Join Yossi Beilin and Brit Tzedek
Washington, DC · June 21-24, 2008

Exciting news! Yossi Beilin -- Member of Knesset, former chairman of the Israeli Meretz-Yachad party, and principal Israeli architect of the Geneva Accords -- will be giving Brit Tzedek's keynote address for our 2008 Grassroots Leadership Training Institute and National Advocacy Days, June 21-24.

Yossi Beilin's speech offers Brit Tzedek activists an opportunity to hear from one of the foremost experts on Israeli-Palestinian negotiations at a critical moment in the peace process.  As Brit Tzedek activists prepare to lobby their Members of Congress, Dr. Beilin will give his analysis of present diplomatic efforts for peace, the political crisis in Israel, and the situation on the ground in Israel and Palestine.

The reservation deadline for our special conference rate at the Four Points by Sheraton has been extended to June 20.  Make your reservation now by calling (888) 627-8681 or (202) 289-7600 and asking for the the National Advocacy Days special room rate of $119. 

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Grassroots Leadership Training Institute

Saturday, June 21
8:00pm

Grassroots Leadership Training Institute Opening Plenary:

Welcome to the Grassroots Leadership Training Institute

The Brit Tzedek community: A conversation among leaders and activists from across the country

  • You
  • Brit Tzedek’s Chapter Leaders, Chapter Development Committee and Board of Directors
Sunday, June 22
9:00 am - 10:45 am

Workshop I

Intensive Strategic Planning

Recommended for experienced chapter leadership

  • Steve Masters, President, Brit Tzedek v'Shalom
  • Yael Samuel, Co-Chair, Los Angeles Chapter

Creating and Building Your Chapter
Recommended for emerging chapter leadership

  • Ben Murane, Co-Chair, New York City Chapter
  • Steering Committe Member, Boston Chapter

Home District Advocacy Strategies
Recommended for chapter advocacy leaders

  • Sue Swartz, National Advocacy Chair and Vice President, Brit Tzedek v'Shalom
  • Rob Levy, Washington Representative
11:00 - 12:45 pm

Workshop II

Conducting One-on-Ones
Track: Grassroots Skills

  • Mark Belkin, Chair, Colorado Chapter
  • Sue Swartz, National Advocacy Chair and Vice President, Brit Tzedek v'Shalom
  • Jonathan Jacoby, Boston Chapter

Developing Leadership
Track: Leadership and Development

  • Cherie Brown, Chair, Chapter Development Committee, Brit Tzedek v'Shalom

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

  • Jessica Rosenblum, Former Director of Communications and Media for Brit Tzedek v'Shalom, current Senior Associate at Rabinowitz/Dorf Communications
1:00 - 2:30 pm 

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

  • Tammy Shapiro, Executive Director, Union of Progressive Zionists
  • Cherie Brown, Chair, Chapter Development Committee, Brit Tzedek v'Shalom
  • Rabbi Julie Saxe-Taller, Co-Chair, Rabbinic Cabinet, Brit Tzedek v'Shalom
2:30 - 4:15 pm

Workshop III

Event Planning as an Organizing Tool
Track: Grassroots Skills

  • Aliza Becker, Deputy Director, Brit Tzedek v'Shalom
  • Barbara Lahav, Steering Committee Member, Seattle Chapter

Turning your Supporters into Activists
Track: Leadership and Development

  • Cherie Brown, Chair, Chapter Development Committee, Brit Tzedek v'Shalom
  • Rebecca Kanner, Chair, Ann Arbor Chapter

Public Speaking and Messaging 
Track: Media and Communications

  • Beth Wasserman, National Board Member, Community Liaison/Chapter Spokesperson, Boston Chapter
  • Jessica Rosenblum, Former Director of Communications and Media for Brit Tzedek v'Shalom, current Senior Associate at Rabinowitz/Dorf Communications
  • Rainer Waldman-Adkins, National Board Member and Chair, Seattle Chapter
4:30 - 5:45 pm

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

  • Diane Balser, Interim Executive Director, Brit Tzedek v'Shalom
  • Cherie Brown, Chair, Chapter Development Committee, Brit Tzedek v'Shalom
National Advocacy Days 2008
8:00 pm

National Advocacy Days Keynote Presentation

  • Yossi Beilin, Member of Knesset, former chairman of the Israeli Meretz-Yachad party, and principal Israeli architect of the Geneva Accords
Monday, June 23
9:00 am - 11:45 am

A Year of Brit Tzedek Advocacy Successes and How to Present the Brit Tzedek Message

  • Rob Levy, Washington Representative, Brit Tzedek v'Shalom
  • Sue Swartz, National Advocacy Chair and Vice President, Brit Tzedek v'Shalom

The U.S. Congress and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

  • Congressional speakers TBA
11:45 - 1:15 pm Lunch Break
1:15 - 4:30 pm

National Advocacy Training Sessions

  • Featuring “Stump the Expert” with Daniel Levy, Senior Fellow and Director of the Middle East Policy Initiative at the New America Foundation
5:30 - 7:00 pm

Congressional Reception

Speakers TBA

  • 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!
3:00 - 4:30 pm Debriefing and Closing: Bringing Advocacy Back to the Grassroots


Yossi Beilin is a Member of Knesset, the former chairman of the Israeli Meretz-Yachad party, and principal Israeli architect of the Geneva Accord.

Dr. Beilin's lengthy career of public service, beginning in 1984 with his appointment as Cabinet Secretary, makes him one of the most experienced politicians in Israel. A member of Knesset for eleven years, Dr. Beilin has held ministerial positions in the governments of Yitzhak Rabin, Shimon Peres and Ehud Barak.

Yossi Beilin is a leading proponent of the peace process with Israel's neighbors and especially the Palestinians, identifying Israel's national interest as being best served by achieving a fair, just, and comprehensive peace in the region. He initiated the secret channel of talks that resulted in the 1993 Oslo Accords, and subsequently in late 1995 drafted a 'non-paper' of guidelines for a permanent status peace agreement with Palestinian leader Abu Mazen.

In July 2001, Yossi Beilin led a group of Israeli intellectuals and academics in signing a Joint Declaration with Palestinian peers, headed by Minister Yasser Abed Rabbo, the first and only action of its kind since the beginning of the Second Intifada. In parallel, Dr. Beilin and Mr. Abed Rabbo, leading teams of Israeli and Palestinian experts, former officials and members of civil society, initiated talks aimed at reaching a detailed permanent status agreement. This effort culminated in the Geneva Accord, which was officially launched in Geneva, on December 1, 2003.


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Chicago, IL 60603
Phone: (312) 341-1205
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