Grassroots Leadership Training Institute & National Advocacy Days
June 21-24, 2008

Join us in Washington to build our movement and spread our message during this critical election year.

With a new administration and Congress on the horizon, we need your strong support for the peace process on Capitol Hill this coming June. Our advocacy last year resulted in more than one-third of the Senate signing onto the pro-peace Feinstein-Lugar resolution (a five-fold increase in support since 2003) and enabled Brit Tzedek to rally substantive House support for the recent Annapolis peace conference.  Help us to build on our momentum as we bolster the political will of the present Congress. Help us maintain the momentum to enable the next administration to move Israeli-Palestinian peace to the top of the agenda. Come join us in Washington, DC June 21-24.

Registration Form * Agenda * Lodging * Scholarships

Donate to the Marcia Freedman Advocacy Days Scholarship Fund to subsidize travel costs and fees for students and other low-income participants.

Sponsor Brit Tzedek’s Congressional Reception on Capitol Hill. Past attendees have included Reps. Earl Blumenauer (OR), Lois Capps (CA), Susan Davis (CA), Barney Frank (MA), Betty McCollum (MN), Jim Moran (VA), Jerry Nadler (NY), David Price (NC), and Jan Schakowsky (IL).

Brit Tzedek is excited to offer two conferences (with discounts for attending both!):

National Grassroots Leadership Training Institute (June 21-22- Washington, DC)
Four Points by Sheraton Hotel, 1201 K Street, N.W. Washington, DC

Brit Tzedek's 3rd Grassroots Leadership Training Institute will bring hundreds of activists together from across the U.S. for an evening networking session and conversation and a full day of intensive workshops and trainings for existing leadership and emerging leadership alike. Topics include: Organizing in the Jewish Community, Intensive Strategic Planning, Home District Advocacy Strategies, and How to Raise Brit Tzedek’s Voice in the Media. Join us as we celebrate our growing movement, and strategize for continued success and growth. Register Now!

National Advocacy Days 2008
(June 22-24 - Washington, DC)

Brit Tzedek's 4th Annual National Advocacy Days includes a chance to rub shoulders with one of the foremost Mideast peace experts, in-depth training on talking to your elected officials and an evening reception with members of Congress and staff. On Tuesday, you'll meet with your own Senators, Representatives and their staffers to urge them to support pro-Israel, pro-peace legislation!

Registration and Fees: We offer low-income, standard and patron rates for one or both events. View our rates. The registration deadline is June 1, 2007. Register online, or via fax or mail.

Lodging: Brit Tzedek has reserved a block of rooms at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel,  1201 K Street N.W.,  Washington, DC, for a special rate of $119 per night plus taxes. Make your reservations for the Brit Tzedek group rate no later than June 21 at (888) 627-8681 or (202) 289-7600. 

For information on home-stay and low-cost lodging options, contact

Scholarships: For information on registration waivers and travel subsidies, contact

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

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National Grassroots Leadership Training Institute

Saturday, June 21

Grassroots Leadership Training Institute Opening Plenary:

Keynote address: Welcome to the Grassroots Leadership Training Institute

  • Diane Balser, Interim Executive Director, Brit Tzedek v'Shalom
  • Steve Masters, President, Brit Tzedek v’Shalom
  • Cherie Brown, Chair of Chapter Development Committee, Brit Tzedek v’Shalom
Sunday, June 22
9:00 am - 10:45 noon

Workshop I

Intensive Strategic Planning

Recommended for: Existing long-term leadership

Creating and Building Your Chapter
Recommended for: Emerging chapter leaders, steering committee members and chapter members.

Home District Advocacy Strategies
Recommended for: Advocacy co-chairs and home district advocacy leaders.

11:00 - 12:45 pm

Workshop II

Conducting One-on-Ones
Track: Grassroots Skills

Developing Leadership
Track: Leadership and Development

How to Raise Brit Tzedek’s Voice in the Local Media
Track: Media and Communications

1:00 - 2:30 pm 

Lunch Session: Organizing in the American Jewish Community
*Kosher Vegetarian available upon request.

  • Rabbi John Friedman, Rabbinic Cabinet Chair, Brit Tzedek v’Shalom
  • Tammy Shapiro, Executive Director, Union of Progressive Zionists
  • Cherie Brown, Chapter Development Chair, Brit Tzedek v’Shalom
2:30 - 4:15 pm

Workshop III

Event Planning as an Organizing Tool
Track: Grassroots Skills

Turning your Supporters into Activists
Track: Leadership and Development

Public Speaking and Messaging 
Track: Media and Communications

4:30 - 5:45 pm

How does Brit Tzedek relate to electoral politics and
Grassroots Leadership Training Institute Highlights, Feedback and Next Steps

  • Rob Levy, Washington Representative, Brit Tzedek v'Shalom
  • Diane Balser, Interim Executive Director, Brit Tzedek v'Shalom
  • Steve Masters, President, Brit Tzedek v'Shalom
  • Sue Swartz, National Advocacy Chair and Vice President, Brit Tzedek v'Shalom
  • Cherie Brown, Chair of Chapter Development Committee, Brit Tzedek v'Shalom
8:00 pm

Welcome to National Advocacy Days

  • Diane Balser, Interim Executive Director, Brit Tzedek v'Shalom
  • Sue Swartz, National Advocacy Chair and Vice President, Brit Tzedek v'Shalom

Annapolis, Gaza, and the US Role: The Current Status of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict from a Brit Tzedek Perspective

  • Steve Masters, President, Brit Tzedek v’Shalom

“Stump The Expert:” Ask One of the Foremost Mideast Peace Experts your Toughest Questions

  • Daniel Levy*, Senior Fellow and Director of the Middle East Policy Initiative at the New America Foundation and the lead Israeli drafter of the Geneva Initiative
  • Rob Levy (moderator), Washington Representative, Brit Tzedek v’Shalom

*pending confirmation

National Advocacy Days 2008
Monday, June 23
9:00 am - 11:30 am

The Power of the Pro-Israel, Pro-Peace Grassroots

  • Diane Balser, Interim Executive Director, Brit Tzedek v'Shalom
  • Sue Swartz, National Advocacy Chair and Vice President, Brit Tzedek v'Shalom

A Year of Brit Tzedek Advocacy Successes

  • Rob Levy, Washington Representative, Brit Tzedek v'Shalom

Legislative and Policy Briefing Sessions

  • Congressional, advocacy and policy speakers
11:30 - 1:00 pm Lunch Break
1:30 - 4:30 pm

National Advocacy Training Sessions

5:30 - 7:00 pm

Congressional Reception

  •  Previous speakers include: Reps. Susan Davis (CA), Jan Schakowsky (IL), David Price (NC), Lois Capps (CA), Betty McCollum (MN), and Earl Blumenauer (OR)
Tuesday, June 24
10:00 am - 3:00 pm Full Day of Meetings with Senators, Representatives, and their Staff!
3:30 - 4:30 pm Debriefing and Closing: Bringing Advocacy Back to the Grassroots

Brit Tzedek v'Shalom, The Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace
11 E. Adams Street, Suite 707
Chicago, IL 60603
Phone: (312) 341-1205
Fax: (312) 341-1206

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