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[BTvS-Boston] Nov/Dec/Jan Events

1) Wed. 12/13 - Leonard Fein to speak at Temple Shalom (West
Newton) 7 pm.

2) Thurs. 1/11 - Marcia Freedman, Brit Tzedek National President
to speak at Congregation Dorshei Tzedek (Newton) 7:30 pm.

3) Non-Brit Tzedek Community Event of Interest:
CJP Community Forums (First one: TOMORROW: Tues 11/28, Temple
Israel, Boston) (Others: 11/29 Temple Beth Am, Framingham; 12/5,
Striar JCC, Stoughton; 12/6 Harvard Hillel, Cambridge)


1) Talk by Leonard Fein

What Now? Candid Thoughts on the Middle East
Join longtime Jewish teacher, writer, analyst and activist
Leonard Fein who will share his thinking on questions such as:
For those who care deeply about Israel , what are the
implications of recent events? How do we understand Israel's
actions in Lebanon and Gaza? What is the status of democracy in
Israel? What actions are open to U.S. Jews who wish to see
Israel thrive and believe efforts to achieve a negotiated two
state solution are the most hopeful course?

Wed. December 13
7-9 pm (Doors open 6:30 pm)
Temple Shalom
175 Temple Street, West Newton
For directions:

Sponsored by Brit Tzedek v'Shalom. Co-sponsored by the Jewish
Community Relations Council.

Leonard Fein's contributions to American Jewish life over the
last 3-4 decades have been so wide ranging and fundamental that
it is hard to imagine contemporary Jewish life without him. He
is the founder of Moment Magazine, Mazon: A Jewish Response to
Hunger, and the National Jewish Coalition for Literacy. His
writing has covered a broad range of Jewish subjects and he
currently authors a syndicated Op Ed column for the Forward.

He has been an advisor to many including universities, Jewish
organizations, and presidential and congressional campaigns. He
has received a host of honors for his significant and original

Join us to hear his honest and provocative commentary on the
current situation in the Mideast and the challenges for American


2) Talk by Marcia Freedman, President of Brit Tzedek v'Shalom

"Prospects for Peace in the Middle East: The Role of American

Thursday, January 11
7:30 pm
Congregation Dorshei Tzedek
60 Highland Street, Newton
For directions: http://www.dorsheitzedek.org/directions.htm

Marcia Freedman, National President of Brit Tzedek v'Shalom, and
former member of Knesset, will address what opportunities exist
at the present time to move the peace process forward, and what
stands in its way. What can we, the American Jewish community,
do to secure greater engagement by our government in brokering a
peace between Israel, the Palestinians, Syria and Lebanon?

Marcia Freedman is the national president of Brit Tzedek
v'Shalom, the Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace, the largest
American Jewish grassroots organization advocating for the
resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through a
negotiated two-state solution. Freedman, born in New Jersey,
emigrated to Israel in 1967 and served in the Knesset from
1973?1977. She is the author of Exile in the Promised Land, a
memoir, and numerous articles and reviews. She currently makes
her home in Berkeley, CA.


3) Non-Brit Tzedek Community Event of Interest

CJP Community Forums

This fall, Combined Jewish Philanthropies is beginning a
strategic planning process to look at our community's Jewish
future. The goals for "Jewish Boston 2020" are to identify the
top priorities of the Greater Boston Jewish Community and to
determine how CJP can best meet those priorities. They are
starting with a process of gathering input from the community.

As part of this, CJP is holding four community forums in
November and December to discuss the community's needs, explore
its future, and discuss CJP's role in building that future.
Questions to be addressed include:

* What are the top priorities for the Greater Boston Jewish
* What are our greatest threats and opportunities?
* What new infrastructure, programs and services are needed?
* How do we continue to foster Jewish identity and community
* What should our relationship be with the global Jewish

The forums will be held across the community and community
participation is solicited:

* November 28, 7:00 p.m. Temple Israel, Boston
* November 29, 7:00 p.m. Temple Beth Am, Framingham
* December 5, 7:00 p.m. Striar JCC, Stoughton
* December 6, 7:00 p.m. Harvard Hillel, Cambridge

Registration is requested online at
www.cjp.org/strategicplanning but is not required.


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