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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.

To be added to our mailing list please contact elbiberstein@ucdavis.edu.

For programming information please contact sfpattison@gmail.com.

Upcoming 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.

Past Event

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.
Sanctuary

Summary:
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.

Content: 

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!

 

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