Brant Rosen is AFSC’s Midwest Regional Director. Prior to joining AFSC in 2014, Brant worked as a congregational rabbi, serving Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation in Evanston, IL for seventeen years. Brant is the co-founder and co-chair of the Jewish Voice for Peace Rabbinical Council and the co-founder, with Rabbi Brian Walt, of the Jewish Fast for Gaza. A longtime activist for peace and justice, he is the author of the social-justice focused blog “Shalom Rav.” Brant's book, “Wrestling in the Daylight: A Rabbi’s Path to Palestinian Solidarity” was published in 2012 by Just World Books.
Brant frequently lectures on the subject of Israel-Palestine, the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, the effects of U.S. militarism at home and abroad, and liberation theology. He has been active in various peace and justice groups, including Jewish Voice for Peace, Friends of Sabeel – North America, Arise Chicago, IIRON North, and the Chicago Religious Leadership Network.
Brant has been interviewed frequently on Chicago Public Radio and been written for or been quoted in the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, Ha’aretz, and the Jewish Forward. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the “Inspiration for Hope” award from the Middle East Program of AFSC Chicago and the “Peace Award” from Evanston Friends Meeting.
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