Lessons from the Field: Reports from Civil Rights Delegation to Palestine

Sunday, February 17, 2013
12:30 pmto2:30 pm

location: First Church Cambridge UCC, 11 Garden Street, Cambridge MA, This Forum will be held in the Hastings Room with lunch provided. 

contact: Rev. Rebee Girash at rgirash@firstchurchcambridge.org or Karlene Griffiths Sekou at karlene.griffiths.sekou@gmail.com.

 

In October of 2012 an historic delegation of leaders from the nonviolent U.S. Civil Rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s, younger civil and human rights leaders, and social justice activists traveled to East Jerusalem and the West Bank to meet with leaders of the Palestinian nonviolent resistance movement and their Israeli allies.

 

The Palestine-Israel Task Team of FCC invites you to join four members of the delegation – Dr. Paula Rayman, Dr. Alice Rothchild, Rev. Osagyefo Sekou and Rabbi Joseph Berman – for a report from their travels to Israel/Palestine. They will share what they learned from the Palestinians and Israelis working courageously, creatively, and non-violently to end the occupation and bring into being a new society based on justice and the humanity of all. The presentation will be followed by Q & A and discussion.

 

Deepening Crisis in the Middle East: Syria, Iran and Israel/Palestine

Monday, February 25, 2013
7:00 pmto9:00 pm

location: Boston University, CAS Room 211

725 Commonwealth Ave., Boston
BU Central T – Green Line “B”

What are the prospects for war and peace in 2013? Will the civil war in Syria  engulf the region or die down? What is the effect of economic sanctions in Iran and the situation of Iranian women? How will political shifts in Israel and Palestine affect the overall environment and what is the emerging US role?

Speakers will feature reportback and analysis.

 

Mohamad al Bardan was born in Damascus and studied electronics and communications engineering at the University of Kalamoon.  He participated in the nonviolent Syrian revolution from the beginning which included protests of 20 to 20,000 people. Mohamad left Syria in Sept. 2011 to continue his studies at Northeastern University and has remained active politically, helping found the Syrian Nonviolent Movement organization.  He works with the Syrian community in Boston to promote awareness about Syria and other projects.  Mohamad believes in the nonviolent struggle for self determination.

Alex Shams is an Iranian-American graduate student of Middle Eastern studies at Harvard. He has been active in Palestinian rights activism for years, both in the United States and in Lebanon. His academic research focuses on gender in Islamic political movements, and he recently returned from Iran where he was researching women’s experiences of expanded access to higher education since the 1979 Revolution.

Alice Rothchild is a physician, author, activist, and filmmaker.  She practices gynecology at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates and is an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School.  She has been active in women’s reproductive rights and health care reform, and turned her focus to the Israel/Palestine conflict in 1997. She is on the steering committees of American Jews for a Just Peace – Boston and Jewish Voice for Peace – Boston. She is the author of Broken Promises, Broken Dreams: Stories of Jewish and Palestinian Trauma and Resilience.  Her documentary, Voices Across the Divide, will be released this summer, 2013. www.alicerothchild.com

Presentations will be followed by ample time for discussion.

Donation $5 requested, no one turned away

Sponsored by United for Justice with Peace and the Boston University Anti-War Coalition.

Shabes dinner and a movie: support the activists in our community

Friday, April 5, 2013
6:30 pmto9:00 pm

The Middle East Working Group of the Boston Workmen’s Circle presents:

Three of our own Boston Workmen’s Circle members are involved with projects related to Israel/Palestine peace and reconciliation.
Come out and get a preview of what they’re doing
and support them in their efforts.

location: Boston Workmen’s Circle building
1762 Beacon St, Brookline, Ma

Bring a dish to share (home made or store bought) dinner 6:30 to 7:30

Ken Winikur – has 2 boys in the BWC Shule. He is making a film with Ben
Avishai called J STREET It brings viewers to the front lines of the US debate on Middle East policy as they track a young, progressive lobby group taking on the establishment and fighting for change. (www.jstreetdoc.com)

Alice Rothchild – former shule parent & MEWG member – with a book out on Jewish & Palestinian narratives she is now completing a film Voices Across the Divide, an oral history documenting the stories of the conflict through Palestinian family stories. (www.voicesacrossthedivide.com)

