American Jews and Israel in the Trump Era: Polarization and Protest, 2019 Benayora Lecture

American Jews and Israel in the Trump Era: Polarization and Protest, 2019 Benaroya Lecture

Please join our brothers and sisters at the University of Washington Stroum Center for Jewish studies for a look at the changing landscape during the Trump presidency.
Date: Tuesday, November 19, 2019
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Location: Kane Hall 110, Univ of Washington
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In his 2016 book “Trouble in the Tribe: The American Jewish Conflict Over Israel” (Princeton University Press), Dov Waxman argued that the age of uncritical and unconditional American Jewish support for Israel is over, and that Israel is now becoming a source of division in the American Jewish community. In this talk, he will discuss how the presidency of Donald Trump has deepened American Jewish divisions over Israel, heightened communal concerns about antisemitism, and mobilized a new generation of Jewish activists. As a result, American Jewry’s relationship with Israel, and American Jewish politics, is being reshaped.

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Join Betty McCollum on International Day of the Child

Children participating in the 2017 International Day of the Child celebration hold signs calling for peace. (photo: Manuel Elias / UN Photo)
Promoting Human Rights for Palestinian Children — A briefing featuring Christian leaders in support of HR 2407.

Date
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Wednesday, Nov 20, 2019
Time: 10:30–11:30 am
Location: US Capitol Visitors Center, 200 Auditorium, First St NE, Washington, DC  20515
Information: This briefing is hosted by Rep. McCollum and supported by the Faith Forum on Middle East Policy and Churches for Middle East Peace
Tickets: Event is free to the public

Join U.S. Representative Betty McCollum and Christian faith leaders on the International Day of the Child as they advocate for the rights of Palestinian children who are detained, prosecuted and incarcerated by the Israeli military in the West Bank.

In speaking about H.R. 2407, faith leaders have noted that their faith commitment calls them to pay particular attention to the rights of vulnerable communities, including children. Wherever children are held in detention, whether in the context of U.S. detention centers or Israeli military prisons, there is an obligation to act to protect children’s rights.

“Promoting Human Rights for Palestinian Children Living Under Israeli Military Occupation Act” (H.R. 2407) prohibits any U.S. taxpayer funds from contributing to the military detention, interrogation, abuse, or ill-treatment of children by any country, including Israel.

Christian denominations including The Episcopal Church, Presbyterian Church (USA), United Church of Christ, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Alliance of Baptists have passed national resolutions in support of Palestinian children’s rights. Speakers from some of these denominations and other Protestant and Catholic organizations will join Rep. McCollum at the briefing.

This briefing is hosted by Rep. McCollum and supported by the Faith Forum on Middle East Policy and Churches for Middle East Peace.

Please write to your representative or call their office to voice your support for this important bill.

Gaza Fights for Freedom – Film

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Please join our brothers and sisters at the Palestine / Israel Network for a film viewing in Edmonds WA.  The film will be introduced by former Democratic U.S. Representative Brian Baird, who will also answer questions and tell how Congress deals with the Israel/Palestine conflict. He is one of the few Americans who has been to Gaza 5 times.
Date: Friday, November  8, 2019
Time: 7:00 – 9:00pm
Location: Edmonds United Methodist Church Sanctuary 828 Caspers St, Edmonds, WA
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This collaborative film by Abby Martin shows you Gaza’s protest movement like you’ve never seen before. Filmed during the height of the Great March Of Return protests, it features exclusive footage of demonstrations where 200 unarmed civilians have been killed by Israeli snipers since March 30, 2018.

This film is hard hitting and sometimes violent. Light refreshments will be served.

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Film: Imprisoning a Generation

Please join our brothers and sisters of the Episcopal Diocese of Oregon Task Force for Palestinian Human Rights in the screening of this documentary film in Portland OR with director and film producer Zelda Edmunds.
       
  Date: Sunday, Nov 10, 2019  
  Time: 6:15 – 9:00 pm
Film will begin at 7:00 pm
 
  Location: Grace Memorial Episcopal Church, 1535 NE 17th Ave, Portland, OR
Park in lot on 16th & NE Weidler
 
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  Tickets: Free  
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Join in this film screening and discussion with Zelda Edmunds, the director and producer of this documentary film which follows the stories of four young Palestinians detained and imprisoned under the Israeli military and political system.

