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[BTvS-General] VOTE NOW! Brit Tzedek Board Elections

Dear Member,

Please vote for Brit Tzedek's Board of Directors 2005-2006.
Simply fill in the ballot and reply to this message.

This past year Brit Tzedek's board of directors voted to amend
the election process for board members to a single slate system,
whereby a nominating committee of board members and activists
will recommend a list to the organization's general membership
for ratification.

Printed below is a ballot with the names of the proposed slate
members. You have the option of voting for the entire slate or
for individual members. To vote, please reply to this email and
place an "X" next to the entire slate option or next to the
individual name(s) you wish to support.

PLEASE VOTE BY JULY 1, 2005.

More information follows below the ballot:
Position Description
Candidate Bios
Continuing Board Members

BALLOT FOR BRIT TZEDEK BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2005-2006

____ I support the entire slate.

____ I wish to vote for the following individual candidates
(Choose up to 8):

(I)=Incumbent

____ Allan Abrams (Prairie Village, KS)

____ Cantor Michael Davis (Chicago, IL)

____ Molly Freeman (Berkeley, CA) (I)

____ Marcia Freedman (Berkeley, CA) (I)

____ Rabbi Josh Levine-Grater (Pasadena, CA)

____ Roger Kahn (Denver, CO)

____ Jennifer Klein (New York, NY) (I)

____ Lara Weitzman (New York, NY) (I)

POSITION DESCRIPTION

Brit Tzedek's Board consists of 24 members. The Board term is 3
years, with a maximum of 2 terms. Brit Tzedek has a grassroots
working Board. Board members commit 10-15 hours a month, either
as an active committee member, chapter leader or activist, or by
providing specialized knowledge and skills. One to two hours of
this time is spent on monthly board calls. We meet in person
once or twice a year, as possible, usually for a day-long
meeting. A great deal of our business is conducted by email.
Keeping up with and participating in email discussions and votes
can add an additional 4-5 hours to the monthly time commitment.

CANDIDATE BIOS

ALLAN ABRAMS recently completed the sale of the securities firm
he formed some 30 years ago which specialized in Israeli
corporate stocks registered with the U.S. Securities and
Exchange Commission (SEC), and is now a semi-retired tax
attorney, investment adviser, and a professional
arbitrator/mediator. He has served as National Trustee for the
NCCJ (National Conference for Community & Justice, formerly
known as the National Conference of Christians and Jews), as a
board member of NCCJ's local chapter since the 1970's,
chairperson of the Christian-Jewish-Muslim Dialogue Group of
Greater Kansas City, and principal adviser to Kansas City's
Minority Museum and Diversity Coalition. He has served as
president of the Kansas City chapter of the American Jewish
Committee (AJC), and on AJC's International Relations Commission
in Washington, D.C. He has lectured and published articles about
the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and peace process since the
early 1990's.

CANTOR MICHAEL DAVIS initiated and performed in the "Music from
the Tent of Abraham" program at his synagogue, bringing together
Jewish and Arab musicians and artists for a weekend of
cross-cultural activity. He has spent most of his life in Israel
where he worked as a journalist in the Israeli Army and as a
translator and staffer for the Washington Post Jerusalem bureau.
He also planned and performed in his congregation's first
memorial evening for Yitzhak Rabin, which included live music
and a presentation by Naomi Chazan (in conjunction with Brit
Tzedek). Cantor Davis received his investiture from Hebrew Union
College's School for Sacred Music, where he currently serves on
the committee that ordains cantorial students in the
certification program.

MARCIA FREEDMAN is Brit Tzedek's founding President and has
served on the Board of Directors since the organization's
inception. She was one of the founders and leaders of the
feminist movement in Israel in the early seventies. She served
in the Knesset from 1973-1977 and co-founded the Women's Party.
She also founded the newly established Community School for
Women, a school without walls that provides women's studies in
the community as well as courses designed for economic
empowerment. She is an active member of the Israeli Women's
Coalition for a Just Peace. In Berkeley, she is a frequent
lecturer and an advocate for Israeli women's and peace issues in
the North American diaspora. She is the author of an acclaimed
memoir, Exile in the Promised Land, and numerous articles and
reviews.

MOLLY FREEMAN has led the SF Bay Area chapter for two years. As
a national Board member she serves as Chair of the Research
Committee and as a member of the Policy Advisory and Advocacy
and Public Policy Steering committees. In the local Jewish
community she has served as vice president of a conservative
synagogue, chair of the JCRC, and continues to serve on the
board of Lehrhaus Judaica, an adult Jewish education agency.
Professionally she studies the integration of technology in
education and publishes reviews of research for posting on an
educational website. Her doctorate is in Complex Systems and
Distance Learning.

