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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


"The Settlers" - a Shimon Dotan film

Monday, October 29, 2018, 6:30-9 pm

 Congregation Bet Haverim Social Hall

1715 Anderson Road, Davis CA  95616


The Settlers offers a look at Jewish settlers in the West Bank and their allies - Jewish and non-Jewish alike - in Israel, America and Europe. The origins of the settler phenomenon, which reach back almost half a century, are explored along with a look at who the settlers are today and how they impact the Middle East peace process.

Post-film discussion led by

Rachel Choppin, human resources consultant and

educator, and

Zvi Littman, veteran of the Israeli Defense Force and

         security industry


This event is free and open to the public. 

Donations will be gratefully accepted to support our programming. 

Past Events

Annual Membership/Planning meeting

Monday, October 1, 2018 at 7 p.m. in the Social Hall

CBH members interested in supporting and planning our monthly educational program are invited to join us.

Apocalypse Now? The Religious Right and Choices for the Future of America – and Judaism
Sponsored by Israel Peace Alternatives and Social Action Committee
Wednesday, June 6, 2018, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

The talk will describe the theology of the Religious Right.  It will highlight the choices it poses for Jews and Progressives, and the spiritual, social and political consequences of these ascendant beliefs held by those who are now in power in Washington DC.


CBH Partner Alan Hirsch will talk about the Religious Right, its values and theology, and its relation to government policy. The presentation will show editorial cartoons and quotes from leaders of the Religious Right to illustrate their eschatology, which is the theology of End Times.

The talk will also highlight how these beliefs make visible the usually unstated assumptions embedded in Secularism, Liberal Judaism and most Mainstream Protestant and Catholic beliefs about the role of human agency in shaping history.

The talk will observe how the world view of the Religious Right affects US foreign policy in the Middle East.  It will not discuss BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions).  

Speaker Biography:

Alan Hirsch has been a member for Congregation Bet Haverim for 19 years.  He previously was a member of Congregation Beth Shalom (Reform) and Mosaic Law (Conservative) in Sacramento, and before that he was a member of Orthodox congregations in Palo Alto and Berkeley.  He has a manuscript in process titled:  The Artscroll Chumash and its Challenge to Modern Judaism. He taught courses on Modern Jewish Intellectual History at Congregation Bet Haverim and Congregation Beth Shalom.   Alan is retired. He has an MBA from Northwestern University and is a licensed CPA.  

His knowledge of the Religious Right comes from self-study and from following and attending Christian events over the past 10 years as well as Bible study with the Jehovah’s Witnesses.

More 2018 events to be announced soon!


Why Israel Matters: Jews are the Indigenous People of Israel Ryan Bellerose, an Aboriginal Metis Indian from the Paddle Prairie Metis settlement in Northern Alberta, Canada, and aboriginal rights activist, will discuss why Israel matters. As he has written: “Everything that makes Jews Jewish — their spirituality, their traditions, their culture, their language, everything — it stems from Israel.” Sunday, January 27, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. Posted Jan 13, 2019
Celebration of Abraham, Sunday, January 27, 3:00 - 5:30 p.m., St. James Catholic Church After September 11, 2001, a group of Jewish, Christian and Muslim clergy and laypersons met to consider how our community could honor those who had died and, at the same time, increase understanding and respect among the three major Abrahamic faiths in Davis and Woodland. The result was the Celebration of Abraham. The Celebration is dedicating to increasing understanding among all religious tradition. Posted Jan 9, 2019
Mindful Moment Meditation This is a meditation and spiritual practice group with an emphasis on Buddhist and Jewish meditation. Most Tuesday evenings, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. Posted Jan 9, 2019
African American Jew in America UC Davis Professor of Sociology, Dr. Bruce Haynes, leads a discussion of his recent book. Sunday, January 20, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m., Social Hall Posted Jan 3, 2019