ASK YOUR RABBI TO SIGN BY THIS FRIDAY, MARCH 3rd:
 Help Us Publish the Letter From American Rabbis to the President

Brit Tzedek's rabbinic letter to the President in response to the Palestinian elections has garnered over 200 rabbinic signers to date. We need your help to get more rabbis signed on by March 3.  We need your financial assistance to publish the letter in the Forward and if we can raise sufficient funds in a national paper such as the New York Times.

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Your rabbi can sign the letter at rabbisletter.btvshalom.org (It also includes the full text of the letter and FAQs.)

You can send an email inviting your rabbi and other rabbis you know to sign this letter at ga3.org/campaign/rabbis_letter/forward.

This letter supports the President's demand that Hamas recognize Israel and renounce terrorism, but it also encourages him to proceed cautiously so as to leave the door open for renewed negotiations. It urges the President to "constructively engage" with moderate Palestinians like President Abbas and to maintain urgent humanitarian assistance to the Palestinian people.

Ask your rabbi to join the more than 200 rabbis that have already signed on, including:
* Congregations and organizations for identification purposes only.
  • Rabbi Paul Menitoff (Former Executive Vice President, Central Conference of American Rabbis)

  • Rabbi Elliot Dorff (Rector, Professor, University of Judaism)

  • Rabbi Lewis Barth (Dean, Hebrew Union College, Los Angeles)

  • Rabbi Arnold Jacob Wolf (Rabbi Emeritus, K.A.M. Isaiah Israel, Chicago)

  • Rabbi Brant Rosen (President, Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association)

  • Rabbi Ben-Zion Gold (Director Emeritus, Harvard Hillel)

  • Rabbi Lynne Landsberg (Former Regional Director, Mid-Atlantic Council of the Union for Reform Judaism)

  • Rabbi J. Rolando Matalon (Rabbi, Congregation B'nai Jeshurun, New York City)

  • Rabbi Peter S. Knobel (Rabbi, Beth Emet the Free Synagogue, Evanston, IL)

  • Rabbi Nancy Fuchs Kreimer (Former President, Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association)

  • Rabbi John Friedman (Rabbi, Congregation Judea Reform, Durham, NC) 

  • Rabbi Joshua Levine-Grater (Rabbi, Pasadena Jewish Temple and Center, Pasadena, CA) 

  • Rabbi Amy Eilberg (Co-founder, Yedidya, Center for Jewish Spiritual Direction)

  • Rabbi Burton Visotzky (Professor, Jewish Theological Seminary, New York City) 

  • Rabbi Richard Levy (Director, School of Rabbinic Studies, Hebrew Union College, Los Angeles)

Read the full list of signers here.


Please reach out to your rabbi this week with a short phone call or email. Click here for a sample email.

View press coverage of the letter here.

FULL TEXT OF THE LETTER FROM AMERICAN RABBIS TO THE PRESIDENT (also available here: rabbisletter.btvshalom.org)

Dear Mr. President,

As leaders of the American Jewish community, we are deeply troubled by the recent victory of Hamas in the Palestinian legislative elections. Hamas's charter calls for the destruction of Israel, and Hamas has repeatedly perpetrated horrific acts of terror and violence that target innocent civilians. Yet in this challenging hour, we urge you to maintain a cautious approach to the new Palestinian government, so as to preserve the future possibility of bringing Israelis and Palestinians back to the negotiating table, which is the only path to achieve true peace and security for both peoples.

As you formulate U.S. policy towards these ends, we urge you to keep the following points in mind:


    1) According to international observers, the Palestinians conducted a free, fair, and democratic election, something that is still too rare in this region.

    2) Nevertheless, for the new Hamas-led Palestinian government to achieve international recognition and standing, it must "recognize Israel, disarm, reject terrorism, and work for lasting peace," just as you specified in your State of the Union address last month.

    3) Despite Hamas's victory, recent polls indicate that the majority of Palestinians remain committed to a peace agreement with Israel. With this in mind, we urge constructive engagement with the new Palestinian government, in ways that bolster moderates such as President Mahmoud Abbas and sustain the ceasefire that has allowed for relative calm over the past year.

    4) The immediate and short-term needs of the Palestinian people are pressing. We know that the exacerbation of their plight only increases support for extremism, which, in turn, endangers Israel. Continued funding for indirect assistance to the Palestinian people via NGO's, with the appropriate conditions to ensure that it does not reach the hands of terrorists, is essential.

During this period of deep concern for the future of Israel, we call on you to maintain determination in the face of those who deny Israel's right to exist and, at the same time, to leave open the door for those Palestinians who are committed to working for a negotiated, two-state resolution of this conflict.

Sincerely,


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