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Jewish Voice for Peace Community Center Program Fall 11

Jewish Voice for Peace Community Center Program Fall 11

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The educational and community-building opportunities at Jewish Voice for Peace, Fall 2011
The educational and community-building opportunities at Jewish Voice for Peace, Fall 2011

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 Jewish Voice for Peace members are inspired by Jewish tradition to work together for peace,social justice, equality, human rights, respect for international law, and a U.S. foreign policy based on these ideals. JVP opposes anti-Jewish, anti-Muslim, and anti-Arab bigotry and oppression.
 
 JVP seeks an end tothe Israeli occupation of the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem; security and self-determination for Israelis and Palestinians; a just solution for Palestinian refugees based onprinciples established in international law; an end to violence against civilians; and peace andustice for all eoles of the Middle East.
Q: What is the Jewish Voice for Peace-Community Center (JVP-CC)?A: The JVP-CC is the home for the educational & community-building work of the JVPorganizing program.
We imagine coming together to
 
celebrate the unique beauty of diverse Jewish communities, history,and
 
culture while at the same timebeing a
 
place to spark our connectionto
 
broader struggles for justice. Wedream of Jewish communities
 
wherewe build connections with each other,educate ourselves, and strive for 
 
abetter world.It turns out, that is exactly what weare doing
 
here at JVP!
 
A central value of the organizingprogram at JVP is that the bestorganizing happens when we deepenour relationships to each other andour understandings of the issues. Aswe listen to each others voicesand
 
ideas on conference calls,share
 
knowledge and deepen politicalunderstanding in study groups,transform ritual into politicaleducation, or 
 
gather together in-person for a
 
regional leadershipretreat or 
 
campaign strategy session—when we
 
build community and sharepolitical education—we are creatinga
 
new kind of Jewish communitycenter--
 
the JVP-CC.
 
The JVP-CC is the home for theeducational and community-buildingwork of our organizing program.Open to Jews and non-Jews alike, the JVP-CC is a sometimes virtual,
 
sometimes physical space where wedeepen our connection to each other and our 
 
support for Palestinianliberation & self-
 
determination.
 
Welcome to the JVP-CC!
 
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FALL - WINTER 2011
CATALOGUE
WHAT’S INSIDE:
Institutes: Regional Leadership Development Institutes, Chapter Development Institutes
Political analysis workshops, book groups, and education sessions
National Workgroups: Tech Team, Welcoming Committee, Safety Training
Online Community
Alternative Jewish Ritual
 
FIRST LDI IN THEMIDWEST WAS AHUGE SUCCESS!
The first ever LDI was held inSt. Paul, MN in July 2011 with30 participants from St. Louis,Louisville, Chicago andbeyond! Here is what a fewparticipants had to say:
“The LDI reminded me what great power we haveorganizing together.
 
Coming from variedorganizing backgrounds,we energized each other todevelop solid campaignstrategies, and also had ablast getting to know eachother.“ - Liza Behrendt “The LDI was a reminder for me that being Jewish is not dependent on having aconnection to Israel.
 
It wasa reminder for me that  there are Jews who arewilling to do the hard work to liberate themselves andsupport Palestinians.
 
And it was a reminder for me that we can't do this work alone.” - Liz Schulman“The LDI gave me real hopethat we can build aneffective, powerful voiceagainst Israeli human rightsviolations among young Jews in the US. Putting our minds together andrealizing how much impact we can have was anamazing experience. - Michael Deheeger 
 
REGIONAL LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTES
 JVP Regional Leadership Development Institutes (LDI) are JVPmember-only gatherings for core organizers and leaders workingwith JVP on one of three tracks:1. TIAA-CREF Campaign2. Rapid Response Actions3. Youth Wing of JVPSessions at the LDI include: messaging and communications,grassroots organizing skills, chapter-building strategies, and anti-oppression analysis.Upcoming dates:Pacific Northwest/Northern California Region, January27-29, 2012 in Portland, OregonJuly 2012 will be in the Southwest/Southern CaliforniaRegion: Location & dates TBDJanuary 2013 will be on the East Coast: Location & datesTBDFor more information or to join your region’s planning team, contactRabbi Alissa Wise atalissa@jewishvoicepeace.org.
 
