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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

Israel Peace Alternatives presents: "A Land Twice Promised: An Israeli Woman's Quest for Peace" film screening and discussion

Wed, Apr 25, 2018 7:00pm - 9:00pm 

Location: Social Hall

posterIsraeli storyteller Noa Baum grew up in Jerusalem in the shadow of the ancestral traumas of the Holocaust and ongoing wars.  Stories of the past and fear of annihilation in the wars of the '60s, '70s, and '80s shaped her perceptions and identity.  As an adult, while with her children at the Orchard Park student family housing playground at UC Davis, she met a Palestinian woman who had grown up under Israeli occupation and as they shared memories of war years in Jerusalem an unlikely friendship blossomed. 

"A Land Twice Promised" delves into the heart of one of the world’s most enduring and complex conflicts.  Baum’s deeply personal memoir recounts her journey from girlhood in post­-Holocaust Israel to her adult encounter with the “other.”  With honesty, compassion and humor, she captures the drama of a nation at war and her discovery of humanity in the enemy. 

Winner of the 2017 Anne Izard Storytellers' Choice Award, among others, this compelling memoir demonstrates the transformative power of art, and challenges each viewer to take the first step toward peace.

Post-film discussion to be led by Rabbi Greg Wolfe.  This program is free and open to the public; no RSVP required.

More 2018 events to be announced soon!


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