Grassroots Leadership Training Institute &
National Advocacy Days 2007

June 16-19, 2007     Washington, DC

3 Weeks Left: Register Now!

Two Brit Tzedek events you don't want to miss: 

Grassroots Leadership Training Institute (June 16-17)

  • Workshops on building your chapter and empowering new leaders, dealing with the media, using campaigns as organizing tools, and communicating the pro-Israel, pro-peace message.
  • Plenary session on organizing in the Jewish community from activists working within and beyond mainstream Jewish institutions.
  • Opportunities to network with other Brit Tzedek activists from around the country.
  • Joint keynote address with National Advocacy Days (see below).

National Advocacy Days (June 17-19)

  • Congressional reception with speakers Rep. Lois Capps (CA), Rep. David Price (NC), and Rep. Susan Davis (CA)*.
  • Keynote address on recent Arab-Israeli peace developments from Mideast experts Daniel Levy, Mara Rudman, and Ziad Asali.
  • Personal meetings with your Senators and Representatives.
  • Policy briefings by senior Congressional staff and State Department representatives.
  • In-depth training on delivering the pro-Israel, pro-peace message to your elected officials.

Check out the complete agenda below

STAND UP FOR PEACE - 3 WEEKS LEFT: 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
Debbie Stillman, Assoc. Director of Operations, Washington DC; National Council of Jewish Women
Moderated by Carinne Luck

Sunday, June 17
9:00 - 10:45am Workshop Session I (Click here for detailed workshop descriptions)
11:00am - 12:45pm

Workshop Session II

1:00 - 2:30pm 

Lunch (Vegetarian Box Lunch) *Kosher Vegetarian available upon request.
"Relationship Building: A Core to Effective Activism"
Cherie Brown, Chair, Chapter Development Committee

2:30 - 4:15pm

Workshop Session III

4:30 - 6:15pm

Workshop Session IV

National Advocacy Days 2007
Sunday, June 17
8:00pm
Keynote Address:
"The Call for a Diplomatic 'Surge': New Developments In Arab-Israeli Peacemaking and the Role of the US"
Washington Doubletree Hotel, 1515 Rhode Island Avenue, NW Washington, DC


Speakers:

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


Co-hosted by the Washington DC chapter of Brit Tzedek
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:

    • Reva Price, Senior Advisor to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (CA)
    • Joel Rubin, Foreign Policy Advisor for Sen. Frank Lautenberg (NJ)
    • State Department Representative
      • *Continental Breakfast will be provided
        12:30 - 1:30pm Lunch
        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 to view complete conference information on Brit Tzedek's website.

              3 Weeks Left: Register Now!
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