Grassroots Leadership Training Institute &
National Advocacy Days 2007

June 16-19, 2007     Washington, DC

2 Weeks Left: Register Now!

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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


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: We have a number of home-stay options available. Contact 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 by May 25.

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


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

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
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


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
Cannon Caucus Room (Rm 345), Cannon House Office Building

  • Diane Balser, Advocacy Chair, Brit Tzedek v'Shalom
  • Rob Levy, Washington Representative, Brit Tzedek v'Shalom
    • 9:30 - 12:30pm

      Policy Briefing Sessions
      Cannon Caucus Room (Rm 345), Cannon House Office Building


    • Reva Price, Senior Advisor to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (CA)
    • Joel Rubin, Foreign Policy Advisor for Sen. Frank Lautenberg (NJ)
    • Ambassador David Welch, Assistant Secretary for Near East Affairs, U.S. State Department* 
      • *invited
        Continental Breakfast will be provided
        12:30 - 1:30pm Lunch
        1:30 - 5:00pm

        National Advocacy Training Sessions

      • 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
          Rayburn Foyer (2nd Floor), Rayburn House Office Building

          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
          • Sen. Richard Lugar (IN)*
          • Sen. Diane Feinstein (CA) *
          • *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.

              2 Weeks Left: Register Now!

              Two Job Openings at Brit Tzedek v’Shalom

              • Office Manager, Chicago office.  To read the job announcement, click here
              • Manager, Chapter Development, New York or Washington, DC office, to read the job announcement, click here

              New Middle East Bulletin
              After three years, Brit Tzedek has decided to end its daily News Digest. We want to  encourage you to subscribe to a new Middle East Bulletin developed by several of our allies. The Bulletin, a three-times-a-week review of developments pertaining to the Arab-Israeli conflict, is a publication of Middle East Progress at the Center for American Progress. Please click here for the Middle East Progress website and click here to sign up to receive it.

              Correction: Volunteer Opportunities

              We regret the error in last week's message.  Correct information about volunteer opportunities is printed below.

              Volunteer Opportunities

              Breaking the Silence is seeking volunteers, especially with skills in database management, research and writing.  Please contact Mikhael Manekin for more information.   

              The Shuafat Refugee Camp Women's Center in Jerusalem is seeking, especially with skills in public relations, lobbying, writing, research and domestic violence or drug counseling. Please contact Jihad Abu Zneid for more information.

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