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Israel Peace Alternatives

Events, activities, and discussions.

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

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.

For programming information or to be added to our mailing list, please contact sfpattison@gmail.com.

Join us at Israel Peace Alternatives events!

Friday, May 10, 2024, 6:30 pm
co-sponsored by Israel Haverim and IPA
Speaker:  Rabbi Josh Weinberg of ARZA (via zoom)
Please bring refreshments for our oneg.

Check back for new IPA events!

Past Events:

Children of Peace Film Screening
Wednesday, March 13 | 6:30 p.m.

At the home of SARAH and TOM PATTISON
Address provided with RSVP

Core Questions for This Moment of Crisis
An evening with Dr. Masua Sagiv
November 28, 2023 | 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. | CBH Social Hall
Click here to register!

UPDATE on J Street political messaging regarding the current crisis in the Middle East and its impact on the Two-State Solution
A conversation with J Street Assistant Political Director LEXI GOLDWYN with a focus on House and Senate races in ‘24
November 21, 2023 | 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Address provided upon reply to dowden@hrdowden.com

IPA Annual Meeting
Wednesday, September 6, 2023, 10:30 a.m.

Report-Back from Israel with Ben Linder
Sunday, August 20, 2023, 1:30 p.m.

Israel Shabbat flier
Friday, April 21, 2023, 7 pm, Israel Shabbat co-hosted with Israel Haverim.
Hope to see you there!

Israel’s Crisis of Democracy: What it Means for Israel,
Palestine, and the American Jewish Community Flier
Please join us at Congregation B’nai Israel on Wednesday, May 3, 7 pm, for a unique opportunity to hear directly from the Executive Director of J Street Israel, Nadav Tamir, who will be visiting us from Tel Aviv. We will engage in a conversation on Israel, Palestine, and the American Jewish Community – the evolving relationship.
This event will take place in Person and on ZOOM: Click here to register!


Freedman Discussion flier
Thomas L. Friedman’s recent column in the New York Times:
“American Jews, You Have to Choose Sides on Israel”
March 28, 2023
Click to RSVP!

Shira Ben-Sasson Furstenberg, Associate Director of NIF Israel
Fighting Back: The Struggle for Equality, Democracy, and Religious Pluralism in Israel 
February 14, 2023, 11 a.m. pst, via ZOOM
Click to register!

EI AI Rabbi Simons Jan 2023
Rabbi Jeremy Simons Speaking on: Contemporary Israel Issues via El Al
Click here to register!

2022 J Street National Conference flier
December 3-6 Washington, DC + Virtual 

Please register to attend in person or for the link to attend by Zoom:

Sokatch flier
Join Congregation B’nai Israel on Thursday, October 20, 2022 at 7:00 pm (click for more details)

Please register to attend in person or for the link to attend by Zoom:

Israel Shabbat, Friday, April 29, 2022 (details t.b.d.)

East-Jerusalemite Palestinian Students at the Hebrew University, Wednesday, June 8, 2022 (registration & details by following link)

Ronny Perlman of Machsom Watch, Discussion of film “200 Meters” on March 10, 2022

Yael Teff-Seker, Ph.D. : Environmental Cooperation in the Mideast, on January 23, 2022

Click here for more information on this program.

Tuesday, November 30, 2021, 7 p.m. Annual Meeting

Yael Teff Seker, Ph.D.: Peace Education in Israeli and Palestinian Schools on October 20, 2021

Yael Teff-Seker, Ph.D.: Environmental Ethics in Judaism on June 10, 2021

The International Fund for Israeli-Palestinian Peace: “Give Peace a Chance (and Some Funding)” on May 11, 2021

Fourth time’s a charm? with Michal Sella, Director of Shatil Center for Policy Change on March 18, 2021

An Evening with NYT columnist Roger Cohenon December 2, 2020

“Friendly Fire” with Ami Ayalon on August 24, 2020

Israel’s Ultra Orthodox: what we need to know on June 18, 2020

Murals of Change on May 27, 2020

Gisha – Legal Center for Freedom of Movement on February 13, 2020

Combatants for Peace on January 29, 2020

“Let Our People Know” on January 14, 2020

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