Advocacy Days in DC were very uplifiting to take part in. I also went down with Tikkun one year. I joined New Jewish Agenda in San Francisco where I was living when it formed around.. 1980? because it took a 2 state solution stand, but I was uncomfortable with the tone of its mideast committee and so worked on other committees more. The same when I moved back to NYC in 1986. In the early-mid 80′s I belonged to a small group called Israelis For Peace that used to meet in my flat – I’m not Israeli but most members were – wonderful, soulful group. At that time I remember thinking – we shouldn’t be talking philosophically about peace and non-violence, etc because we have to get a 2 state solution happening NOW – things can’t get any worse between the Israelis and the Palestinians. And here we are in 2013 and things have gotten worse… and yet now maybe there is a glimmer of a new day dawning – the darkest hour is just before dawn.