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[BTvS - Chicago] November 2006 Newsletter

CHICAGO CHAPTER BRIT TZEDEK V'SHALOM
NOVEMBER 2006

--- CALENDAR ---
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 5
5:00pm DINNER WITH BRIT TZEDEK ADVOCAY LEADER STEVE MASTERS
Join chapter members for dinner with Steve Masters, currently a
national spokesperson and board member of Brit Tzedek v'Shalom
and also National Co-Chair of Advocacy. This is a good
opportunity to ask any questions about Brit Tzedek policy, U.S.
administration and congressional positions on the conflict, etc.
We will meet at Max's Deli & Restaurant, 191 Skokie Valley Rd
(just south of Lake Cook Rd. by Skokie Blvd in Crossroads
Shopping Mall), Highland Park (847) 831-0600. Please RSVP to
Aliza@btvshalom.org if you plan to join us for dinner. A bio of
Steve Masters is below.

7:00pm PEACE ACTIVIST STORIES WITH STEVE MASTERS AND SAFFYIA
SHILLO
A short memorial service for former Israeli Prime Minister
Yitzhak Rabin followed by "Peace Activist Stories: An American
Jew and Palestinian Share their Perspectives on the
Israeli-Palestinian Situation." A presentation by Steve Masters
(see bio below) and Saffiya Shillo, Board Member, American Task
Force on Palestine (www.americantaskforce.com). This is unique
opportunity to hear Brit Tzedek national leader Steve Masters
and Chicago-based Palestinian activist Saffiya Shillo.
Co-sponsored by Brit Tzedek v'Shalom, Chicago Chapter. At
Lakeside Congregation for Reform Judaism, 1221 County Line Road,
Highland Park, Illinois (one block east of the Lake Cook exit
off Route 41).
Instructions:
http://www.lakesidecongregation.org/aboutus/directions/

SAFFIYA SHILLO BIO:
Saffiya Shillo is a longtime American Palestinian community
activist. She presently serves on the board of the American Task
Force on Palestine (americantaskforce.org) the Palestinian
American Women's Society and Arab American Family Services (a
social service agency serving the Chicago area's Arab and Muslim
community, of which the majority is Palestinian). Shillo
previously worked as Director of Ethnic Affairs for the State of
Illinois' Office of Lieutenant Governor and prior to that was
Director of the Arab American Institute's Chicago office. She is
very involved in Jewish/Israeli-Palestinian dialogue in the
Chicago area and has given presentations at area synagogues and
Hillels. Shillo currently works as a domestic violence/sexual
assault counselor in Chicago's Arab community.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 7:30pm
Join chapter members for dinner with Donna Spiegelman, one of
the founders of Brit Tzedek v'Shalom, chair of the Boston
Chapter, and chair of Brit Tzedek's Membership and Outreach
Committee. At Siam Pasta, 7416 N. Western Ave., Chicago, (773)
274-0579. Please RSVP to emzashin@hotmail.com.

STEVE MASTERS BIO:
Steve Masters has been active in the Jewish community for many
years. In 1990 Steve co-produced the first Israeli film festival
in Philadelphia and later that year co-founded the Shalom
Coalition, the Philadelphia progressive Jewish response to the
Gulf War. From 1991 to 1993, he was Associate Director of the
Jewish Peace Lobby in Silver Spring Maryland. From 1995 to the
present he has served as a Vice President of the Philadelphia
metropolitan area Jewish Labor Committee and for seven years
represented JLC on the Philadelphia Jewish Community Relations
Council board. In 2004 Steve was selected to his second two year
term on the JCRC Policy Board and is also a featured speaker for
the Philadelphia Jewish Community Relations Council on topics
relating to Israel. Steve has also served as an officer and
commission chair of the regional chapter of American Jewish
Congress and is a former board member of his synagogue Mishkan
Shalom in Oxborough. In 2000 Steve became a staff attorney to
the Philadelphia City Council, where he currently drafts
legislation and researches policy issues in the Council's
Technical Services Unit. Previously, he was an attorney with a
law firm that served unions, consumers, and disabled persons.
Steve earned his B.A. in Political Science from Yale University
in 1981 and a J.D. from Boston University School of Law 1986.