Eben Weitzman – former shule parent and BWC member – is Chair, Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance at UMass-Boston – he will introduce us to Ultimate Peace, a group who through the unique structure of Ultimate Frisbee and its growing popularity brings together Palestinian and Israeli Arab & Jewish youth in dialog and conflict resolution training. (www.ultimatepeace.org)

Understanding the Israeli/Palestinian Conflict

Sunday, April 7, 2013
7:30 pmto9:30 pm

37th SOCIAL JUSTICE FORUM

UNDERSTANDING  THE ISRAELI/PALESTINIAN CONFLICT

SPEAKER: ALICE ROTHCHILD, M.D.

location:    SACRED HEART PARISH,   LOWER CHURCH,  1321 CENTRE STREET,  NEWTON CENTRE, MASS. 

SPONSOR:    SACRED HEART PARISH, JUSTICE & PEACE  COMMITTEE

 

FREE ADMISSION

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

REFRESHMENTS TO FOLLOW

Lessons from the Field: Reports from Civil Rights Delegation to Palestine

Wednesday, April 10, 2013
6:00 pmto9:00 pm

co-sponsor Jewish Voice for Peace

 6pm Middle Eastern Dinner

7pm Program 

location: The First Baptist Church of Jamaica Plain

633 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain,  MA

In October of 2012 an historic delegation of leaders from the nonviolent U.S. Civil Rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s, younger civil and human rights leaders, and social justice activists traveled to East Jerusalem and the West Bank to meet with leaders of the Palestinian nonviolent resistance movement and their Israeli allies.

 

The First Baptist Church of Jamaica Plain invites you to join four members of the delegation – Dr. Paula Rayman, Dr. Alice Rothchild, Rev. Osagyefo Sekou and Rabbi Joseph Berman – for a report from their travels to Israel/Palestine. The conversation will be moderated by Dr. Lance Laird, Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at Boston University.  They will share what they learned from the Palestinians and Israelis working courageously, creatively, and non-violently to end the occupation and bring into being a new society based on justice and the humanity of all. The presentation will be followed by Q & A and discussion.  The event is co-sponsored by Jewish Voice for Peace.

Lessons for the Field: Reports from Civil Rights Delegation to Palestine

Monday, May 13, 2013
7:00 pmto9:00 pm

co sponsor:  Peace and Justice Committee, First Parish UU Bedford

 Location: Room 202

The First Parish Church, Unitarian Universalist

75 The Great Road, Bedford,  MA

Any questions please contact Sue McCombs, 781-275-5385. P&J, FPC UU Bedford

In October of 2012 an historic delegation of leaders from the nonviolent U.S. Civil Rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s, younger civil and human rights leaders, and social justice activists traveled to East Jerusalem and the West Bank to meet with leaders of the Palestinian nonviolent resistance movement and their Israeli allies.

 

The First Parish Church of Bedford  invites you to join four members of the delegation – Dr. Paula Rayman, Dr. Alice Rothchild, Rev. Osagyefo Sekou and Rabbi Joseph Berman – for a report from their travels to Israel/Palestine.

 

The conversation will be moderated by Dave Packer of First Parish Church UU in Bedford.    The Panel will share what they learned from the Palestinians and Israelis working courageously, creatively, and non-violently to end the occupation and bring into being a new society based on justice and the humanity of all. The presentation will be followed by Q & A and discussion.

 

 

Jewish Panel Explores Israel/Palestine Conflict

Sunday, August 4, 2013
10:00 amto12:00 pm

A panel of Jewish Americans will examine the Israel/Palestine conflict in a discussion at the First Parish in Bedford, Unitarian-Universalist.  Recognizing that American Jews have a greater stake in this conflict than the rest of us, and are perceived to hold greater influence on political decisions about aid to Israel, the First Parish Peace & Justice Committee has invited several prominent Jewish citizens to discuss their perspectives on this timely and divisive topic.

Panelists are expected to be:

Dr. Alice Rothchild is a physician, author, activist, and filmmaker.  She practices gynecology at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates and is an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School.  She has worked in the health care reform and women’s movements for many years.  Since 1997, she has focused much of her energy on understanding the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.  She is the author of the book “Broken Promises, Broken Dreams: Stories of Jewish and Palestinian Trauma and Resilience”, and this summer will complete a documentary film “Voices Across the Divide”.

