The debate about the Israeli-Palestinian
conflict is shifting in Washington, DC.

From June 16-19, join Brit Tzedek in DC
and be a part of the change.

Register Now for Grassroots Leadership Training Institute &
 National Advocacy Days 2007!
https://secure.btvshalom.org/DCreg_2007.shtml

Diplomacy is on the move.  A bipartisan delegation of U.S. Representatives, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, travels to Syria to discuss Israeli-Syrian peace.

Pro-Israel, pro-peace legislation finds new support.  Rep. Susan Davis (CA) introduces a resolution calling on President Bush to appoint an envoy for Middle East peace.  Among its early cosponsors are 4 Jewish Members and 3 freshmen.

Mainstream media awakens to the dangers of political neglect.  Nicholas Kristof, NYTimes columnist, writes,  There is no serious political debate among either Democrats or Republicans about our policy toward Israelis and Palestinians. And that silence harms America, Middle East peace prospects and Israel itself.”

Brit Tzedek activists have been changing the debate in the Jewish community; now be a part of the change in Washington.

Join Brit Tzedek in DC, June 16-19, for...

 Grassroots Leadership Training Institute &
National Advocacy Days 2007

Register Now!
https://secure.btvshalom.org/DCreg_2007.shtml

Check out the agenda below

This year, Brit Tzedek is excited to offer two opportunities to get involved (with discounts for attending both!):

National Grassroots Leadership Training Institute
(June 16-17, 2007 - Washington, DC)

Brit Tzedek's 2nd Grassroots Leadership Training Institute, Building our Political Movement for Israeli-Palestinian Peace, 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: Communicating the Pro-Israel, Pro-Peace Message; Building Relationships with Jewish Communal Organizations and Synagogues; and From Activists to Advocates: A How-to guide to Home District Advocacy. Join us as we celebrate our growing movement, and strategize for continued success and growth.

National Advocacy Days 2007
(June 17-19, 2007 - Washington, DC)

Brit Tzedek's 3rd Annual National Advocacy Days includes a keynote address on Sunday night, a day of political briefings and trainings on the Hill from policy experts and government officials on Monday, followed by an evening reception with Members of Congress.  On Tuesday, you'll have the opportunity to meet with your own Senators and Representatives and urge them to support pro-Israel, pro-peace legislation!

STAND UP FOR PEACE - REGISTER TODAY!

Registration: The combined registration fee is $100 Regular; $200 Patron; $70 Low-Income. For a single event the fee is $70 Regular; $140 Patron and $40 Low-income. The registration deadline is June 1, 2007. Register today online or by fax or mail. You can contribute both by attending and/or by making a donation to our Scholarship Fund or sponsoring our Congressional Reception.

Lodging: Brit Tzedek has reserved a block of rooms at the Doubletree Hotel Washington, DC for a special rate of $119 per night plus taxes. Make your reservations for the Brit Tzedek group rate by calling (866) 984-6835 or (202) 232-7000. Reservations must be received by May 31.

We have a number of home-stay options available. Contact carinne@btvshalom.org for more information.

For other low-cost lodging available in the vicinity, click here.

Subsidies: A limited pool of stipends is available to subsidize travel and lodging expenses. For more information, please email carinne@btvshalom.org by May 25.

Membership: Participation is limited to members in good standing. Renew your membership or join on-line or by check at http://secure.btvshalom.org, or by phone at 312 341 1205. If you have questions regarding your membership status, contact melissa@btvshalom.org.


Agenda

National Grassroots Leadership Training Institute:
Building our Political Movement for Israeli-Palestinian Peace

Washington Doubletree Hotel
1515 Rhode Island Avenue, NW, Washington, DC
Saturday, June 16
6:00pm Registration Begins
8:00pm

Opening Remarks
"A Year in Brit Tzedek Grassroots Activism"
Carinne Luck, Director of Chapter and Grassroots Development
Opening Plenary:
"Organizing in the American Jewish Community: Unique Challenges and Opportunities"
Panelists include:

Daniel Sieradski, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Jew School, a popular left-wing Jewish weblog, as well as weblogs Radical Torah and Orthodox Anarchist
Hadar Susskind, Washington Director, Jewish Council for Public Affairs
Moderated by Carinne Luck

Sunday, June 17
9:00 - 10:45am Workshop Session I
11:00am - 12:45pm

Workshop Session II

1:00 - 12:30pm 

Lunch (Vegetarian Box Lunch) *Kosher Vegetarian available upon request.

2:30 - 4:15pm

Workshop Session III

4:30 - 6:15pm

Workshop Session IV

8:00pm

Grassroots Leadership Training Institute / National Advocacy Days Joint Plenary Session
Ziad J. Asali, President and founder of the American Task Force on Palestine
Daniel Levy, Senior Fellow and Director of the Middle East Policy Initiative, New America Foundation; lead Israeli drafter of the Geneva Initiative
Mara Rudman, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, national security and foreign policy, with a particular emphasis on the Middle East

National Advocacy Days 2007
Monday, June 18
9:00am - 9:30am Welcome and Overview of Brit Tzedek Advocacy Strategy
  • Diane Balser, Advocacy Chair, Brit Tzedek v'Shalom
  • Rob Levy, Washington Representative, Brit Tzedek v'Shalom
    • 9:30 - 12:30pm

      Policy Briefing Sessions
      Speakers:

    • Joel Rubin, Foreign Policy Advisor for Sen. Frank Lautenberg (NJ)
    • Other key congressional staff and State Department Representative
      • *Continental Breakfast will be provided
        12:30 - 1:30pm Lunch Break
        1:30 - 5:00pm

        National Advocacy Training Sessions
        Presenters:

      • Diane Balser - Advocacy Chair, Brit Tzedek v'Shalom
      • Rob Levy - Washington Representative, Brit Tzedek v'Shalom
      • Steve Masters - Advocacy Co-Chair, Brit Tzedek v'Shalom
        • 5:30 - 7:00pm

          Congressional Reception
          Speakers include:

        • Rep. Lois Capps (CA)
        • Rep. David Price (NC)
        • Rep. Susan Davis (CA)*
          • *invited
            Tuesday, June 19
            9:00 - 10:00am Senate Speaker and Advocacy Send-Off
            Speakers:
          • Sen. Richard Lugar (IN)*
          • *invited
              10:00am - 3:30pm Advocacy meetings with Senators, Representatives, and their Staff
              3:30 - 4:30pm Debriefing and Next Steps: Bringing Advocacy Back to the Grassroots


              Click here for more information.

              Register Now!
              https://secure.btvshalom.org/DCreg_2007.shtml


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