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FROM GAZA TO NEGOTIATIONS:
The Role of American Jews

Brit Tzedek v'Shalom's 3rd National Conference

February 19-21, 2005
Temple Israel of the City of New York
112 E. 75th Street
New York, NY

AGENDA

Saturday - February 19
5:30 pm   Registration begins
8:00 pm Opening Thoughts
Rabbi Balfour Brickner, Senior Rabbi Emeritus of Stephen Wise Free Synagogue
Welcome
Marcia Freedman, President, Brit Tzedek v'Shalom and former Member of Knesset
Opening Plenary
From Gaza to Negotiations:
The Role of the American Jewish Community
MK Colette Avital, Member of Knesset and former Israeli Consul General in New York
Jeremy Ben-Ami, Senior Vice President, Fenton Communications

J.J. Goldberg, Editor of the Forward
Sunday - February 20
9:00 - 10:30 am Workshop Session I
10:45 am - 12:15  pm Workshop Session II
  Lunch
Film Viewing: Another Side of Peace, a documentary film by Ellen Frick and Gretchen Burger.
2:15 - 3:45 pm Workshop Session III
4:00 - 5:30 pm Annual Meeting
6:00 - 8:00 pm Dinner
Join workshops presenters and fellow attendees for a continuation of discussion. Open to those who have registered for the full conference or Sunday only. Register for dinner.
8:00 pm Keynote Address
From Gaza to Negotiations:
How do we get there?
Architects of the Geneva Accord:
Amnon Lipkin-Shahak, former Member of Knesset and Chief of Staff of the Israel Defense Forces
Amjad Atallah, Advisor to Yasser Abed Rabbo and the Palestinian Peace Coalition and former advisor to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas
Monday - February 21
9:15 - 10:45 am Workshop Session IV
11:00 am - 12:30 pm Workshop Session V
  Lunch
Campus Activist Lunch (free to all students)
2:00-3:30 pm Closing Plenary
From Gaza to Negotiations:
Organizing in the United States
Diane Balser, Vice President and co-Chair of Advocacy and Public Policy, Brit Tzedek v'Shalom
Rafi Dajani, Executive Director of American Task Force on Palestine
Steve Masters, Chair of Advocacy and Public Policy, Brit Tzedek v'Shalom
Saffiya Shillo, President of the Palestinian American Congress-Chicago Chapter


FEATURED SPEAKERS

  • Amjad Atallah, advisor to the PLO's Negotiations Affairs Department and Mahmoud Abbas' office.
  • MK Colette Avital, Member of Knesset and former Israeli Consul General in New York.
  • Diane Balser, Vice President and co-Chair of Advocacy and Public Policy, Brit Tzedek v'Shalom.
  • Jeremy Ben-Ami, Senior Vice President of Fenton Communications
  • Rafi Dajani, Executive Director of American Task Force on Palestine.
  • J.J. Goldberg, Editor of the Forward.
  • Amnon Lipkin-Shahak, former Member of Knesset and Chief of Staff of the Israel Defense Forces.
  • Steve Masters, Chair of Advocacy and Public Policy, Brit Tzedek v'Shalom.
  • Saffiya Shillo, President of the Palestinian American Congress-Chicago Chapter.
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WORKSHOPS