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Documentary Film: Gaza Fights for Freedom

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Please join viewing of documentary by Abby Martin and team of journalists reporting on Palestine during the Great March of Return protests.
Date: Wednesday, Oct 9, 2019
Time: 7:30– 9:30 pm
Location:  Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave, Seattle WA 98122
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This debut feature film by journalist Abby Martin began while reporting in Palestine, where she was denied entry into Gaza by the Israeli government on the accusation she was a “propagandist.” So Abby connected with a team of journalists in Gaza to produce the film through the blockade.

This collaboration shows you Gaza’s protest movement like you’ve never seen before. Filmed during the height of the Great March of Return protests, it features exclusive footage of demonstrations where 200 unarmed civilians have been killed by Israeli snipers since March 30, 2018.

The documentary tells the story of Gaza past and present, showing rare archival footage that explains the history never acknowledged by mass media. Victims are heard from the ongoing massacre, including journalists, medics and the family of internationally-acclaimed paramedic, Razan al-Najjar.

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The Search for Peace and Justice in the Holy Land

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Please join our brothers and sisters at Bellevue Presbyterian Church for a series exploring the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and how we might serve as agents of peace and reconciliation.
Date: Tuesdays, Sept 3 – Nov 19, 2019
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Location: Bellevue Presbyterian Church, 1717 Bellevue Way NE (Upper Campus room 425), Bellevue WA
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Some Jews and Christians consider the modern state of Israel to be the fulfillment of a Biblical promise that God made to Abram. “To your offspring I will give this land,” God tells Abram in Genesis 12, referring to the territory we today know as Israel and Palestine. This and other Old Testament verses, however, can prove troubling when seeking a resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Does God’s promise to Abram permit us to overlook the mistreatment of the Palestinian people by those “given” the Holy Land? How should we think about Biblical passages used to justify unjust Israeli policies toward the Palestinians?

These questions take center stage in this study series called The Search for Peace and Justice in the Holy Land. BelPres Associate Pastor Scott Mann will walk us through the Genesis texts, and other passages in scripture, in order to help us gain a larger view of what the Bible says about Holy Land “ownership” and relations between Israelis and Palestinians. We’ll have plenty of time afterward for discussion.

The event gets started at 7 PM in Upper Campus (UC) Room 425 at Bellevue Presbyterian Church.

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A Response to Christian Zionism

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Please join the Kairos Puget Sound Coalition for an opportunity as a community to learn about the history of Christian Zionism a primary influence on Americas ongoing support for the State of Israel and to learn about how to counteract it with learning, love, and engagement.
Date: Saturday, Oct 5, 2019
Time: 9:30am – 4:00pm,  Reception following:  4:15 – 6:00pm
Location: University Congregational UCC, 4515 16th Ave NE, Seattle, WA
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A coalition of 15 churches from different denominations and civic organizations are organizing the 4th Annual Kairos Puget Sound Coalition (KPSC) Conference, entitled “Response to Christian Zionism”. The program has been thoughtfully designed to help us understand and answer questions such as, What is Zionism? What is Christian Zionism? Is Christian Zionism taught in the New Testament by Jesus or his disciples? How can I and my church respond to Christian Zionism?

We also encourage members of the Friends of Sabeel of North America (FOSNA) and others committed to fostering justice and peace for the peoples of the Holy Land to gather following the conference from 4:00 to 6:00 pm for a wine and cheese reception at the same location to hear from FOSNA founders and staff, including Rev. Dick Toll and Rev. Don Wagner.

We encourage all supported to attend the conference itself and then to stay on for a rare opportunity to meet with elders who helped create FOSNA and key staff who are leading us into the next phase of the crucial work of bringing true justice and peace to Palestine and Israel.

