Dear Friend of Brit Tzedek,
As we celebrate Chanukah this year, let us be grateful
that miracles are still possible. Three years ago, most people
thought that building a grassroots Jewish peace movement in the
US was impossible. Yet, Brit Tzedek is today over 30,000 people
and 32 chapters strong nationwide.
As you distribute your Chanukah gelt, please consider the
miracle of Brit Tzedek that you’ve helped make happen and
the potential still to be realized as we continue to organize a
new Jewish movement. Help Brit Tzedek make the American Jewish
community the bold advocate for peace that Israelis and
Palestinians desire. Please give
as generously as you can.
With your support, we’ve accomplished a great deal
In December, during its first weeks in business, our new
Washington, DC office spearheaded a mass mobilization in support
of the Hyde-Capps letter, a congressional initiative commending
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice for her role in brokering an
Israeli-Palestinian agreement on the Rafah border-crossing.
Under the guidance of the Washington office, Brit Tzedek’s
grassroots constituency contacted the offices of 181
Congressional representatives, 108 of whom signed on to the
letter. Our chapters’ impact was acknowledged from Rhode
Island to California, in many cases with personal notes or calls
from the Congressional staff.
In May, our chapters held 50 meetings with elected
representatives in their district offices. Then, in June, 60
Brit Tzedek members gathered in Washington for a day of
high-level briefings followed by meetings with administration
officials and congressional members and
A week later, a record 100 US Representatives heeded our
call by voting against imposing restrictions on aid to the
Palestinians. Many key Jewish leaders supported Brit
Tzedek’s position, including Representatives Gary Ackerman
(D-NY), Howard Berman (D-CA), Barney Frank (D-MA), Jan
Schakowsky (D-IL), Steve Rothman (D-NJ), and Robert Wexler
Many of our chapters became increasingly involved in
their local Jewish Community Relations Councils and Federations.
In October, our North Carolina chapter organized a Brit
Tzedek-designed listening project that was attended by local
leaders from a broad spectrum of organizations including the
Jewish Federation, AIPAC, and Tikkun.
In February, we held a national conference in New York
City that drew nearly 700 participants from across the United
States, Canada, Europe, and Israel. Keynote speakers included MK
Colette Avital, J.J. Goldberg, Amjad Atallah, the late Rabbi
Balfour Brickner, Amnon Lipkin-Shahak, and Saffiya Shillo. Over
40 workshops were led by leading scholars, politicians, and
We brought important Israeli and Palestinian activists
and opinion leaders to our Jewish communities, including Geneva
Accord co-architect Yossi Beilin, Breaking the Silence
organizers Avichay Sharon and Noam Chayut, pilot refuser Yonatan
Shapira, American Task Force on Palestine executive director
Rafi Dajani, and Chaim Yavin (known as Israel’s
But to sustain our work, we need your support now. You
can contribute online at https://secure.btvshalom.org/index_ga.shtml.
With your help in the coming year we can:
Build our new Washington, DC office into an influential
pro-Israel, pro-peace presence on Capitol Hill.
Bring Brit Tzedek activists to Capitol Hill several times
a year to urge active US engagement in facilitating the peace
Organize regional conferences in San Francisco, Chicago,
and Washington, DC to train our activists in effective community
There are no quick fixes; peacemaking requires a
sustained effort. We are asking you to support our efforts to
broaden and deepen our outreach to Jews throughout the US.
Please give as generously as you can, be it $50 or $5,000 or
more. Keep the miracle rolling.
I extend my personal best wishes to you and your loved
ones for a happy Chanukah and to the entire world for a peaceful
P.S. The Katrina Emergency Tax Relief Act of 2005 allows
some higher-income taxpayers to qualify for new tax breaks for
donations given to any tax-exempt public charity (excluding
donor-advised funds) before January 1, 2006. To learn more see:
Brit Tzedek v'Shalom, The Jewish Alliance
for Justice and Peace
11 E. Adams Street, Suite
Chicago, IL 60603
Phone: (312) 341-1205
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