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[BTvS - NYC] Meet the President: Marcia Freedman of Brit Tzedek v'Shalom, Oct 23rd @ 7:15 pm

of Brit Tzedek v'Shalom: The Jewish Alliance for Justice and


Share an intimate discussion with one of the principal founders
of Brit Tzedek, a former Israeli MK and a founder of the Israeli
feminist movement. We look forward to your participation as we
consider the prospects for resolving the Israeli-Palestinian
conflict and Brit Tzedek's role in moving the American Jewish
Community and the US Government towards this goal. Light
refreshments will be served.

**RSVP to nyc@btvshalom.org by October 23rd.**

October 23rd, 2006, 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm
at Beit Shalom, 114 W. 26th Street, between 6/7 Aves, 10th


Marcia Freedman, President of Brit Tzedek v'Shalom, was one of
the founders and leaders of the feminist movement in Israel in
the early seventies. In 1973 she was elected to the Knesset and
served through 1977. A rare spokesperson for women's issues in
the Knesset, Ms. Freedman raised concerns that had never been
publicly discussed in Israel, such as domestic violence, breast
cancer, rape, incest, and teenage prostitution. She introduced
legislation that led to reform of Israel's then highly
restrictive abortion law. In 1977 she co-founded the Women's
Party. She also was an active member of the Israeli peace
movement, and helped to pioneer a network of services for women,
including Israel's first shelter for battered women in Haifa.

Ms. Freedman currently divides her time between Berkeley and
Jerusalem. In Israel, she 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 also 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 immediate
past president of the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival.

She is the author of an acclaimed memoir, Exile in the Promised
Land, and numerous articles and reviews.

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