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Abraham’s Land – A song sampling and discussion

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Please join our brothers and sisters for a song performance of a musical theater work in progress that explores the human cost of the Israeli occupation of Palestine.
Date: Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Time: 7:30 – 9:00 pm
Location: Taproot Theatre – Isaac Studio, 212 N. 85th St., Seattle, 98103.
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Tickets: Free – donations accepted
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Abraham’s Land is a full‑length musical drama set against the backdrop of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. Israeli Sergeant Yitzhak prides himself on righteous conduct and admonishes the soldiers in his unit when they do not abide by the highest moral standards. But when a Palestinian street demonstration in East Jerusalem appears menacing, Yitzhak fatally shoots the provocateur, Ismail, only to realize too late, that his victim was unarmed. Yitzhak is haunted by the ghost of Ismail, and resolves to make amends by personally returning Ismail’s identity card to his family in Gaza to ask for forgiveness.

Originally created in the 1992 by the Jewish-Arab artistic team of Lauren Goldman Marshall, Hanna Eady & David Nafissian, and further developed in 1999 with Israeli and Palestinian teens at Seeds of Peace International Camp, this new incarnation features a substantially revised script and a dynamic new score by Pulitzer-nominated composer Roger Ames, who will be in residence for this workshop. Earlier versions of the work have been workshopped at Village Theatre in Issaquah, 1994 & 1995, and Nautilus Musical Theatre, in Minneapolis-Saint Paul, 1996 & 2017.

Book and lyrics by Lauren Goldman Marshall
Music and orchestrations by Roger Ames
With additional book material by Hanna Eady
And additional music by David Nafissian and Joan Szymko

Adapted from an earlier version by Lauren Goldman Marshall, Hanna Eady and David Nafissian

Music Direction by Chris DiStefano

Featuring: Mark Abel, Andi Alhadeff, Jeremy Berdin, Nick Bernard, Slade Burgess, Christin Byrdsong, Sammie Gorhman, Karen Hartman, Terrence Kelly, D’vorah Kost, Julie Olsen, Meg Savlov, Fune Tautula & Rocky Vega, with Ruby Harmon, Maggie McGough, and Tatum Poirrier as children.

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Book Reading: Reclaiming Judaism from Zionism: Stories of Personal Transformation

Please join Seattle writer and activist Alice Rothchild, along with Portland activist Ned Rosch who will read from their contributions to a new anthology edited by Carolyn L. Karcher, Reclaiming Judaism from Zionism: Stories of Personal Transformation.
Date: Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Location: Elliot Bay Book Company, 1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 
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Tickets: Free
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Seattle writer and activist Alice Rothchild, along with Portland activist Ned Rosch read from their contributions to a new anthology edited by Carolyn L. Karcher, Reclaiming Judaism from Zionism: Stories of Personal Transformation (Interlink), along with helping discuss the premise of the book itself.

“These powerful stories send a message about the resilience and passion of a courageous group of Jews who have come to the realization that the state of Israel’s treatment of Palestinians does not live up to the ethical standards Jewish tradition demands. Taken together, their words challenge the idea that Judaism and Zionism are inseparable. Their commitment to live a Jewish life without Zionism bodes well for the future of Judaism.” — Rebecca T. Alpert.

Alice Rothchild is the author of the books, Broken Promises, Broken Dreams, On the Brink, and Condition Critical. Ned Rosch is co-founder of Jewish Voices for Peace in Portland.

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Film Screening: Make Hummus not Walls

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Please join our brothers and sisters from Blessed are the Peacemakers for a film screening:

Date: Saturday, July 6, 2019
Time: 7:30 – 9:30 pm
Location: The Summit
420 E Pike St, Seattle, WA
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Tickets: Free, RSVP recommended
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An emotional, but factually driven documentary of personal stories amid conflict, in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Witness rubber bullets, passion, angry protesters, but mostly courageous people longing for peace. Hear three women–a Jew, a Christian, and a Muslim, speak of meeting their “other” in the craziest of times and finding their humanity in loving each other. This story will spark hope in the possibility of peace based on genuine friendships across normal barriers when we need it most.

Special guests for this Screening:
Two special guests, a Palestinian, and Israeli will share their reactions to this movie and perspectives about the current conflict, in conversation with one of the women featured in the movie. One is Moroccan-born, former tank commander, the other Arab-Palestinian. Both are experienced mediators and educators working to bring Muslims, Jews, and Christians together to build trust and full equality between Israelis & Palestinians.