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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

 

Israel's Upcoming Election with Alan Elsner (J Street)
on Tuesday, March 26, 7 p.m.
in the B'Nai Israel Sanctuary

Please follow this link for an informational PDF about this program.

 

"Zoom In - How Israeli Media Shapes Public Opinion"
with Shimrit Braun Kamin of The New Israel Fund

Wednesday, March 27, from 7 to 9 p.m.
CBH Social Hall

Like here in the US, Israelis consume a variety of media and news sources, often with vastly different perspectives and political leanings. Using the prism of Israeli media and its coverage of current events,
we will understand how the imaging, messaging, and circulation of different news sources influence Israeli public opinion and policy. We will also ask how it’s related to the upcoming elections and how
much it can influence the results.

The presentation will be given by Shimrit Braun Kamin, Associate Director of New Israel Fund in the Bay Area. She formerly worked in Israeli media, mainly on the news. Together we will break down what Israelis read and watch, and how it affects what different groups in Israeli society think about burning issues. Come to deepen your understanding of the Israeli political experience.

This event is free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by J Street Davis.
Donations will be gratefully accepted to support CBH programming.

Click here for the event flyer PDF.

 

"Israel's Upcoming Elections: the fight for democracy" - discussion with Hillel Damron

 Wednesday, April 3, 2019 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.in the Social Hall

 

The Israeli elections, on April 9, 2019, promise to be consequential for generations to come.  Hillel Damron, filmmaker, author and blogger, will give his personal perspective and lead a discussion on Wednesday April 3, 2019, from 7-9 pm, in the Social Hall at Congregation Bet Haverim, 1715 Anderson Road, Davis, CA  95616.  This event is free and open to the public.  Donations will be gratefully accepted to support our programming.

Damron is former Executive Director of the Hillel at UC Davis and Sacramento State; former Israeli Defense Force officer and Air Marshal on El Al Israeli Airlines; war veteran; battle-scarred; signer of the famed ‘Peace Now’ officers’ letter; and a Sabra, born in kibbutz Hephzibah to parents who survived the Holocaust.

 

 

 Screening and Discussion of, “In Between”

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

6:30 - 9:00 p.m., Social Hall

 

Three young Palestinian women, sharing an apartment in liberal Tel Aviv, constantly find themselves torn between traditional culture and the modern world. The film depicts their struggles with the rule-bound Arab world and the inequality of Israeli society and their desire to free themselves.

Post-film discussion led by Rachel Choppin, facilitator and educator, and Zvi Littman, veteran of the Israeli Defense Force and security industry.

Past Events

Israel Peace Alternatives will be hosting the oneg on Friday, February 22 at 7 pm.. Shabbat shalom!

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.
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.

"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. 

More 2019 events to be announced soon!

 

 

News
Israel Peace Alternatives presents: "Israel's Upcoming Elections: The Fight for Democracy" Wednesday, April 3, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Posted Mar 21, 2019
Zoom In — How Israeli Media Shapes Public Opinion Wednesday, March 27, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Posted Mar 21, 2019
Orientation for Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Wednesday, April 3, 6:45 - 9:15 p.m. Posted Mar 7, 2019
Mayumana — Israeli Dance Troupe Sunday, April 14, 2:00 p.m., Mondavi Center, UCDavis Posted Mar 1, 2019
SAVE THE DATE — Spring Gala 2019 L'Dor v'Dor Sunday, May 5, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. in the Redwood Grove Posted Mar 1, 2019
Camperships The deadline for campership applications is April 26, 2019. Many families are planning their summers now so this is a good time to apply. It is also a good time to donate to the Campership Fund. Posted Feb 4, 2019
Caregivers Support Group February 6, 20; March 6, 20; April 3, 17. $60 for all six sessions; drop-ins are welcome at $10 per session. RSVP required. Posted Feb 4, 2019
Heart and Spirit Chant Circle Fourth Monday of most months - next date Monday, March 25, 7:15 - 8:15 p.m., Sanctuary Posted Jan 22, 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