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New Jewish Peace Group comes together: B’rit Tzedek v’Shalom Chapter formed.

October 15, 2007

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Below is an email I got about a new Jewish peace group that formed in Colorado. It has been in the process of taking shape for some time now. Last Wed (October 10) was its `inaugural meeting’. Appears to have gone very well from the email.

Let us wish them the best.

Alternative voices – especially peace voices – are badly needed in Denver’s Jewish Community. For a number of years in the 1980s there was a vibrant chapter of New Jewish Agenda. Once it folded (along with the national organization) there has been precious little to replace it except for a few voices here and there pissing in the wind.

To contact the group – btvshalom@denver.org

From Colorado Brit Tzedek v’Shalom:

The inaugaral meeting of the Colorado Brit Tzedek v’Shalom chapter was a
resounding success!

We are now on the path towards formalizing the Colorado Chapter. We are
bringing a strong voice for peace and justice because we care deeply about
Israel and support a negotiated two-state solution.

The commitment of Colorado Jews to Brit Tzedek’s mission was demonstrated
by the twenty-five members and subscribers who attended the meeting
including Rabbi Brian Field of Judaism Your Way and Rabbi Jamie Arnold of
Beth Evergreen. The evening focused on how Brit Tzedek can help us find
ways to discuss Israeli and American policies critically within our own
community and how the peaceful majority needs to become a louder voice in
American Jewish politics.

***Mark Belkin, Colorado Chapter co-Chair, shared his goal to organize the
majoriy of Colorado Jews who share the Brit Tzedek vision.

***Diane Cantor, Executive Director of Brit Tzedek, spoke about how
dialogue for peace must come from within the Jewish community at the local
level.

***Jessica Gorelick, Manager of Chapter Development, described some of the
events such as peace sedars and movie nights that other chapters use to
mobilize their communities across the country.

***Roger Kahn, a National Board member and Colorado resident, explained
how far Brit Tzedek has come in the last several years in gaining the
attention of elected officials and the prime location that we have as
Coloradans to be a force for justice and peace for a negotiate two-state
solution.

Mark Belkin and Sara Jackson volunteered to be the Chapter co-Chairs, but
we our still looking for more members to join our steering committee. If
you are interested and/or have any questions, please respond to this
email.

***Rocky Mountain Rabbinic Council Meeting***
During their visit, Diane Cantor, Jessica Gorelick and Mark Belkin also
presented the mission and principles of Brit Tzedek to the Rocky Mountain
Rabbinic Council. It was an exciting week that is just the beginning of
the dialogue we can generate in Colorado.

Our next meeting is scheduled for November 7th at 7pm, location TBA.
Please come with your ideas for an inaugural event that will mobilize Jews
throughout the state.

If you are a subscriber, we invite you to become a Colorado chapter member
by clicking on the following link: https://secure.btvshalom.org/.

If you are interested in joining the steering committee or have any
questions, please respond to this email or email the Colorado Chapter at
denver@btvshalom.org .

We look forward to seeing you in November in the pursuit of peace and
justice.

shalom,
Mark and Sara

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