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Israel Peace Alternatives

Pursuit of justice and peace for the preservation and strengthening of a democratic Jewish Israel

Mission Statement

Israel Peace Alternatives (IPA) consists of partners of Congregation Bet Haverim dedicated to the preservation and strengthening of a democratic Jewish Israel through the achievement of a negotiated settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and adherence to the principles of freedom, justice and equality for all Israeli citizens, as articulated in the declaration of independence of the State of Israel.

We are impelled by the obligation to pursue justice and peace, placed upon us by our sacred writings as well as the best Jewish secular traditions of the past three centuries.   Our programs, which are open to all congregational partners and the public, are designed to advance these objectives through information, education, discussion and advocacy.

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Upcoming Events

"Hummus Nation:  Food and Culture in Israel"
Monday, January 29, 2018, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m., CBH Social Hall
Hummus is an ancient traditional dish in Middle Eastern cultures.  In Israel, it is one of the most common foods, appropriated as an icon of Israeli culture and nationality.  This lecture by CBH partner Rafi Grosglik, Ph.D. will follow:  

  • The history of hummus
  • Discuss the social meanings of hummus consumption and production in Israel
  • Explore why Jews and Arabs in Israel and in the Middle East share a culinary passion for hummus
  • How the Israeli-Arab conflict is reflected in hummus
  • How organic hummus represents trends of globalization and localization in Israel
Several scenes from documentary films will accompany the lecture, and hummus tastings will be offered.

Rafi Grosglik, Ph.D. is a visiting Assistant Professor and an Israel Institute Teaching Fellow in the Jewish Studies Program and the Department of Sociology at UC Davis.  His interests include the sociology of food, globalization, environmental sociology and Israeli society.

This program is free and open to the public, no RSVP required.  For more information, contact CBH partner by clicking her name, or phoning 530-220-5042.
"An Arab-Israeli Teenager Reflects on Life in Israel"
Wednesday, February 21, 2018, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m., CBH Social Hall
Learn first-hand the experience of growing up in an Arab community in Israel.  Israeli-Arab teen Qais Badran, 17, will share his experiences of interacting with Jews, including an informal year-long co-existence group.  He will touch on his family history, the history of his village, cultural aspects of his community and his Muslim faith. 

Qais was born in Jatt, a small Arab village of 12,000 people in Israel near Hadera.  He is participating in a one-year cultural exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, and is currently attending classes at Da Vinci High School in Davis while living in the home of Julie Hochman and Rabbi Greg Wolfe.

This program is free, open to the public and no RSVP is required.  For more information, contact CBH partner  by clicking her name, or phoning 530-220-5042.

More 2018 events to be announced soon!


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