Training & Organizing Institute
What: Two days of grassroots
organizing and activism training with leading community
organizing and pro-Israel, pro-peace movement activists.
Who: Chapter activists who want
to improve their chapter's effectiveness, increase their own
contribution to Brit Tzedek, network with other activists, or
learn new organizing skills from the experts!
Cost: $80/person (includes
Housing, Financial Assistance & More:
Diane Balser, Executive Director of Brit
Tzedek v'Shalom, is a longtime political activist. She
teaches Women's Studies at Boston University and recently wrote
a chapter titled "Plotting the Middle Path to
Israeli-Palestinian Peace: The Role of American Jews" for the
2008 book, Righteous Indignation: A Jewish Call for
Aliza Becker, Deputy Director of Brit Tzedek
v'Shalom, has expertise in popular education, messaging and
communications. She worked in immigration education and advocacy
for 20 years and published six books on related topics prior to
her work with Brit Tzedek.
Mark Belkin is Chair of the Colorado Chapter
of Brit Tzedek v' Shalom and Director of Field Services for the
American Federation of Teachers, Colorado. He previously served
as Director of Communications for the Iowa AFL-CIO and
International Representative for the United Mineworkers of
Jeremy Ben-Ami, Founder and Executive
Director of J Street, previously served as Senior Vice President
of Fenton Communications. He is the former director of
communications and regional director for the New Israel Fund. He
was policy director for Governor Howard Dean's 1996 presidential
campaign and deputy manager of Mark Green's mayoral campaign for
New York City. From 1992 through 1996, Ben-Ami worked for former
President Bill Clinton, including two years as the President's
Deputy Domestic Policy Advisor.
Heather Booth is a veteran activist in the
civil rights, women's rights, and antiwar movements. She was a
co-founder and onetime President of the Midwest Academy, and
currently serves as a board member of the Center for Community
Change, Vice President of USAction, Director of the AFL-CIO's
campaign for universal health care coverage, and as a consultant
for Brit Tzedek v'Shalom.
Cherie Brown, chair of the Brit Tzdek
Chapter Development Committee, is the founder and Executive
Director of the National Coalition building Institute (NCBI), a
leadership training organization with chapters in 50 cities
worldwide that focus on combating prejudice, resolving
intergroup conflict and launching activist-based coalitions.
Steve Masters, Brit Tzedek president, is a
legislative attorney for the Philadelphia City Council. Mr.
Masters has also served on the board of the Greater Philadelphia
Jewish Community Relations Council, as well as the Philadelphia
Metropolitan Area Jewish Labor Committee.
Sue Swartz, Brit Tzedek Vice President and
chair of Advocacy, has 30 years experience in community, labor
union, and feminist organizing. Since 1995, she has taught
community development, non-profit management, and
diversity-related courses at Indiana University in Bloomington.
Brit Tzedek is also encouraging attendance at J Street's
Driving Change: Securing Peace
As a conference partner, current Brit Tzedek
members receive a 20% discount on registration fees.
October 25-28, 2009
Grand Hyatt Washington
Brit Tzedek v'Shalom, The Jewish
Alliance for Justice and Peace
11 E. Adams Street, Suite
Chicago, IL 60603
Phone: (312) 341-1205
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