Materials: Brit Tzedek's First Annual Report, a New
Brochure and Website Resource Section Introduced
Brit Tzedek Brings "Land of the Settlers" to a City near
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
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
Update: Israeli Cabinet Approves EU Inspectors at
Rafah Border Crossing
Tzedek in the News: Read more
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 email@example.com.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
to Grow: Brit Tzedek Adds Two New Chapters
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
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.
New Co-Chairs for Two
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
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
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.
Welcome New Office
Manager and Intern; Farewell Leila Forouzan
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.
Tzedek Launches Tour with Water Expert
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
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
Pro-Israel, Pro-Peace! by Michael Gelman
and Todd Miller. The Isthmus, 10 June
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
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
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
Beyond the Gaza Disengagement, by Herbet
C. Kelman. Boston Globe, 15 August
Barney Frank's 'Vote for Peace', by David
Strauss. Newton Tab, 17 August 2005.
Leaving Gaza, by James Adler.
International Herald Tribune, 19 August
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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