk by Rabbi Marc Gopin.
Make decisions about immediate chapter goals.
Write letters to legislators.
All are welcome.

For more information please contact us by email

January 11, 2009
Central Reform Congregation
5020 Waterman at Kingshighway

The St. Louis Chapter of Brit Tzedek v'Shalom (Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace) will have a gathering this coming Sunday to give our supporters a chance to share their concerns about the Gaza situation.   Everyone will have a chance to be listened to. We will also discuss steps that we in the St. Louis area can take.

September 6, 2007, 7:00pm
Hillel, 6300 Forsyth Blvd
Living Room Dialogue with Linda Holtzman, Associate Professor, Communications, Webster University; Former Executive Director, Jews United for Justice and Mazen Badra, Professor, Sanford-Brown College and Webster University; Founding member, Children of Abraham, who will discuss current developments in light of Linda’s recent meeting with families and human rights groups in Israel and the West Bank.  Hillel at 7 p.m.

August 18, 2007, 2:00pm
Schlafly Branch Library
St. Louis, MO 63108 [map]
Two members of the Israeli-Palestinian group, Combatants for Peace, will take part in a session of study and discussion on the topic of non-violent alternatives for achieving a resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Visitors from Combatants for Peace are Yonatan Gur, former Israeli army platoon commander, and Ra'ed Haddar, former Palestinian combatant.  Open with free admission to the St. Louis community, and presented in a study group format in keeping with Shabbat, the event is sponsored by Brit Tzedek v'Shalom-St. Louis, (Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace). 
Shabbat study with Combatants for Peace. The "Combatants For Peace" movement was started by Palestinians and Israelis who had taken part in the cycle of violence between the two peoples. After brandishing weapons for so many years, these former combatants decided to put down their guns and instead fight for peace.

Sunday, January 28, 2007
Combatants for Peace Tour

Central Reform Congregation
5020 Waterman Avenue, St. Louis
Brit Tzedek's Combatants for Peace Tour will be coming to St. Louis on Sunday, January 28, 2007. The two speakers, Elik Elhanan and Sulaiman Al Hamri, will be giving a talk in the afternoon at Central Reform Congregation, located at 5020 Waterman Avenue in St. Louis. More details to follow. For more information, contact Lois Levine by email or (314) 968-9917. For more information on the Combatants for Peace Tour, including bios of the speakers and a description of Combatants for Peace, please click here.

March 8, 2005  Press coverage
Israeli Air Force refuser, Yonatan Shapira, spoke at Shaare Emeth Congregation, 11645 Ladue Road (corner of Ladue and Ballas Roads), St. Louis at 7:30pm. For more information, send an email.

October 11, 2004
The St. Louis chapter of Brit Tzedek v'Shalom and Central Reform Congregation's Israel Circle hosted a panel discussion on the Open Letter from American Jews to the Next President. Rabbis Steve Gutow (St. Louis Reconstructionist Minion), Susan Talve (CRC), and Mark Fasman (Shaare Zedek), Brit Tzedek National Organizer Carinne Luck, and Jewish Light editor-in-chief/publisher Bob Cohn, spoke about the Open Letter and their thoughts on the role of American Jews in resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Read news coverage.

Local Press Coverage
  • St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    February 1, 2007
    'Combatants for Peace' aims to end annihilation
    Sylvester Brown
    The Children of Abraham co-sponsored Sunday's "Combatants for Peace" event,
    along with Brit Tzedek v'Shalom (Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace) and
    other groups. The Combatants for Peace movement began in 2005 in the Middle
    East when Palestinians and Israelis grew tired of brandishing weapons at each
    other. The group's logo shows two figures tossing aside their weapons and
    walking toward each other with open arms. Read More

  • St. Louis Jewish Light
    February 1, 2007
    Ex-combatants speak at CRC event
    Mike Sherwin
    What do a former IDF counterterrorism officer and a Palestinian activist and former prisoner in Israel have in common? They are both searching for peaceful solutions to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Palestinian Sulaiman Al Hamri and Israeli Shimon Katz came to St. Louis as a part of a 22-city tour by members of Combatants for Peace, a group advocating non-violent solutions to the Middle East conflict. Read More

  • Jewish Light
    March 22, 2006
    Doing the Math on Hamas
    The victory of Hamas in the Palestinian elections is cause for great concern within the American Jewish community. Not only is Hamas on the U.S. State Department’s list of terrorist organizations, but its charter calls for the destruction of Israel and it has repeatedly perpetrated acts of terror and violence that target innocent civilians.

  • Jewish Light
    March 16, 2005
    Refuser Pilot Speaks to Crowd at Shaare Emeth
    Discussions of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict often stir strong emotions, and such was the case on March 8, when close to 200 people attended a presentation on the subject at Shaare Emeth.

  • Jewish Light
    March 16, 2005
    Group Seeks 'Just Peace' in Mideast
    The three-year-old national organization comprises American Jews who are strongly committed to a negotiated settlement to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict based on the Geneva Accord peace agreement of October 2003.

  • Jewish Light
    October 20, 2004
    Central Reform Holds Public Forum on Israel
    On Oct. 11, CRC's Israel Circle held the forum to discuss the "Open Letter from American Jews to the Next President," that has been drafted by the organization Brit Tzedek v'Shalom.
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