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[BTvS-Chicago] January 2007 Newsletter

CHICAGO CHAPTER BRIT TZEDEK V'SHALOM
JANUARY 2007

--- CALENDAR ---
COMBATANTS FOR PEACE
Speakers: Sulaiman Al Hamri and Elik Elhanan, former Combatants,
and the Palestinian and Israeli coordinators for Combatants for
Peace.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 25, 7:30pm
At Beth Emet, 1224 Dempster, Evanston (corner of Dempster and
Asbury).
Sponsored by Chicago Chapter of Brit Tzedek v'Shalom
Co-sponsored by Beth Emet the Free Synagogue, Jewish
Reconstructionist Congregation (Evanston), Congregation Hakafa
(Glencoe), Lakeside Congregation (Highland Park) and North Shore
Coalition for Peace and Justice. For more information or to
volunteer to help, please contact Aliza@btvshalom.org or
312-341-1205

FRIDAY, JANUARY 26, 7:00PM
At Beit Iksa Association Center (lower level), 6000 W. 79th
Street, Burbank, IL
Sponsored by: Chicago Chapter of Brit Tzedek v'Shalom
Co-sponsored by Palestinian American Women's Society, Beit Iksa
Association, Lifta Association, Mosque Foundation Bridgeview,
and National Arab American Journalists Association (NAAJA). For
more information contact Saffiya Shillo at smshillo@yahoo.com or
(312) 341-1205.

About the Speakers:
Elik Elhanan is the Israeli coordinator of Combatants for Peace.
From 1995 to 1998 he served as a soldier in an IDF combat unit.
In 997, his sister was killed by a Palestinian suicide bombing
in Jerusalem. "I have seen the damage the violence can cause,"
he says, "and I decided not to take part in that cycle anymore."

Sulaiman Al Hamri is the Palestinian coordinator for Combatants
for Peace. He spent four and a half years in Israeli prisons for
his involvement in anti-occupation protests and demonstrations,
before deciding to pursue a non-violent approach to resolving
the conflict.

The "COMBATANTS FOR PEACE" movement was started by Palestinians
and Israelis who had taken part in the cycle of violence between
the two peoples. After brandishing weapons for so many years,
these former combatants decided to put down their guns and
instead fight for peace. For more information see
www.combatantsforpeace.org
Also, a very interesting/informative 8 minute video depicting
the initial meeting of CFP on utube can be viewed at:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7slqdEB9Op

CHICAGO CHAPTER CHANUKAH PARTY DECEMBER 21, 2006
As reported by Robinn Steiner Williams and Elliot Zashin
About 20 members and friends gathered at Aliza Becker's home for
a Chanukah party on the 7th night of Chanukah. We lit candles,
sang songs, ate and talked. There were old-timers and some new
faces (to some of us). The food was great, especially the
latkes. Aliza did a great job with them (thank you Aliza). We
sang Chanukah songs led by Cantor Michael Davis and Laurie
Sucher. And of course we also talked about Middle-East
developments and other political matters for quite a while.

It was a very enjoyable evening, a chance to share thoughts with
people who share a general perspective and desire for peace

*** JOIN BRIT TZEDEK IN WASHINGTON D.C. JUNE 9-12, 2007 ***
*** SAVE THE DATES ***
JUNE 9-10, BRIT TZEDEK'S 2ND GRASSROOTS LEADERSHIP TRAINING
INSTITUTE -- "Building our Political Movement for
Israeli-Palestinian Peace" will take place the evening of
Saturday, June 9 and all day Sunday, June 10, in downtown,
Washington, DC. The Institute will bring hundreds of activists
together from across the U.S. for an evening plenary and day of
intensive workshops, trainings and networking opportunities on
topics such as: Building a successful chapter in your city;
Creating a Brit Tzedek presence in your local media, and
Bringing a pro-Israel, pro-peace message to your synagogues and
organized Jewish community. Join us as we celebrate our growing
movement, and strategize for continued success and growth.

JUNE 10-12, NATIONAL ADVOCACY DAYS 2007 -- Brit Tzedek's 3rd
Annual National Advocacy Days begin on Monday, June 11, with a
day of political briefings and trainings on the Hill from policy
experts and government officials, followed by an evening
reception with Members of Congress. On Tuesday, June 12, you'll
have the opportunity to meet with your own Senators and
Representatives and urge them to support our pro-Israel,
pro-peace message!

Registration will be available for each event separately or for
both events at a discounted price. More details coming soon!

--- NON-BRIT TZEDEK EVENTS OF INTEREST ---
FRIDAY-SATURDAY JANUARY 12-13, 2007
"Being the Hands of God: Jewish Justice at a Time of Crisis and
Opportunity" featuring Scholar-in-Residence Rabbi David
Saperstein, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform
Judaism. Presented by Na'aseh, Anshe Emet's Social Justice
Program in conjunction with the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs.
At Anshe Emet Synagogue, 3751 N. Broadway.
For more information see
http://ansheemet.org/Programs/Naaseh.htm or contact Andi Gutnik
at agutnik@AnsheEmet.org or call 773-868-5119

WEDNESDAY JANUARY 24, 7:30pm
Rami Khouri "A View from the Arab Street: Reflections on US
Policy in the Middle East." Rami Khouri is editor-at-large of
the Beirut newspaper the Daily Star. He is also the director of
the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International
Affairs at the American University in Beirut. At North Park
University, Anderson Chapel, Foster and Spaulding, Chicago.

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betsywfuchs@yahoo.com by January 26, 2007.
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