RABBI JOSHUA LEVINE GRATER was ordained by the Jewish
Theological Seminary in 1999. Thereafter he spend two years as a
Marshall T. Meyer Rabbinic Fellow for Congregation B'nai
Jeshurun in New York City and three as the rabbi of Congregation
Ahavath Israel in Kingston, New York, before becoming the
spiritual leader of the Pasadena Jewish Temple and Center. Rabbi
Grater's work is a balance of activism, tikkun olam, and
spiritual discipline. As an activist, he is involved in local
social justice causes, often with interfaith coalitions. His
writings have been published in Tikkun and on SocialAction.com.
He is an executive council member of the Southern California
Board of Rabbis, a member of the Rabbinic Council of the
Southern California branch of Americans for Peace Now and on the
Advisory Board of The JustVision Project. He is a teacher of
Jewish meditation and a proponent of contemplative prayer in his
own synagogue and in the general community.

ROGER KAHN has been active in peace and social justice
organizations for over 40 years, initially as a volunteer and
then as a staff person in the civil rights and anti-poverty
movements of the sixties, and later in coalition efforts with
community, labor and environmental organizations. Since the
early eighties he has been actively involved in the Jewish
community and in outreach efforts between Jews and Arabs, both
in Colorado and Israel/Palestine. This included being social
justice chair of the Colorado chapter of the New Jewish Agenda,
being co-chair of The Town Hall Meeting Series (a forum where
different perspectives of important and controversial topics
within the Jewish Community were aired); conducting training and
technical assistance for grass roots organizations in Israel and
on the Palestinian side of the "Green Line") and being part of a
17-person Muslim/Jewish delegation to Morocco, Israel and
Palestine. He is a former professor of nonprofit organization
management at the undergraduate (Metropolitan State College of
Denver) and graduate level (Regis University), and the director
of the Center for Non-Profit Organization Leadership at the
latter institution.

JENNIFER KLEIN is currently a graduate student at Columbia's
School of International and Public Affairs. Previously, she
worked for the Institute for Middle East Peace and Development
assisting in Track Two diplomatic efforts as well as assisting
with a book on the historical role of the U.S. in the Middle
East. As an undergraduate at the University of Chicago, Klein
studied International Relations, was the co-founder of an
Arab-Jewish Dialogue group on campus. This summer she will be
living in Israel/Palestine and working on local peace efforts.
Klein sits on the national board of Brit Tzedek v'Shalom and is
currently the acting Chair of the New York City Chapter.

LARA WEITZMAN is an independent organization development
consultant who assists companies, organizations and community
groups in learning to transform the systems, processes and
dynamics through which they operate. She specializes in conflict
resolution, diversity and culture change strategies. Her clients
include The Brotherhood Synagogue, Joshua Venture, Jews for
Racial and Economic Justice, Morgan Stanley Dean Witter,
Deutschebank, The University of Oklahoma, The National Alliance
for the Mentally Ill and The American Cancer Society. In
addition to consulting, Lara has worked in the non-profit sector
doing program development and support group counselor training,
and has taught multiculturalism and cross-cultural dynamics
(Critical Theory) at the University of California, Santa Cruz
and Carnegie Mellon University. She is a member of the National
Training Labs (NTL) and has served on the Board of Brit Tzedek
v'Shalom since its inception.

CONTINUING BOARD MEMBERS

Board Members with terms thru June '06:
1) Rainer Waldman Adkins (Seattle, WA)
2) Jeff Albert (appointed) (Washington, DC)
3) Rabbi Jill Jacobs (Chicago, IL)
4) Gil Kulick (New York, NY)
5) Alison Pepper (New York, NY)

Board Members with terms thru June '07:
1) Aaron Ahuvia (Ann Arbor, MI)
2) David Albert (Austin, TX)
3) Cherie Brown (Silver Spring, MD)
4) Elliot Figman (New York, NY)
5) Rabbi John Friedman (Durham, NC)
6) Nan Gefen (San Francisco, CA)
7) Ivan Handler (Chicago, CA)
8) Steve Masters (Philadelphia, PA)
9) David Matz (Boston, MA)
10) Donna Spiegelman (Boston, MA)

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11 E. Adams Street, Suite 707
Chicago, IL 60603
Phone: (312) 341-1205
Fax: (312) 341-1206
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