EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR UPDATE
October 2005
By Aliza Becker

New Materials: Brit Tzedek's First Annual Report, a New Brochure and Website Resource Section Introduced
Programming: Brit Tzedek Brings "Land of the Settlers" to a City near You
Chapter Highlights: Grassroots Continues to Grow: Brit Tzedek Adds Two New Chapters; New York City Chapter Joins in the Fun at Jewzapalooza; and DC Chapter Welcomes Young Voice into the Peace Mosaic
Committee News: New Co-Chairs Named to Two Committees
Tours: Brit Tzedek Launches Tour with Water Expert
Staff Updates: Welcome to Eduardo Gabrieloff and Bruno Mikanowski; Farewell to Leila Forouzan
News Update: Israeli Cabinet Approves EU Inspectors at Rafah Border Crossing
Brit Tzedek in the News: Read more

NEW MATERIALS

Brit Tzedek's First Annual Report, a New Brochure and Website Resource Section Introduced
Brit Tzedek has just issued both its first Annual Report for the calendar year 2004 and a new brochure. To receive copies of either document, please write to info@btvshalom.org.

We have also recently added a resources section to our website where you will find a growing list of fact sheets on a variety of topics related to the conflict, new maps of the proposed expansion of the West Bank settlement of Maale Adumim and a comprehensive list of links to a variety of other organizations' websites in this country and the region working to promote a just and tenable resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

PROGRAMMING

Brit Tzedek Brings "Land of the Settlers" to a City Near You
This autumn, Brit Tzedek chapters across the country are hosting showings with facilitated discussions of the documentary series, "Land of The Settlers." This series, based on the travels of distinguished Israeli broadcaster Chaim Yavin to the occupied territories over the course of two years where he filmed much of the footage himself, addresses the impact of Israeli settlements on Israelis and Palestinians alike in a way that is personal and powerful.

"This documentary is sure to stir very complex and visceral emotions amongst we who care for the security and peace of Israel," says Carinne Luck, Brit Tzedek's national chapter organizer, "we hope to create a forum in which we can discuss how to move forward from here as a community." If you would like to host a house party featuring "Land of the Settlers," write chapter@btvshalom.org

CHAPTER HIGHLIGHTS

Grassroots Continue to Grow: Brit Tzedek Adds Two New Chapters
With the momentum of the National Advocacy Days in Washington DC at their backs, several Brit Tzedek activists decided it was time to create a chapter in Rhode Island. Then last month, Kalamazoo, MI became the thirty-second city nationwide, and the third in Michigan, to "house" a Brit Tzedek chapter.

For more information on Brit Tzedek chapters, visit the Chapters section of our website.

New York City Chapter Joins in the Fun at Jewzapalooza
On September 25, Brit Tzedek's New York City chapter set up shop, or rather: a booth, at Jewzapalooza, an outdoor music festival and street fair organized by the New York Jewish Music and Heritage Festival. Brit Tzedek volunteers collected signatures for our "Gaza First, Not Last" petition campaign from the thousands of attendees from across the tri-state region and joined the crowds in celebrating Jewish and Israeli music and food.

DC Chapter Welcomes Young Voice into the Peace Mosaic
The Washington, DC chapter welcomed Jennifer Miller, a DC native who is the daughter of former Senior Adviser for Arab-Israeli Negotiations Aaron Miller, who spoke about her recently released book, Inheriting the Holy Land. Miller said that she had been apathetic about politics in general, especially the Middle East, which took her father away for so long, until she went to a "Seeds of Peace" camp and met Israelis and Palestinians grappling with co-existence. While her book includes interviews with famous faces of the conflict, including the late Yasser Arafat and Ehud Barak, it focuses on bringing the voices of younger people into the peace mosaic.

COMMITTEE NEWS

New Co-Chairs for Two National Committees
The Advocacy and Public Policy Committee is pleased to welcome new co-chair Paul Scham. Scham is an Adjunct Scholar at the Middle East Institute and a Visiting Scholar at George Washington University, both in Washington, DC. In 1989, he established the Washington Office of Americans for Peace Now and was its first Washington Representative. He recently completed editing a book dealing with the historical narratives of the two sides. Scham replaces Diane Balser, who became the organization's CEO in July.

The Public Information Committee, which researches and writes much of Brit Tzedek's education material for distribution, has announced that Jan Jaben-Eilon and Irwin Wall will chair the committee as the organization's president, Marcia Freedman steps down. Jaben-Eilon is a freelance international business writer who splits her time between Jerusalem and Atlanta, where she is the Director of Israel Experience at the Center for Jewish Education and Experiences. Wall is a professor emeritus of the history department of the University of California at Riverside and a visiting scholar at New York University's Center for European Studies.  
 
