Houston (713) 439-1202 Houston@ajc.org
Randall Czarlinsky, Chapter Director
The American Jewish Committee's Houston Chapter, founded in 1946 by local philanthropist Max Nathan, engages in advocacy on behalf of the State of Israel, safeguards the rights of Jews worldwide, promotes American pluralism, and enriches the quality of Jewish life in our community. The chapter provides leadership and guidance for several prominent city and statewide coalitions working on social justice issues that affect us as Americans and as Jews. Consisting of more than 500 families committed to religious freedom and church/state separation, AJC's Houston Chapter is a respected voice in our local political, religious, and academic arenas. As we work to protect human rights around the world, we are equally committed to strengthening our community and enriching the quality of life for all of our residents.
HOUSTON CHAPTER E–HIGHLIGHTS
THIS WEEK AUGUST 31, 2007
Rep. Gene Green discusses energy, Mid-east with AJC
The local Presbyterian-Jewish dialogue met this week and plans to convene clergy and leadership from seven Presbyterian churches and synagogues during Sukkot to discuss relationship building between the two communities. Tthe local dialogue group hasheld meetings for the past three years.
David Harris delivered the keynote address at the annual conference of the South African Jewish Board of Deputies. He also spoke to the South African Union of Jewish Students. Harris came as part of an AJC Africa Institute delegation. The group, led by Stanley Bergman, chair of AJC's Africa Institute, met with government officials, including Kgalema Motlanthe, secretary general of the African National Congress; S.G. Nene, deputy director general for Multilateral Affairs; and Manala Manzini, deputy director general for Intelligence. They also met with the Premier of the Western Cape, Ebrahim Rasool, and members of the South African Jewish community. This was the second AJC visit to South Africa in the last two months.
Mideast Briefing: Israeli-Palestinian Talks a Step Forward
Behind the scenes AJC is actively engaged in the domestic and international scene as an advocacy organization.
The Chapter's Israel Library Project, chaired by Helene Zadok, will donate 50 of Amb. Dennis Ross' new book, Statecraft, to the Houston Public Library Foundation next Thursday after Ross' address to a joint board meeting of AJC, ADL, AIPAC and the CRc.
The Chapter's Energy Task Force, co-chaired by Max Blankfeld and Dick Sherry, is organizing a January forum and reaching out to our faith and ethnic groups to co-sponsor.
Chapter staff participated in the Greater Houston Partnership's discussion with Congressman Nick Lampson on energy and immigration.
The Chapter's Development Commission met this week to review our Institute of Human Relations Award luncheon, Max Nathan dinner and the Crucial Issues Series. Attending were David Barish, Ellen Grabois, Ben Samuels, David Scott, and Tracy Stein.
Thursday evening, October 18
ACCESS with Consuls General "Perspectives of the Middle East"
Sunday evening, November 11: ACCESS with Amy Jaffe on Energy Security
Monday, November 12: Institute of Human Relations Award Luncheon honoring Charles Foster, President, Tindall & Foster
Wednesday, Feb. 13 Annual Consular Corps Luncheon
featuring David Harris