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[BTvS-General] REVISED BALLOT: Brit Tzedek Board Elections

REVISED BALLOT: Brit Tzedek Board Elections

Dear Member,

Please vote for Brit Tzedek's Board of Directors 2006-2007.
Simply fill in
the ballot and reply to this message.

An incumbent was inadvertently listed as a candidate on the
previously sent out. All votes will be counted from the first
However, you do have the option of re-voting and your original
vote will be

Brit Tzedek's board of directors is elected through a single
slate system.
A nominating committee of board members and activists
recommended the list
of candidates on the ballot printed below. 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.


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


____ I support the entire slate.

____ I wish to vote for the following individual candidates
(Choose up to 7):


____ Rainer Waldman Adkins (Seattle, WA) (I)

____ Jan Jaben-Eilon (Atlanta, GA)

____ Gil Kulick (New York, NY) (I)

____ Alison Pepper (New York, NY) (I)

____ Sue Swartz (Bloomington, IN)

____ Beth Wasserman (Somerville, MA)

____ Rabbi Scott B. Weiner (New York, NY)


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.


RAINER WALDMAN ADKINS is an artist, educator, Seattle native,
and 20-year activist for Israeli-Palestinian peace. As Greater
Seattle chapter chair, Rainer has been a leader in intra-Jewish
dialogue, and successfully pushed for a Washington Democratic
Party platform reflecting Brit Tzedek's perspective. His
advocacy leadership has resulted in half the Washington
congressional delegation frequently taking positions supportive
of Brit Tzedek. Rainer was a founder of Pursue the Peace, a
similar Seattle Jewish peace organization that predated Brit
Tzedek. He is a member of Congregation Beth Shalom, a
pluralistic Conservative synagogue.

JAN JABEN-EILON serves as co-chair of the Atlanta Chapter of
Brit Tzedek, as well as co-chair of the Public Information
Committee. She was born into a very Zionist family. After
establishing herself in her journalism field, she left a job as
international editor of a major publication to make aliyah. She
subsequently married an Israeli. They have a home in Jerusalem
and return there at least twice a year. Since Jan came back to
the States, her focus is still Israel: she is working on several
writing projects about Israel and she is employed part-time in
the Jewish community, helping young American Jews get to Israel.

GIL KULICK was present at the creation of Brit Tzedek in 2002
and has served on the Board and its Policy Advisory Committee
since 2003. His experience with Israel began with study at the
Hebrew University, and includes two years as Israel desk officer
at the State Department and three years as Deputy Chief of the
Political Section at the U.S Embassy in Tel Aviv. During the
momentous years between the first Camp David summit and Israel's
withdrawal from Sinai and its invasion of Lebanon, Gil -- who
speaks Hebrew fluently -- was a regular kibitzer in the Knesset
Members' Dining Room and was the Embassy's West Bank settlements
monitor. He also wrote speeches about the Middle East and other
subjects for Secretary of State George Shultz. For four years,
Gil served as Director of Communications of the New Israel Fund
and is a member of the American Jewish Press Association and a
former member of the Board of Overseers of the American Friends
of the Hebrew University. He currently works as a communications

ALISON PEPPER serves on Brit Tzedek's Executive Committee and is
chair of Fundraising Committee. She created the "Inside Brit
Tzedek" newsletter and serves as its editor. Alison has a
life-long commitment to peace and justice in Israel/Palestine.
She lived in Israel for 10 years during the 1970's and is a
founding member of Kibbutz Ketura. Alison is an active member of
Congregation B'nai Jeshurun in New York City. Professionally,
she is the director of early childhood accreditation for the
Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies.

SUE SWARTZ is co-founder of the Bloomington, Indiana chapter &
has been its chair since 2004. A community and labor activist
for 30 years, Sue presently teaches part-time at Indiana
University and consults on diversity issues. She has served on
the Board of Congregation Beth Shalom since 1996 and is a leader
in its Jewish renewal minyan. As a partner, step-parent,
published poet and midrash maker, she believes in the power of
words to inspire action, and the power of action to transform
the world.

BETH WASSERMAN is community liaison of the Boston chapter of
Brit Tzedek and recent past chair of the chapter. She has been a
leader on local advocacy work, coordinating city council
resolution efforts and home district lobbying. She currently
represents Brit Tzedek on the board of the Jewish Community
Relations Council (JCRC) of Greater Boston and sits on the
JCRC's Israel Strategy Group. Committed to providing space for
open dialogue on Israel, Beth helped coordinate an Israel
discussion group for young adults in the Boston area. Beth works
as an environmental engineer in Boston and lives in Somerville.

SCOTT B. WEINER currently serves as Rabbi of the Hebrew
Tabernacle Congregation, in New York City this year celebrating
its centennial. Rabbi Weiner was raised in the Reform Movement
and was active in NFTY, the Reform youth movement which first
brought him to Israel as a teenager. Before attending the
seminary, he was the Assistant Director of NFTY and its youth
leadership camp. In those roles, Scott was responsible for
Zionist education programs as well as sending thousands of kids
each summer to Israel. Scott has twice lived and studied for
extended periods in Israel, both at Haifa University and Hebrew
Union College as well as having been a resident/volunteer on
Kibbutz Ramat Rachel. While at Haifa University, Scott met
Limor, now his wife.


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 Fink Gefen (Berkeley, CA)
7) Ivan Handler (Chicago, IL)
8) Steve Masters (Philadelphia, PA)
9) David Matz (Boston, MA)
10) Donna Spiegelman (Boston, MA)

Board Members with terms thru June '08:
1) Allan Abrams (Prairie Village, KS)
2) Marcia Freedman (Berkeley, CA)
3) Molly Freeman (Berkeley, CA)
4) Rabbi Joshua Levine-Grater (Pasadena, CA)
5) Roger Kahn (Denver, CO)
6) Jennifer Klein (Boston, MA)
7) Sidney Topol (Boston, MA)
8) Lara Weitzman (New York, NY)

Brit Tzedek v'Shalom, The Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace
11 E. Adams Street, Suite 707
Chicago, IL 60603
Phone: (312) 341-1205
Fax: (312) 341-1206

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