Workshop Session I
Sunday, February 20, 9:00 - 10:30 am
War and Peace: A Modern Midrash?—A Panel and Writing Workshop
Sidra Ezrahi and Alicia Ostriker
Description Ostriker Bio
Ezrahi Bio
Assessing the Security Barrier
Jennifer Klein and Tony Klug
Description Klein Bio
Klug Bio
Strategizing for Peace
Jeremy Ben-Ami
Description   Ben-Ami Bio
From Oslo to Geneva: An Historic Overview of Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations
Amjad Atallah, MK Colette Avital and Herb Kelman
Description Atallah Bio
Avital Bio
Kelman Bio
Turning Terror to Tolerance in the "Streets" of Israel, Gaza, and the West Bank
Rabbi Bruce Mark Cohen, Lesley Karsten Di Nicola and Karen Wald
Description Cohen Bio
Wald Bio
Israeli-Palestinian Historical Narratives: Reconciliation and Policy Implications
Paul Scham
Description Scham Bio
Alternative Media? Alternative Visions?: Independent Filmmaking and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Danae Elon, Ted Saad and Harvey Stein
Description
Elon Bio
Saad Bio
Stein Bio
The Outcome of Honoring Is Peace: Tools and Practices to Honor and Resolve any Choice, Challenge, or Conflict in Your Life
Judith Aftergut and Megan Brown
Description Aftergut Bio
Brown Bio
Excerpts from An Olive on the Seder Plate
The Liberty Cabbage Theater Revival
Description About the Theater
Workshop Session II
Sunday, February 20, 10:45 am - 12:15 pm
Zionism: Past, Present and Future
Bernard Avishai, Rabbi Andrew Hahn and Brian Klug
Description Avishai Bio
Hahn Bio
Klug Bio
What is Happening Today in Congress and the Administration
Jeremy Rabinovitz
Description Rabinovitz Bio
Leadership for Peace in Jewish Congregations
Aaron Ahuvia, Rabbi Balfour Brickner, Cantor Michael Davis, Rabbi John Friedman and Rabbi Brian Walt
Description Ahuvia Bio
Brickner Bio
Davis Bio
Friedman Bio
Walt Bio
Theatre as a Tool in Israeli-Palestinian Peace Work
Kathryn Blume, Diane Gilboa, David Harris, Deb Shoval and Eileen Weiss
Description Blume Bio
Gilboa Bio
Harris Bio
Shoval Bio
Weiss Bio
Jewish-Christian Relations and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Cherie Brown, Corinne Whitlatch and Ron Young
Description Brown Bio
Whitlatch Bio
Young Bio
Israeli-Palestinian Coexistence
Deanna Armbruster, Ami Nahshon, Nahanni Rous and Yoav Shoham
Description Armbruster Bio
Lubetsky Bio
Nahshon Bio
Rous Bio
Shoham Bio
Mizrachi Jews and the Peace Process
Shoshana Madmoni-Gerber
Description Madmoni-Gerber Bio
"Acknowledgement and Apology"
Jessica Benjamin
Description Benjamin Bio
A Pilot's Courage to Say "No"
Yonatan Shapira
Description Shapira Bio
Workshop Session III
Sunday, February 20, 2:15 - 3:45 pm
Human Rights and Judaism
Rabbi Brian Walt
Description Walt Bio
Building Bridges through the Arts
Sima Elizabeth Shefrin
Description Shefrin Bio
Organizing for Peace within the Palestinian Community
Ahlam Akram, Rafi Dajani, Adeeb Fadil and Saffiya Shillo
Description
Akram Bio
Dajani Bio
Fadil Bio
Shillo Bio
Media Coverage of the Conflict
Eric Alterman, Miriam Felton-Dansky and Alisa Solomon
Description Alterman Bio
Felton-Dansky Bio
Solomon Bio
Debate and Dissent about the Conflict on Campus
Joe Gindi, Jen Klein and Rabbi Chaim Seidler-Feller
Description Klein Bio Seidler-Feller Bio
Imagine Peace in Detail: Insiders Speak on the Geneva and OneVoice Citizens´ Peace Initiative
Daniel Lubetzky
  Lubetzky Bio
Handling Disagreements with Jews on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Cherie Brown
Description
Brown Bio
Divestment and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Jennifer Butler, Ethan Felson, Steve Masters and Sara Norman
Description
Butler Bio
Felson Bio
Masters Bio
Norman Bio
Promoting Tolerance in a Post-Durban/Post-911 World: Practitioners Discuss Anti-Racism Work in Their Communities
Sarah Elshazly and Sybil Kessler
Description Kessler Bio
Elshazly Bio
Where Do We Come From: What Can We Learn from Social Justice Movements?
Diane Balser, William Gamson, Ivan Handler and Jo-Ann Mort
Description Balser Bio
Gamson Bio
Handler Bio
Mort Bio
Workshop Session IV
Monday, February 21, 9:15 - 10:45 am
Anti-Semitism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Cherie Brown, Ivan Handler and Brian Klug
Description Brown Bio
Handler Bio
Klug Bio
The How-To´s of Grassroots Advocacy
Rainer Waldman Adkins, Steve Masters and Beth Wasserman
Description Adkins Bio
Masters Bio
Wasserman Bio
Ideas Ahead Of The Curve
Rabbi Joab Eichenberg-Eilon and Tony Klug
Description Eichenberg-Eilon Bio
Klug Bio
Jewish Feminism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Diane Balser and Marcia Freedman
Description Balser Bio
Freedman Bio
The Environment as an Ingredient for Peace
Jeffrey Albert and Daniel Orenstein
Description Albert Bio
Orenstein Bio
Engaging Young Adults in Middle East Peace Work
Rebecca Hartman, Barry Joseph and Jennifer Klein
Description Hartman Bio
Joseph Bio
Klein Bio
Opening of the Heart
Barbara Lahav
Description Lahav Bio
Workshop Session V
Monday, February 21, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Christian Zionism and Israel´s Expansion
Joan Bokaer
Description
Organizing Listening Projects in Synagogues and Jewish Organizations
Cherie Brown, Betsy Fuchs, Todd Miller and Lara Weitzman
Description
Brown Bio
Fuchs Bio
Miller Bio
Weitzman Bio
Is the Israeli Government Capable of Withdrawing from the Settlements?
David Matz
Description Matz Bio
A Discussion Forum for Activists Present and Future
Aaron Ahuvia and Carinne Luck
Description Ahuvia Bio
Luck Bio
Holy Land, Sacred Space: Land for Peace in the Jewish Tradition
Rabbi Chaim Seidler-Feller
Description Seidler-Feller Bio
Maps Matter
Jeffery Albert and Shari Motro
Description
Albert Bio
Motro Bio
Myths of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
David Albert
Description Albert Bio
Answering the Difficult Questions about the Conflict and Brit Tzedek v´Shalom
Aliza Becker and Marcia Freedman
Description Becker Bio
Freedman Bio
Contemporary Political and Diplomatic Developments
Amjad Atallah, Amnon Lipkin-Shahak and Aaron Miller
Description Atallah Bio
Lipkin-Shahak Bio
Miller Bio


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