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[BTvS Portland] Meeting Wednesday/ Rabbis for Human Rights visit

Greetings,

1) Brit Tzedek Meeting Nov. 8

2) Rabbis for Human Rights director Arik Ascherman in Portland
Nov. 29

Important Brit Tzedek Meeting

Wednesday, November 8, 7 pm

2405 NE 16th Ave (#8 bus)

1) Currently Portland Brit Tzedek is focusing on two projects:

A) "Meet the 110th Congress."

We will soon be launching this national home district advocacy
campaign. We'll have a report on the telephone conference held
Oct. 29 with national followed by a discussion on how our
Portland chapter can most effectively and systematically carry
out advocacy work with the Oregon congressional delegation.

Brit Tzedek is committed to changing the conversation
surrounding the Israeli/Palestinian conflict on Capitol Hill by
challenging long-held assumptions and urging reconsideration of
unproductive policies, therefore, Congressional advocacy is
among Brit Tzedek's highest priorities. The election of a new
Congress presents us with many new opportunities. Please join us
on Wednesday and help advance this important area of our local
work.

B) Combatants for Peace are coming to Portland on a national
Brit Tzedek tour February 5 & 6. Here's your chance to get in on
the ground floor of planning for this exciting visit. Bring your
ideas of how make the best use of the our visitors' time in
Portland. One of the most rewarding parts of our work is getting
to meet the outstanding individuals from Israel and Palestine
who speak out for peace.

More information on Combatants for Peace at the end of this
email.

* If you can't make it to the meeting but are interested in
participating in visits to congressional representatives or in
working on the Combatants for Peace tour please let us know. You
can reply to this email or see the contact information below.

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2) Rabbi Arik Ascherman, Executive Director of Rabbis for Human
Rights, will speak on "Human Rights, Jewish Values and the
Israeli Palestinian Conflict", Wednesday, November 29 at 7:30
p.m., at Havurah Shalom, 825 NW 18th Ave. There is no charge for
the talk, which is jointly sponsored by Congregations Havurah
Shalom and Shir Tikvah.

Rabbis for Human Rights, founded in 1988, is an organization of
rabbis from all streams of Judaism committed to education,
advocacy, prayer and action in support of the human rights of
all people. Their activities include lobbying for economic
justice in Israel, providing support for Palestinian families
facing home demolition, protecting Palestinian farmers by
joining in the olive and grape harvests, and developing
educational programs and resources on Judaism and human rights,
including the first ever Human Rights Yeshiva. The Niwano Peace
Foundation of Japan awarded Rabbis for Human Rights its 2006
Peace Prize.

Born in Erie, Pennsylvania, Rabbi Ascherman is a graduate of
Harvard University and HUC-JIR, the rabbinical college of Reform
Judaism. He served as Rabbi/Director of UC Davis Hillel and as
Rabbi of Beth Hillel in Richmond, California prior to moving to
Israel in 1994. He has been executive director of Rabbis for
Human Rights since 1998 and, in that role, has been a courageous
and inspiring advocate for the human rights of both Jews and
Palestinians. In commenting on the role of RHR in relation to
the recent conflict, Rabbi Ascherman declares that "We must be a
community of faith and purpose ensuring that the missiles that
rained down on us do not continue to explode in our hearts,
destroying our humanity and our ability to honor the image of
God in all. In a country searching for answers, our community of
faith and purpose must be able to reach as many Israelis as
possible through our educational programs."

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Here's what Combatants for Peace have to say about themselves
and their organization:

We are a group of Israeli and Palestinian individuals who were
actively involved in the cycle of violence in our area. The
Israelis served as combat soldiers in the Israel Defense Forces
and the Palestinians were involved in acts of violence in the
name of Palestinian liberation.

We all used weapons against one another, and looked at each
other only through weapon sights; however today we cooperate and
commit ourselves to the following:

* We no longer believe that the conflict can be resolved through
violence.

* We believe that the blood shed will not end unless we act
together to terminate the occupation and stop all forms of
violence.

* We call for the establishment of a Palestinian State,
alongside the State of Israel. The two states can exist in peace
and security beside each other.

* We will use only non-violent means to achieve our goals and
call for both societies to end violence.

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Portland Brit Tzedek v'Shalom

PO Box 12471

Portland, Oregon 97212

503 249-1957

portland@btvshalom.org

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