Fundraising: Rabbi Michael Lerner’s Visit

DEAR FRIENDS:

PLEASE CONTRIBUTE TO BRINGING RABBI LERNER TO VANCOUVER TO HEAR MORE ABOUT HIS APPROACH TO SOLUTIONS FOR BOTH ISRAEL AND PALESTINE!

$10,000 IS REQUIRED TO BRING THE FORWARD-THINKING RABBI LERNER TO VANCOUVER.  TO DATE, DONATIONS OF $6,800 HAVE BEEN RAISED BY A VARIETY OF SPONSORS.  WE NOW NEED TO RAISE AN ADDITIONAL $3,200 IN ORDER TO PAY FOR THE REMAINING EXPENSES.  YOUR KINDNESS AND GENEROSITY WILL BE MUCH APPRECIATED.

PLEASE ADDRESS ALL CHEQUES TO:

THE INTERSPIRITUAL CENTRE

308 – 877 East Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC V6A 3Y1

Earmarked “Lerner Visit — BBV”

Have you had a chance to read Rabbi Lerner’s interesting take on Embracing Israel/Palestine?

From the Publisher:  A major modern conundrum is how the Arab/Israel conflict remains unresolved and, seemingly, unresolvable. In this inspirational book, Rabbi Michael Lerner suggests that a change in consciousness is crucial. With clarity and honesty, he examines how the mutual demonization and discounting of each sides’ legitimate needs drive the debate, and he points to new ways of thinking that can lead to a solution.

Lerner emphasizes that this new approach to the issue requires giving primacy to love, kindness, and generosity. It calls for challenging the master narratives in both Israel and Palestine as well as the false idea that “homeland security” can be achieved through military, political, economic, or media domination. Lerner makes the case that a lasting peace must prioritize helping people on all sides (including Europe and the U.S.) and that real security is best achieved through an ethos of caring and generosity toward “the other.”

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Fundraising:  Disappearing Palestine Ad

Building Bridges Vancouver (BBV),  in concert with Independent Jewish Voices (IJV), Boycott Israeli Apartheid Campaign (BIAC), Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights at UBC (SPHR),  Canada Palestine Support Network (CanPalNet), Canada Palestine Association (CPA) and Seriously Free Speech (SFS) have formed the Palestine Awareness Coalition in order to bring to public awareness the ongoing shrinking of Palestine from 1946 to the present day.

Skytrain ad 1

Bus ad 1

The first design above will soon be placed as a large wall mural at two TransLink Skytrain stations:  Waterfront and Vancouver Centre.  The second will be placed on the exterior of city buses over a four-week period. Similar campaigns have been launched in New York, San Francisco, Washington, DC and Portland, OR.  The four-map posters are also being used in various formats by organizations in several countries to bring public awareness to the reality faced by the people of Palestine.

Such advertising campaigns, of course, cost a great deal of money.  For the Vancouver project, $15,000 needs to be raised by the Coalition to pay Lamar, the transit advertising firm.  Fundraising has begun in earnest.  Individuals and organizations are being invited to join together in raising the necessary funds.  Please join us in bringing public awareness to this ongoing and urgent issue.

Please make cheques payable to:
Palestine Awareness Coalition

Mailing Address:
c/o Gail Miller
2007 – 130 A  St.
Surrey, B.C.  V4A 9K2

Thank you for your generosity!

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