For United Methodists and church activists in numerous denominations, Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) has been a vital partner in advocacy for the human rights of the Palestinian people.
Jewish Voice for Peace has courageously challenged Zionist ideology in the Jewish American community and blazed new trails with their antiracist and intersectional justice work, in the US and globally.
Today JVP is an indispensable global leader in the movement for Palestinian rights; their work is a major factor in the changing U.S. discourse about Palestine.
Join us on July 21st to learn more about this remarkable organization, their roots and growth and current work, as well as insightful analysis of the situation today in Palestine/Israel.
We will hear from JVP’s Organizing Director, Lisbeth Melendez Rivera, who has extensive experience organizing and training across the intersections of diverse justice movements in the United States, including her last position as Director of Faith Outreach & Training at the Human Rights Campaign.
We are also privileged to have joining us the leader of the JVP Health Advisory Council, Dr. Alice Rothchild, a practicing physician and Harvard professor for decades, a filmmaker, and an esteemed author and political analyst on Palestine/Israel.
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Alice Rothchild is a physician, professor, author, and filmmaker who has focused her interest in human rights and social justice on the Israel/Palestine conflict since 1997. A practicing Ob-Gyn for almost 40 years, she served as Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Harvard Medical School, until her retirement. Rothchild writes and lectures widely, has contributed to a number of anthologies, and is the author of several books related to Israel/Palestine, including "Condition Critical: Life and Death in Israel/Palestine."
She directed the documentary film, Voices Across the Divide, and is currently working on a middle grade children’s book, a young adult novel, and a memoir in verse. She serves on the board and as a mentor for the We Are Not Numbers program in Gaza, on the board of the Gaza Mental Health Foundation, and on the steering committee of Jewish Voice for Peace Health Advisory Council.
Lisbeth Meléndez Rivera, MAL, is a 30+ year veteran of the LGBTQ and labor movements, with extensive experience organizing and training at the intersections of sexual orientation, gender identity, racial/ethnic identity, and culture related explicitly to communities of color in the United States. She has crisscrossed the country, training workers and community leaders in organizing, leadership development, and community building strategies from a grassroots perspective. Most recently, Lisbeth was the Director of Faith Outreach & Training at the Human Rights Campaign. She is a graduate of the United Theological Seminary with a master’s in Theology and Social Transformation.
Don't miss the chance to hear from these two remarkable women and learn more about the vital work of Jewish Voice for Peace!