Summary of Events

Sun, Feb 17, 1:30 PM   Morality, Christianity, and the History of Policing
Sat, Feb 23, 6:00 PM Film: "1948: Creation & Catastrophe"
Mondays, Mar 4 - Apr 22 JVP Bay Area Study/Action 2019
Thurs, Mar 7, 7:00 PM Ahmed Abu Artema on Great March of Return
Sat, Mar 30, 12:00 Noon Great March of Return anniversary rally

JVP and Co-Sponsored Events

Film: "1948: Creation & Catastrophe"
Saturday, Feb 23, 6:00 - 8:30 pm
The Way Christian Center, 1305 University Ave, Berkeley

Through riveting and moving personal recollections of both Israelis and Palestinians, the film reveals the shocking events of the most pivotal year of the ongoing tragedy. It tells the story of the establishment of Israel as seen through the eyes of the people who lived it. This film is your chance to make sense of what is happening in Israel-Palestine today

6:00 PM Snacks & refreshments
6:30 PM Film screening
8:00 PM Q&A and discussion with the
filmmakers, Ahlam Muhtaseb & Andy Trimlett.

This event is free and open to the public.
Co-sponsored by The Way Christian Center, NorCal Sabeel and Jewish Voice for Peace

Morality, Christianity, and the History of Policing
Sunday, February 17, 1:30 - 5:30 PM
First Congregational Church of Oakland UCC
2501 Harrison Street, Oakland


Let’s talk about the “common sense” ideas about crime, morality, and safety that shape and limit how we think about policing and community safety. Many of these ideas are profoundly influenced by a particular brand of Christianity that has dominated in this country, a version of the faith that served to justify genocide and slavery and continues to uphold white supremacy in ways that are sometimes overt but more often subtle and even innocuous-seeming. How can we begin to call these “common sense” ideas into question so that we can have a different conversation?

The Coalition organizing this workshop series  includes First Congregational Church of Oakland, Kehilla Community Synagogue, Agape Fellowship, Qal'bu Maryam, Jewish Voice for Peace, the East Bay Meditation Center, Skyline Community Church, Oakland Peace Center, Oakland LBGTQ Community Center, KinFolkz, the Omni Collective, and Black Organizing Project. We are eager to partner with additional organizations so please contact us if you are interested!


The space is wheelchair accessible, and there are ADA restrooms on site. Please come scent-free; for information on how to do that, see this FAQ: Surcented cleaning products are sometimes used in the space but will not have been used in the space for 24 hours. No incense or sage will be burned. If you have other questions about accessibility, please contact us at

JVP Bay Area Study/Action 2019
Mondays 6:30 PM, March 4 - April 22
Near Downtown Berkeley BART

Settler Colonialism, Militarization and Zionism in the US & Palestine
A Creative Study/Action Group

What: A study group with weekly homework, including planning a strategic action in April.
When: Eight Sessions starting the week of March 4, day TBD
Where: Downtown Berkeley near BART.
The space is on the first floor and has no steps. There is one wheelchair accessible bathroom.

Questions and Enrollment:

Join members and allies of Jewish Voice for Peace Bay Area in an eight-week Study/Action group that will:
Study historical roots of policing, settler-violence, zionism, and antisemitism, and its impacts today in the US and Palestine/Israel.
Explore how we, as Jews and allies, can support, connect, and build upon community organizing rooted in decolonization.
Organize a strategic action in April related to Passover and what we've been studying.

Ahmed Abu Artema on the Gaza Great March of Return
Thurs, March 7, 7:00 PM
St. John's Church
2727 College Avenue, Berkeley
JVP-Bay Area is a co-sponsor of this program.   We are so pleased that the Bay Area will have the opportunity to hear directly from one of the initiators of the Great Return March. Buy your tickets early to ensure a seat!
Palestinian journalist and refugee, Ahmed Abu Artema, was one of the original organizers of the Gaza Great March of Return. He will speak about his experience, the future of nonviolent actions in Palestine, and his vision for a just and lasting peace. He advocates for restoration of Palestinian rights, and his writings have appeared in the New York Times, the Nation, and more. He will be joined by Jehad Abusalim, a Chicago-based activist/scholar from Gaza and AFSC Program Associate.This event is part of AFSC’s national speaking tour, “Hashtag to Headlines: How the Gaza Great March of Return Challenged the World”!

Tickets: $15, $25, $50, available through Eventbrite

Benefit for projects in Gaza

For info: 510-548-0542,, or, 312-427-2534

Wheelchair Accessible

Save the Date

March and rally commemorating the first anniversary of the Gaza Great March of Return
Saturday, March 30 at 12:00 Noon in San Francisco

JVP-Bay Area will have a contingent in this march and rally to mark the first anniversary of the Great March of return in Gaza.  Look for more details in future newsletters, but mark your calendars now!!!

Saturday, March 30, 2019 will mark the first anniversary of the Great March of Return in Gaza and the 43rd anniversary of Land Day in Palestine. Since March 30, 2018, more than 240 Palestinians have been killed, thousands wounded by live fire and thousands more by tear gas and other weapons.

Despite being trapped inside the largest open-air prison in the world and confronting one of world’s most powerful militaries, the Palestinians in Gaza have continued their heroic resistance.

The Trump administration and the Democrat party leaders in Congress have not only supported Israel’s murderous assault, but also continued to provide the weapons to carry it out. They are seeking to criminalize the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Campaign.

U.C. Berkeley Law Palestine Trek
Students at Berkeley Law are organizing "Palestine Trek", a trip to Palestine for graduate students modeled after similar trips at Harvard, which over 10 years have taken nearly 1000 future law and policymakers to witness the realities of living under military occupation.

Palestine Trek aims to elevate the Palestinian narrative by introducing future policy and lawmakers to Palestinian heritage, history, people, and culture. However, without significant funding support, students from less privileged backgrounds will be unable to join them for this once in a lifetime opportunity.

They are trying to raise $20,000 this February in order to help subsidize the cost of participation. Would you help them reach their goal by making a tax-deductible today? Please visit to learn more about the Trek and to participate in transforming the discourse on Palestine in the United States for years to come!


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