October 7, 2011



                                     October 7, 2011 

Welcome to AJC's Houston e Newsletter.




AJC Houston's internet radio show air every Tuesday at 9 am. at www.uctcradio.com.    AJC's Chief Policy Officer Jason Isaacson
talked from Washington on foreign affairs and actions taking place 'under the dome' on Capitol Hill. His discussion replays at 10 am this Sunday on www.uctcradio.com.


On Oct. 11 Deidre Berger discusses Germany and the EU from Berlin.  

Steven Bayme, serves as AJC's Director of the Contemporary Jewish Life Department of the and of the Koppelman Institute on American Jewish-Israeli Relations, and will discuss "Ramifications of Jewish demographic trends in America and Israel" on Oct. 18.





Mon., Oct. 17

at 8 am

AJC Board meeting with Project Interchange Director Sam Witkin


Mon., Oct. 24 at 12:15 pm

AJC President's Council briefing with

Asst. Sec. of State Edith Brimmer


Tues., Oct. 25 at

12 noon

Presbyterian-Jewish dialogue


Wed., Oct. 26 at

8:15 am

AJC past president's council meeting


Wed., Nov. 2 at 8 am AJC's Bridging America Task Force planning meeting for immigration summit

Fri., Nov. 18 at 8:30 am

America's Table, a Thanksgiving Reader

presented by City of Houston Citizenship Week in conjunction


AJC Houston Region



 Sunday evening, December 4

AJC Consular Corps Chanukah Party





US Senate candidates foreign policy forum in conjunction with World Affairs Council Houston


Friday, Jan. 27 at

10 am

UN Holocaust Victim Observance at Holocaust Museum Houston


 Thank You to U.S. Armed Forces 

AJC President's Council to host Asst. Sec of State 

Dr. Edith Brimmer, US Asst. of Sec. of State  for the Bureau of International Organization Affairs, will address AJC Houston's President's Council on Monday, Oct. 24  to discuss America's engagement with Israel at the UN and multilaterally.  The Bureau strives to advance U.S. interests through international organizations in areas including human rights, peacekeeping, food security, humanitarian relief, and climate change.

Dr. Brimmer's previous government service included two years in the State Department's

Office of Policy Planning, where she worked on European Union, Western Europe, UN, and

multilateral security issues. Dr. Brimmer was also a member of the United States delegation

to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights in spring 2000. From 1993-1995 she

served as Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs. In that capacity she worked on UN, peacekeeping, human rights and political-military issues.


AJC advocates for Bishops residence permit

Over the past few months, AJC Houston has heard concerns from several religious leaders concerning the matter of the residence permit of the Episcopal bishop of Jerusalem, Suheil Dawani.  AJC was actively engaged with the government of Israel to seek a resolution of the issue from the outset and raised it with the Israeli authorities during  the special AJC mission in July  to learn of the situation of Christian communities in Israel.  This week, the matter was resolved and the Bishop received his permit.

AJC's international director of interreligious affairs in Jerusalem, Rabbi David Rosen, was interviewed by media in Israel on the matter and was quoted expressing AJC's satisfaction with this appropriate action none too soon. He stated that " in addition to the important contribution Bishop Dawani makes to understanding and tolerance among the faiths and peoples in the Holy Land, guaranteeing his capacity to fully serve his community is a demonstration  of Israel's democratic commitment  to guarantee freedom of religion to the different faith communities under its jurisdiction -  a principle to which AJC is committed universally." 


AJC expresses its disappointment with UNESCO

This week's decision by the UNESCO Executive Board to recommend that Palestine be admitted as a full member of the UN agency was seen as counter-productive by AJC.

 The UNESCO Executive Board comprises 58 members, of whom 40 voted in favor of the draft resolution, 14 abstained and four voted against.  The votes: 

Yes: Algeria, Argentina, Bangladesh, Belarus, Burkina Faso, Chile, China, Congo,  Cuba, 

DemocraticRepublic of Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, El Salvador, Ghana, Grenada, Haiti, India, 

Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mongolia, Morocco, Niger, Pakistan, 

Peru,  Philippines,  Russia, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sri Lanka, Syria,Tunisia, Tanzania, 

Uzbekistan,  Venezuela, Vietnam, Zambia, Zimbabwe

No: Germany, Latvia, Romania and the U.S. 

Abstention: Barbados, Belgium, Denmark, France, Greece, Italy, Ivory Coast, Japan,

Monaco, Poland,  Republic of Korea, Slovakia, Spain and St. Lucia.


The Palestinian request for membership will now be taken up by UNESCO's General Conference, which consists of the organization's 193 members. The General Conference's next session will take place from October 25 to November 10. Admission of new members requires the support of two-thirds of the organization's membership.  Admission of new members requires the support of two-thirds of the organization's membership. 


AJC Criticizes UN Security Council for Abandoning Syrian People

AJC called the dual veto of a UN Security Council resolution on Syria "a disgraceful abandonment" of the Syrian people.

"With the Chinese and Russian vetoes, the Security Council has turned its back on the Syrian people," said AJC Executive Director David Harris. "Tragically, the Assad regime will conclude from this disgraceful abandonment of international responsibility that it has carte blanche to continue its violent campaign." READ


AJC: Keystone Pipeline Key to Strengthening Energy Security

AJC has long advocated for a transition to a clean, renewable energy economy. Until this is accomplished, however, the Keystone pipeline should be part of short- and medium-term measures aimed at meeting U.S. oil demand. In addition, the steady flow of the Keystone supply may help curb gas-price hikes in the country. READ  


AJC Urges Congress to Ratify Free Trade Pacts with Colombia, Panama  

AJC is urging Congress to act swiftly to pass free trade agreements with key allies Colombia, Panama and South Korea, after President Obama submitted the pacts for final ratification. 





AJC is actively engaged in the domestic and international scene as a GLOBAL JEWISH ADVOCACY organization.


AJC's Bridging America Task Force met this week to finalize plans for a January 2012 Immigration Summit focusing on the socio-economic savings of immigration reform.  Participating in the discussion were: Mike Nichols, Marcia Nichols, Sheriff Adrian Garcia, Sylvia Garcia, Deisi Blankfeld, Martin Siegel, Richard Shaw, Charles Foster, and staff.


Episcopal Bishop Andy Doyle met with ADL and AJC representatives to discuss UDI and current affairs including immigration reform and the Episcopal Bishop of Jerusalem.  AJC participants included: Nat Levy, Randy Czarllinsky and Matt Kahn.


Presbyter Mike Cole met with Randy Czarlinsky and Matt Kahn to discuss the divestment resolution from certain companies trading with Israel that the Presbyterians will be discussing at their annual General Assembly.


Best regards,

Randy Czarlinsky



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