**Make your hotel reservations by January 27th
to lock in special conference rates!**

Building Israeli-Palestinian Peace in Uncertain Times

Brit Tzedek v'Shalom's Western Regional Conference 2006
President's Day Weekend, February 18-19
San Francisco Bay Area

From L to R: Rabbi Roberto Graetz, Diane Balser, Amjad Atallah, Stephen P. Cohen,
Marcia Freedman, Omar Dajani, and Jeff Albert

Register today for the opportunity to translate your commitment to a negotiated, two-state resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict into concrete action in your community.

Develop the tools to move towards the goal of a just and viable peace, within an American Jewish framework. See agenda.

Save with our early registration discount!

The conference will feature:
  • A keynote address--"The Israeli and Palestinian Elections: Negotiating National Identities"--by Stephen P. Cohen, founder and Director of the Institute for Middle East Peace and Economic Development, and Amjad Atallah, advisor to Yasser Abed Rabbo and the Palestinian Peace Coalition.

  • 15 workshops. Topics include the state of the burgeoning Israeli and Palestinian peace movements and hands-on grassroots organizing skills training covering the status of peace process politics on Capitol Hill; addressing the conflict in Jewish Congregations and opportunities for activism in city councils and local political parties.

  • Networking opportunities for Brit Tzedek supporters and chapters in your region, and training in forming and maintaining new Brit Tzedek chapters.

Make your hotel reservation by January 27, 2005 to get the special conference room rates!

Please join us!


Saturday - February 18
5:45 pm   Registration begins
7:00 pm Havadalah and Opening Remarks
Rabbi Roberto Graetz, Rabbi of Temple Isaiah
Marcia Freedman, President, Brit Tzedek v'Shalom and former Member of Knesset

Opening Plenary
"The Israeli and Palestinian Elections: Negotiating National Identities"
Stephen P. Cohen, President, Institute for Middle East Peace and Development and National Scholar for Israel Policy Forum

Amjad Atallah, founder and President of Strategic Assessments Initiative and consultant to Palestinian Peace Coalition and Palestinian Political Leaders
Sunday - February 19
9:00 - 10:00 am Morning Plenary
From The Ground Up: Building an American Jewish Mideast Peace Movement
Diane Balser, CEO, Brit Tzedek v'Shalom
10:15 - 11:30 am Workshop Session I
11:45 am - 1:00 pm Workshop Session II
1:15 - 2:45 pm Lunch
3:00 - 4:15 pm Workshop Session III
4:30 - 6:00 pm Closing Roundtable
How Can the US Bring the Parties Back to the NegotiatingTable?
Stephen Zunes
, Professor of Politics and Chair of Peace and Justice Studies, University of San Francisco
Omar Dajani
, Professor of Law at the University of the Pacific
Marcia Freedman, President, Brit Tzedek v'Shalom and former Member of Knesset


Workshop Session I
Sunday, February 19, 10:15 - 11:30 am
What Is Happening Today in Congress and the Administration
Rob Levy
 Description  Levy Bio
Talking about the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict in Jewish Congregations: A Roundtable Discussion
Rabbis Roberto Graetz,  George Gittleman, and Joshua Levine Grater

Graetz Bio
Grater Bio

Maps Matter: Water and the Environment in Relation to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Jeff Albert
Description  Albert Bio
Developing a Pro-Peace Message in the Media
Pam Burdman* and Jessica Rosenblum
Description Rosenblum Bio
Palestinian Perspectives on Prospects for Peace
Omar Dajani, Beshara Doumani,* and Amjad Atallah
Description Dajani Bio
Atallah Bio
Workshop Session II
Sunday, February 19, 11:45 am - 1:00 pm
Creating a Successful Advocacy Campaign: Bringing a Pro-Israel, Pro-Peace Message to Congress
Diane Balser and Rob Levy
Description Balser Bio
Levy Bio
At the Dawn of a New Era: Israel, Palestine and Their Interdependent Futures
Marcia Freedman
Description Freedman Bio
Jewish Intra-Organizational Relations: Guides for Navigation and Civil Discourse
Jessica Rosenblum
Description Rosenblum Bio
Promised Land or Occupied Territory: The Role of the Bible in the Political Debate in Israel
Rachel Biale
 Description  Biale Bio
The Role of Civil Society in Track Two Diplomacy as the Necessary Partner to Official Diplomacy
Stephen P. Cohen
Description Cohen Bio
Workshop Session III
Sunday, February 19, 3:00 - 4:15 pm
Advocacy and Activism in City Councils and Local Political Parties
Rainer Waldman Adkins and Mayor Ruth Atkin
  Adkins Bio
How You Can Create a Brit Tzedek Presence in Your Jewish Community: Starting and Maintaining a Chapter
Carinne Luck
Description Luck Bio
Assessing the Impact of Israeli Elections on the Conflict Description  
The US Role in the Peace Process and the Israeli Role in US Middle East Policy: Is America Really "Pro-Israel"?
Stephen Zunes
Description Zunes Bio
From the Other Side of the Negotiating Table: A Palestinian Perspective on Recent Developments
Omar Dajani, Beshara Doumani,* and Amjad Atallah
Description Dajani Bio
Atallah Bio

* Invited

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