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Brit Tzedek v'Shalom

Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace




Updates from the Director
July 7, 2002

Dear Brit Tzedek v'Shalom Members and Supporters,

Over the past two months Brit Tzedek board and members have been very busy building the foundations for our new organization. We're very excited by the enthusiastic reception we are getting, not only from grassroots activists but also from Jews who are active in the mainstream Jewish community. Below are some highlights.

-- More than paid 550 members in 29 states and Washington, DC and nearly 1000 supporters on our general list-serve.

-- Two successful fundraisers to kick off chapters in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area that drew 180 people and raised nearly $25,000.

-- 95 members of the Brit Tzedek Advisory Council of whom approximately one-third are rabbis. Members include Gloria Steinem, Steven B. Cohen, Grace Paley, Rabbi Arthur Waskow and Adrienne Rich. (Please see our web page at www.btvshalom.org for the full list.)

-- Nine active member committees: Media, Education, Delegations, Public Policy and Advocacy, Membership, College Outreach. Israeli Peace Groups Support, Finance and Fundraising, and Website. We're looking for someone with appropriate experience to take leadership of our Finance Committee so that Finance and Fundraising can each focus on their separate domains.

-- New chapters forming in 14 cities: Boston, New Haven, New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Philadelphia, Seattle, Houston, Tucson, Minneapolis, Louisville and Santa Fe.

-- Growing coverage in the Jewish media including feature articles and requests to respond to current events. Our New York City fundraiser was covered in the May 31st 2002 issue of the Forward. See "N.Y. Liberal Elite Gathers To Back New Peace Group". For more see the "Brit Tzedek In The Media" section of our web page at www.btvshalom.org

Aliza Becker was hired as Brit Tzedek's Acting Director in mid-June. Aliza took a lead role in the organizing committee of our founding conference and served on the board prior to being appointed. She has extensive experience in non-profit management and education. Aliza was the founder of the Chicago-based Jewish Peace Forum and comes from a family with long-time Labor Zionist roots.

Elliot Figman was elected to replace Aliza Becker on the board of directors. Elliot has been the Executive Director of Poets & Writers, Inc., the nation's largest nonprofit organization for creative writers, since 1981.

We can use your help in building Brit Tzedek into a major force within the U.S. Jewish community. For information about joining a committee, forming or joining a chapter, or anything else, contact us at info@btvshalom.org

Yours,

Aliza Becker, Acting Director
Brit Tzedek v'Shalom

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