 

David Friedman has BS and MS EE degrees from RPI and NYU,   a Masters in Business from MIT, and has worked as a technical contributor at Bell Labs,  Link Singer, and Computervision (in Bedford) where he was a founder and Vice President.  He has worked as a fund raiser and member of the Allocations Committee for the Combined Jewish Philanthropies,  served on national board of directors of the American Technion Association (Supports and raises funds for the Technion in Haifa Israel), as President of its New England Region, and currently serves on the International Board of Governors of Technion University.  He has two nephews and a niece who live in Israel.

 

Dr. Gustav Papanek is President of the Boston Institute for Developing Economies,  Professor Emeritus and former Chairman of the Department of Economics of Boston University, and has over 50 years of experience in the economics of developing nations.  He was a Director of the Development Advisory Service, and on the faculty of the Department of Economics of Harvard University.  He spent many years living and working as economic advisor in nations having large  Muslim populations, including Egypt, Pakistan, and Indonesia.  He has also visited Israel and Palestine a number of times.

Location:  Bedford Unitarian-Universalist: The First Parish church is on the Bedford, MA Town Common, 75 Great Road (Routes 4, 62, and 225).

For more information call  Sue McCombs 781-275-5385 or Brown Pulliam 781-275-0090

 

 

Reporting from the Ground: Building Understanding of the Israel/Palestine Conflict

Monday, September 30, 2013
7:00 pmto9:00 pm

Speaker: Dr. Alice Rothchild

 A joint presentation with Saint Susanna Peace and Justice Committee

location: the St. Susanna Parish Hall, 262 Needham St., Dedham.  There is no pre-registration and no fee, but free-will donations will be gratefully accepted to cover our costs.  For directions or more details, visit the Adult Faith Formation page on the parish web site, www.saintsusanna.org.  Come and See!

Unmasking Racism

Wednesday, October 2, 2013
7:00 pmto9:00 pm

Co-sponsored by MassOccupy-Brookline

Racism, prejudice, ethnocentricity—however you label it—is one of the oldest and possibly most destructive of human failings. Many of us recognize it if it is dressed in white robes and burning crosses, or brown shirts and swastikas. But, we also need to know the disguises behind which it hides, like everyday business suits, and white shirts and ties, or lovely print dresses and pumps. Nowadays, bigotry often comes in the deceptive facades of politeness, reasonableness and righteousness, among others. On this evening, we will touch upon two key centralities of racism as they manifest in any social environment. The first are what the speakers label as exclusions, while the second are “special privileges” based on ethnicity. We’ll hear from Arthur Conquest, an activist and writer who knows Brookline’s covert maltreatment of its Black citizens close up and in detail; and Alice Rothchild, M.D., writer, and filmmaker, who can speak in-depth and intimately about the realities of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. There will be ample time for questions and answers, and we’ll conclude the evening with a summary of the subject by Abram Chipman, the moderator.

location: Brookline High School, 115 Greenough St, Brookline, Mass

please come, sign up at website:
https://aded.brooklinema.gov/detail.php?id=543020

Health and Human Rights in Palestine

Sunday, November 10, 2013
12:05 pmto1:30 pm

St. Peter’s Coffee Hour Series Forum

Karlene Griffiths Sekou and Dr. Alice Rothchild will be presenting and leading a discussion on “Health and Human Rights in Palestine”

Please, plan to join us for our Service at 10:30am, Coffee Hour and the Forum at 12:05pm

Saint Peters is located at 838 Massachusetts Avenue, in Cambridge MA

Voices Across the Divide at the Coolidge Corner Theater

Tuesday, December 17, 2013
7:00 pmto9:00 pm

Please spread the word!

Voices Across the Divide: A powerful documentary and oral history project exploring the Israeli/Palestinian conflict

by Alice Rothchild and Sharon Mullally

 www.voicesacrossthedivide.com

Coolidge Corner Theater, 290 Harvard Street, Brookline MA 02446

Tuesday December 17 & Thursday December 19 at 7 pm

Followed by Q&A with filmmaker

Order your tickets now: Voices Across the Divide tickets