DONNA SPIEGELMAN BIO:
Donna Spiegelman has served as Chair of Brit Tzedek's Membership
and Outreach Committee since 2003 and sits on the Executive
Committee of Brit Tzedek's Board of Directors. She is also Chair
of the Boston Chapter which is one of the organizations largest
and most active, with 3100 supporters. The Boston chapter has
vigorous media, advocacy, event planning, and synagogue outreach
committees. They have met with all 10 MA congressmen and/or
their aides, as well as the aides of the two MA senators. They
have two chapter spokespeople, who are regularly called for
comment by the Boston Globe and the Boston Jewish Advocate.
Local rabbis affiliated with the chapter are in the process of
forming a local rabbinic cabinet, to complement the national
rabbinic cabinet. Donna is a Professor of Epidemiologic Methods
at the Harvard School of Public Health, and lives with her
partner and two daughters in Cambridge, MA.

COMING IN JANUARY 2007
Brit Tzedek brings Combatants for Peace to Chicago. Combatants
for Peace is a group of Israeli and Palestinian individuals who
were actively involved as combatants in the cycle of violence.
Today, these former combatants have committed to act together to
terminate the occupation and stop all forms of violence.
Website: www.combatantsforpeace.org

--- NON-BRIT TZEDEK EVENTS OF INTEREST ---
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 3 - THURSDAY NOVEMBER 9
Film "Encounter Point" produced by Just Vision is a documentary
about the everyday leaders who refuse to sit back as the
Israeli-Palestinian conflict escalates. Director Ronit Avni and
film subjects Ali Abu Awwad and Robi Damelin will be at the
November 9th screening. Just Vision increases awareness about
Palestinian and Israeli non-violent, civilian-led efforts to
build a base for peace in the Middle East. Website:
www.justvision.org . At Regal Lincolnshire 20 Cinemas, 300
Parkway Drive, Lincolnshire, 847-229-9100. The film will screen
several times daily. Please check local listings.

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 3, 3:00 PM
"Alternatives to Wars in the Middle East" A panel discussion by
Yonatan Shapira and Bassam Aramim of Combatants for Peace.
Shapira is a former Captain in the Israeli Air Force Reserves.
In 2003, Shapira initiated a group of Israeli Air Force pilots
who refused to fly attack missions on Palestinian territories.
Aramim is a former member of Fatah who served a 7-year prison
sentence after being arrested in Hebron when he was 17 years
old. At McCormick Lounge, Coffey Hall, 1015 Sheridan Rd at the
Lake, Loyola University Chicago. Sponsored by Loyola University
Chicago departments of Sociology, Political Science, Philosophy,
Theology and Peace Studies.

SATURDAY, NOV. 4, 7:45PM and WEDNESDAY NOV. 8, 8:00PM
Film "Out of Place: Memories of Edward Said." Edward Said,
Palestinian-born intellectual, died three years ago and this
film is both a reminiscence of Said and a chronicle of hopes for
his mission. W.J.T. Mitchell, Professor of English and Art
History at the University of and Farouk Mustafa, the Ibn Rushd
Professorial Lecturer in Modern Arabic at the University of
Chicago, will lead a discussion after the Saturday screening. At
Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State Street, Chicago. For
ticket information and directions see:
http://www.artic.edu/webspaces/siskelfilmcenter/

SATURDAY, NOV. 11, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Rashid Khalidi: "The Palestinian Struggle for Statehood."
Khalidi is head of the Middle East Institute and Edward Said
Chair of Arab Studies at Columbia University and will discuss
themes from his new book, "The Iron Cage: The Story of the
Palestinian Struggle for Statehood." At Northwestern University
School of Law, Thorne Auditorium, 375 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago.
Tickets $5.00. For information:
http://www.chfestival.org/fest2006/index.cfm?fa=home.program&id=1332&sec=adult

SUNDAY, NOV 12, 2:00PM
Documentary Film Screening "Breaking the Silence" and talk by
two former IDF soldiers.
At Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake Street, Oak Park. Sponsored
by the Committee for a Just Peace in Israel and Palestine. For
information: www.cjpip.org e-mail: JustPeace1@aol.com or phone
312/427-2533x18

SUNDAY, NOV. 12, 6:00 PM
Dinner and Speaker Mark Johnson: "Israel-Palestine: The Case of
Moderate Voices for Progress." Mark has spent the past four
years with the YMCA of the USA, helping to create the Alliance
for Middle East Peace (ALLMEP), a coalition of 27 NGOs doing
conflict transformation work in Israel/Palestine. Mark is also a
member of the Chicago Chapter of the Fellowship of
Reconciliation. The dinner presentation will include a 16 minute
documentary on the ALLMEP program. At A La Turka Restaurant,
3134 N. Lincoln Ave. Chicago. $20 per person. Sponsored by The
Chicago Tikkun Community. For information: www.tikkunchicago.org
or email: bcup@rcn.com

Newsletter Editor: Betsy Fuchs. Send submissions to
betsywfuchs@yahoo.com
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