INSTITUTES
CHAPTER DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE
This online webinar series is a chance to come together with JVPveterans and brand new members alike to review the fundamentals of effective organizing. We'll discuss everything you need to know to getyour chapter off the ground or back in gear.The first half of each workshop is intended for members from multiplecities to share their triumphs, obstacles, and strategies 2on the road tobuilding strong, effective, vibrant chapters. We’ll swap stories, sharestrategies, vent frustrations, and get down to planning the concretedetails of chapter organizing.The second half of each workshop will be a skill-building training about arelated topic from a staff person, member, or outside expert.The next CDI begins in early November. To apply to be a part of it,completethis form.For more information, email Stefanie Fox atstefanie@jvp.org
 
 
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PAST POLITICALEDUCATION SESSIONS
In the past few months JVPers have gathered over the internet for a number of polticalanalysis sessionsincluding:-A "reading group" onMalcolm Gladwell's articleon social media andorganizing, facilitated byRebecca Subar -A special three-partNakba commemorationwebinar series hosted by JVP and facilitated by theUS-Zochrot WorkingGroup, inspired by a studyguide called "How Do WeSay ‘Nakba’ inHebrew?"recently released by theIsraeli organizationZochrot.-“Pinkwashing: InterruptingIsrael’s Queer PublicRelations.” A workshopled by Nava EtShalom-“Power, Privilege &Positionality in thePalestine SoldarityMovement” led by theyouth leaders of JVP-“Walls still standing:confronting anti-Jewishoppression in thePalestinian solidaritymovement.” A workshop/discussion on anti-Jewishoppression led by theyouth leaders of JVP. JVP offers webinars using innovative online meeting-room technologyso that members all over the US can meet and learn together. Thesesessions combine cutting edge analysis, strategic thinking, andcommunity building.
Briefing on September Palestine Vote in the UN
 Join leading political analysts and activists for a special JVP member-only briefing as the world awaits the UN vote on Palestinianstatehood.Wednesday, September 7th5:30 pm pacific/8:30 pm easternRSVP:Alissa@jvp.org
 
Storytelling as Political Act
We each have a story that brought us to JVP. We each have a politicalnarrative to tell that begins when we were children, has formativemoments and people, and that when told holds and create tremendouspolitical power. Join other JVPers to begin to tell, or for a chance toretell your personal, or political story, and how to use that story tobuild power for change and for justice.Wednesday, October 19th 5 pm pacific/ 8 pm easternRSVP:stefanie@jvp.org
JVP Bookgroup
Spend thewinter holidays readingFloodlines:Community and Resistance from Katrina to the Jena 6 by Jordan Flaherty, then joinwith fellow JVPers to discuss your thoughts and insights, and to drawconnections and inspiration from New Orleans to JVP’s work to win justice & equality in Israel/Palestine.Meeting 1: Monday, December 5th 5 pm pacific/8 pm easternMeeting 2: Monday, December 19th 5 pm pacific/8 pm easternMeeting 3: Monday, January 9th 5 pm pacific/8 pm easternRSVP:Stefanie@jvp.org
Solidarity Education Series
Beginning in November 2011, we will be holding a montly series of hour-long webinars where we will learn about thedaily experiencesunder occupation and the communities of resistance in Palestinianvillages throughout the West Bank and Gaza. As part of aninternational movement of solidarity with Palestinians, we will beginthe process of engaging more deeply village by village with therealities on the ground while living under the now 44 year old Israelioccupation. Our studies will lead us to take actions here in the US tosupport the villages. The first session in the series begins:Wednesday, November 16th, 5 pm pacific/8 pm easternRSVP to:stefanie@jvp.org
 
POLITICAL ANALYSIS
 
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