The Madison-Rafah Sister City Project

February 22, 2016
Panel: Does Free Speech Apply to the Conversation on Israel?

Jewish Voice for Peace members in the Madison area are hosting an exciting event which we hope you will join:

Does Free Speech Apply to the Conversation on Israel?
A panel featuring Rabbi Michael Davis of Chicago and Two UW Madison SJP Students
Sequoya Public Library, 4340 Tokay Blvd. (at Midvale), Madison WI
Monday, February 22 at 7:00 PM

Madison area members of Jewish Voice for Peace invite you to hear three human rights activists discuss free speech challenges they have faced while working for peace and justice in Israel/Palestine. A Q&A will follow the formal part of the program.

Speakers include:
Rabbi Michael Davis
A founding member of the Jewish Voice for Peace Rabbinical Council, a former Israeli settler, and a longtime Chicago-based advocate for peace. He founded Reform Cantors of Chicago in 2009 and the Open Hillel Rabbinical Council in 2014. He has served on the faculty of the Hebrew Seminary in Skokie, IL. Rabbi Davis was born in the United Kingdom and grew up in Israel.

Amal Ayesh
Co-president of Students for Justice in Palestine at UW-Madison, and a biology major from Ramallah, Palestine. Her family moved to Milwaukee when she was 10 years old.

Glen Water
Chair of the Palestine Solidarity Caucus in the UW grad student union (TAA), a member of Students for Justice in Palestine and a PhD student in education policy studies. Glen teaches at a social justice English summer camp in Ramallah.

The program will be moderated by Ilana Rossoff, Midwest Regional Organizer for Jewish Voice for Peace. Ilana has been involved with Palestine solidarity activism since her college days at Hampshire College. The daughter of a Reform rabbi, she lives in Minneapolis.

Related to this event, we will be meeting with Ilana Rossoff, JVP’s Midwest Regional Organizer, to talk about starting a JVP chapter in Madison. If you are interested in being involved in a JVP chapter in Madison, please email zell_fran at