NEWS UPDATE

Shortly after we asked our constituents to thank President Bush and Secretary of State Rice for their recent statements on improving the mobility of Gaza residents and easing the flow of goods, the Israeli Cabinet approved a proposal under with European Union personnel will operate the Rafah border crossing between the Gaza Strip and Egypt. Read more in Haaretz

STAFF UPDATES

Welcome New Office Manager and Intern; Farewell Leila Forouzan
Brit Tzedek is pleased to welcome two new members to our national office both of whom have extended family in Israel.

Eduardo Gabrieloff is our new Office Manager. His previous jobs have included working as a community organizer, a college newspaper editor, a reporter, and a fund development Assistant. Eduardo is a native of Colombia, and he is also a poet!

Bruno Mikanowski, our newest intern, is a recent graduate of Princeton University. He spent a year teaching high school in Morocco following an internship at Harper's Magazine. Bruno has done extensive research on the Jewish community of Krakow at the turn of the century and on Jewry in post-war Poland. 

Leila Forouzan, our former Office Manager, left Chicago for the bright lights of New York City. In addition to her superior organizational skills and technical savvy, Leila brought grace and professionalism to the office. We wish her good luck as she begins the next stage of her life.

TOURS

Brit Tzedek Launches Tour with Water Expert
Brit Tzedek board member and Mideast water resource expert, Dr. Jeffrey Albert, PhD launched a four-city speaking tour of the Pacific Northwest in Portland on September 29. There he spoke at both Portland State University and a Havurah on the topic of "Water, Justice and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: The Role of Water Resources in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict" and was interviewed by Portland's community radio.

On October 29, 2005, Albert spoke at San Francisco State University on the topic of "The New Geography of Israeli-Palestinian Peace," discussing the use of innovations in digital cartography to focus on the evolving Israeli and Palestinian borders, competing peace proposals, water resources, climate, and the overall physical geography of the region.

For more information about Albert's appearances this February in Seattle and Olympia, Washington and other upcoming speaking events in cities across the country visit our national tour website.

BRIT TZEDEK IN THE NEWS

Pro-Israel, Pro-Peace! by Michael Gelman and Todd Miller. The Isthmus, 10 June 2005.

Gaza First, by Allan Abrams. Kansas City Star, 19 July 2005.

Cambridge Woman to Head U.S. Group Favoring 'Negotiated' Pact on Israeli Conflict. Jewish Advocate, 29 July - 4 August 2005.

Abbas Needs US Support on Disengagement, by Donna Spiegelman. Jewish Advocate, 29 July - 4 August 2005.

On the Gaza Withdrawal, by Michelle Gawerc. Somerville Tab, 3 August 2005.

Our Rep Leads for Peace, by Sandy Goldfless. Brookline Tab, 4 August 2005.

Balser Named CEO of Brit Tzedek. Cambridge Chronicle, 4 August 2005.

Don't Let Gaza Fail: Appoint a Presidential Envoy, by Rainer Waldman Adkins. Seattle Jewish Transcript, 5 August 2005.

US Envoy Needed in Israel, by Sanford Goldfless. Jewish Advocate, 5-11 August 2005.

Leaving Gaza, Finding Peace by Diane Balser and Beth Wasserman. Boston Jewish Advocate, 11 August 2005.

Local Man Joins Board of Jewish Peace Group, by Rick Hellman. Kansas City Jewish Chronicle, 12 August 2005.

New Envoy for Gaza, by Aliza Becker. The American Jewish World, 12 August 2005.

Beyond the Gaza Disengagement, by Herbet C. Kelman. Boston Globe, 15 August 2005.

Barney Frank's 'Vote for Peace', by David Strauss. Newton Tab, 17 August 2005.

Leaving Gaza, by James Adler. International Herald Tribune, 19 August 2005.

New Envoy for Gaza, by Aliza Becker. Chicago Jewish Star, 19 August 2005.

Column Left: What Is Zionism?, by Ralph Seliger. Israel Horizons, Summer 2005. 

Two States Are 'Common Sense' 15 Minutes with Marcia Freedman, by Suzi Brozman. Atlanta Jewish Times, 14 October 2005.

Hope for Peace Seen in Water Experts Working Together, by Paul Haist. Portland Jewish Review, 15 October 2005.

Gaza Disengagement, by Marcia Freedman. The Nation, 24 October 2005.


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