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[BTvS - Austin] Rabbis for Human Rights Events Opposing Torture This Weekend at CBI

Brit Tzedek v'Shalom wants to invite you to join our allies at
Rabbis for Human Rights in conjuction with our friends at
Congregation Beth Israel for a series of Special Events on the
issue of Torture

Congregation Beth Israel Social Action Committee

Scholar-In-Residence (November 17 -- 19, 2006)

Jewish Values and Torture

"The torture of prisoners, or issues of what is the appropriate
conduct of soldiers, are issues that should have special
resonance for us as Jews, given our experience in the 20th
century. We have a special obligation to speak on these issues;
if we don't, shame on us."
--Rabbi Eric Yoffie, President, Union for Reform Judaism

Join us for a weekend of worship and study with Rabbi Melissa
Weintraub, Director of Education and Outreach, Rabbis for Human
Rights -- North America

Friday evening services at CBI on November 17, 8pm w/ Rabbi
Weintraub

Saturday evening Havdallah and study session at CBI on November
18, 6-8pm

w/ Rabbi Weintraub

Sunday evening, Interfaith Panel Discussion on Religious Values
and Torture at CBI on November 19, 7-9pm (More details on
panelists below)

Rabbi Weintraub is Director of Education and Organizing at
Rabbis for Human Rights -- North America and the author of a
number of articles addressing torture and Jewish values. A
former Wexner fellow, and graduate of the Jewish Theological
Seminary, Rabbi Weintraub has taught Kabbalah, feminist
theology, human rights in Jewish law, and Jewish philosophy.

"We cry out because the psychological shields of the untouched
majority -- denial (it's not really happening), minimization
(it's not really so bad), justification (it must be done), and
dehumanization (they must deserve it) -- have been used, all too
often, against our people as well." -- Rabbi Melissa Weintraub

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A Panel Discussion,

Religious Values and Torture

Moral Questions for a Changing World

WHAT: A panel discussion followed by a Q&A session. The panel
will consist of religious leaders and lay experts from diverse
faith backgrounds.

WHEN: Sunday, November 19 from 7:00-9:00 pm.

WHERE: Smith Auditorium, Congregation Beth Israel*, 3901 Shoal
Creek Boulevard

WHO: Representatives of the Jewish, Islamic, Buddhist and
Christian communities have been invited. The following panelists
have committed to participate as of November 8, 2006.

Panelists:

Welcome from Rabbi Ben Sternman, Congregation Beth Israel

Moderator -- Rev. Emilee Whitehurst, Executive Director, Austin
Area Interreligious Ministries

Bonnie Tamres-Moore, founder of OpposeTorture.org and a founding
member of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture

Rabbi Melissa Weintraub, Director of Education and Organizing at
Rabbis for Human Rights -- North America and the author of
numerous of articles addressing torture and Jewish values.

Sheikh Umer Mohammed, Imam of North Austin Muslim Community
Center

Rev. Tim Tutt, Immediate past president of the Austin Area
Interreligious Ministries and Pastor of the United Christian
Church of Austin.

John Dinsmore, Austin Zen Center

Rev. Dr. Sid Hall, Minister at Trinity United Methodist Church,
author of Christian Anti-Semitism and Paul's Theology and a
leader in the Reconciling Ministries Network within the United
Methodist Church

Taimour Dagestany, Austin Muslim Community

SPONSORS: the Social Action Committee of Congregation Beth
Israel, OpposeTorture.org, and the National Religious Campaign
Against Torture

The panel discussion is free and open to all members of the
Austin community

For more information on the events listed above, contact Pam
McDonald at pamnwade@sbcglobal.net


The views expressed at this event do not necessarily reflect
those of Congregation Beth Israel or Brit Tzedek v'Shalom
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