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Bob Brand & Liz Werthan
Michelle Berrong & David Bader
Irl Barg & Janet Walkow
Steve Masters & Beu Trey
Rabbi Marcia Prager & Chazan Jack Kessler
Rabbi Phyllis O. Berman & Rabbi Arthur O. Waskow


Invite you to join us for a special luncheon featuring

Member of Knesset Yossi Beilin

to benefit the work of Brit Tzedek v’Shalom

12:30 PM

Friday, June 20, 2008

at the office of Solutions for Progress
728 South Broad Street, Philadelphia

$50   $100  $250

Jewish dietary laws will be observed

Kindly RSVP your attendance by June 17 to monica@btvshalom.org or by calling 312.341.1205


MK Yossi Beilin is the former chair 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 Mahmoud Abbas.

MK Beilin will be headlining the national advocacy conference of Brit Tzedek v’Shalom in Washington, DC the following weekend.

Brit Tzedek v'Shalom 

Founded in 2002, Brit Tzedek has quickly grown into the largest grassroots Jewish peace organization in the U.S.  Our 38,000 supporters are organized into a national network of nearly 40 chapters and a vibrant on-line activist community. Chapters provide an organizing base for reaching into the Jewish community through speaking tours, participation on local Jewish policy-making bodies and community events. Our work in synagogues is anchored by our 1000-plus rabbinic network.  

Brit Tzedek’s Washington office brings our pro-Israel, pro-peace message to Congress and the Administration through our National Advocacy Days in June, where last year over one hundred grassroots activists from 25 States received high level briefings and then met face to face with Members of Congress and their staffs and by fielding home district advocacy teams who meet with their local member of Congress throughout the year. This year’s National Advocacy Days, from June 22-24, 2008, promises to be our biggest ever.

Recent Accomplishments

  • In the lead-up to November’s peace conference in Annapolis, Brit Tzedek organized over 500 rabbis from all denominations to speak out in a national media campaign urging support for jumpstarting peace talks after nearly seven years of inaction

  • In January, Brit Tzedek co-sponsored a symposium in Israel and the West Bank where we met with Israel’s leading peace and human rights activists, along with members of Knesset and both the Israeli and Palestinian Prime Ministers.

  • In February, Brit Tzedek helped to bring the powerful photography exhibit by the Israeli group Breaking the Silence/Shovrim Shtika to Philadelphia and Cambridge for its first U.S. tour and had speakers. The exhibit also included video testimonies by Israeli army veterans documenting their military experiences in the occupied territories.

  • In March, Brit Tzedek organized a ten-city tour with Gershon Baskin and Hanna Siniora, the Israeli and Palestinian co-directors of the Israel/Palestine Center for Research and Development (IPCRI).

  • In April, our Rabbinic Cabinet developed, “Pointing the Way to Peace & Security:  A Resource for Rabbis and Cantors on Israel’s 60th Birthday.”  The booklet, which includes reflections, peace-oriented synagogue activities, a comprehensive peace timeline, and oral histories, was disseminated to the more than 1000 rabbis and cantors in our network.

  • In May, Brit Tzedek coordinated a joint Jewish/Arab/Christian coalition effort which exceeded all expectations in garnering unprecedented support for the first comprehensive pro-Israel, pro-peace Congressional initiative to address the ongoing violence in Gaza and southern Israel and its devastating impact on the progress of peace talks. 

A Critical Time to Support Brit Tzedek's Work

Brit Tzedek’s work merits critical support during this election season in which the new President and Administration will have the opportunity to redefine the role of the U.S. in the Middle East. 

If the new Administration and Congress are to aggressively pursue a durable peace from the start, they will have to know right from the start that there is a solid and reliable grassroots base of support for bold peace initiatives.

Brit Tzedek is the only organization working throughout the Jewish community to build that base of support
 


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

info@btvshalom.org
www.btvshalom.org


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