Events in the Wider Community

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Responding to Anti-Semitism, Supporting Social Justice Efforts, Advancing Important Public Policy Issues, Thursday, October 6, 5-7pm.  Join us at the JCRC East Bay Fall Open House. We will share our learnings from 5776 and the issues we anticipate in 5777. Hear about our work in the field responding to anti-Semitism; explore our Economic Justice consensus policy statement; and meet our partner and colleague Shaniece Alexander, Executive Director of the Oakland Food Policy Council. This will also be an opportunity to learn about some of our most dynamic issues, including how we respond to BDS and navigate the many meaningful opportunities we have to partner in the local racial justice movement. In the offices of:
Jewish Federation of the East Bay/The Jewish Community Foundation, 2121 Allston Way, Suite 200, Berkeley. Light appetizers & wine (Kosher dietary laws observed).
RSVP required to or 510-809-4903 by Wednesday, October 5.  JCRC is a beneficiary agency of the San Francisco-based Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund and of Jewish Federation of the East Bay/The Jewish Community Foundation.


Bend the Arc Justice Team invites you to participate in a monthly informal gathering: STARTING WITH OURSELVES: A JEWISH OPEN SPACE FOR ANTI-RACISM. Next gatherings:  October 6, East Bay JCC, November 10, Berkeley JCC, December 1, Berkeley JCC.  . For more information, contact Leila Davari-Bitton at  


Book launch and celebration of Structured Negotiation: A Winning Alternative to Lawsuits (published by the American Bar Association in September [but not just for lawyers!]) with author Lainey Feingold. Read more about the book here: Advanced praise for the book below and here: When: Sunday, October 16 from 2:00 – 4:00 in the afternoon
Where: Ed Roberts Campus (above the Ashby Bart Station in Berkeley):
What to expect:
**Hear stories of 20 years of disability rights legal advocacy and accessible technology progress — without lawsuits.
**Learn how the blind community worked with organizations like Bank of America, Major League Baseball, CVS, and the City and County of San Francisco to make technology more accessible.
**Meet some of the people who have made Structured Negotiation a thriving way to resolve disputes.
**Discover what the book offers advocates and lawyers in all fields looking to use the law in collaboration instead of conflict.
**And of course, eat yummy food and visit with friends.


Now’s Your Time to Change the World:  Re-Ignite: An Encore Career Program of the Ignite Institute at Pacific School of Religion for Changemakers in Discernment, in partnership with Mather LifeWays.  Join a new program of discernment, study, and training designed especially for late career or post-retirement individuals seeking to apply their skills and experience as agents of positive social change. This four-day intensive program will facilitate the process of taking personal inventory, of incorporating spiritual practice and social analysis, and of finding meaningful opportunities for immersive, inspiring social change work. Through a combination of lecture, movement, peer discussion, experiential exercises, spiritual practice, and reflection, participants will re-ignite their passion for changing the world.   Re-Ignite November 2016:  Dates: 11/17 – 11/20, from 8:30-3:30 each day.   Cost: $1500*  (sliding scale available – $500-$800)  Continuing Education Units available. Register now at or contact Erika Katske for more information (


Rays of Hope Tour.  Meet Israeli and Palestinian Peace Builders,  April 30 – May 12, 2017.  


* Meeting I-P peace builders *
* Palestinian and Israeli tour guides and discussion facilitators *
* City tours of Old Jerusalem, Haifa, Old Jaffa, Nazareth and Rawabi *
* Visit Druze & Bedouin villages, Bahai Temple, Machane Yehuda * Bethlehem Museum*
* Enjoy a dinner with an Israeli and a Palestinian family and lunch with the Druze *
* Participate in a service project in the West Bank and in Israel *
* Converse with politicians * And much more *


True, it is a most difficult time to feel hope for the Middle East. It is also the most important time to seek out those who are acting proactively to foster peace.

On the Rays of Hope tour, visit with peace builders from the West Bank and Israel, who choose to work together based upon mutual respect for each people’s humanity and needs. Listen to their personal narratives, learn about their work, and engage them in discussion.

Meet with groups focusing on education, tourism, religion, sports, medicine, ecology and commonalities, such as having lost family members through I-P violence. The composition of these groups is diverse, encompassing a wide range of religious, ethnic and national identities within their membership. Each organization works, in it’s own way, to live now, the very world it envisions for the future.


Judith Gussmann and Seema Dajani have experience as co-facilitators of Jewish-Palestinian dialog and as presenters on various aspects of Palestinian-Jewish relations. The Rays of Hope tour is arranged through MEJDI, a joint Palestinian-Israeli tour agency used by National Geographic Explorer for their Middle East tours.

To learn about MEJDI, the itinerary and pricing info, please go to:

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