Dear Friend of Brit Tzedek,

"Seek peace and pursue it..." Psalm 34 instructs us that it is not enough to want peace; we also must take action.

This is the work of Brit Tzedek, and, as a supporter of Brit Tzedek, it is your work too. As one of our generous contributors, we at Brit Tzedek are very grateful for your past support. We would like to ask that you consider a holiday contribution to further our work this New Year.

As the largest grassroots Jewish peace organization in the United States, with 35,000 supporters and 38 chapters, our call for peace is being heard. Brit Tzedek has been acknowledged within the American Jewish community as a principled alternative pro-Israel voice of conscience and purpose.

Last spring Brit Tzedek mobilized its grassroots in opposition to the highly punitive Palestinian Anti-Terrorism Act of 2006 (HR 4681). The bill was delayed, moderated, and though it eventually passed, it continues to be stalled in conference committee where it must be merged with the much less punitive Senate version of the bill.

Brit Tzedek's Rabbinic Cabinet garnered the signatures of 700 rabbis and cantors nationwide on a letter issued immediately following the Palestinian elections and a call made after the Lebanon War. The letter urged the president to maintain "constructive engagement with moderate Palestinians" and continued humanitarian aid. The call asks the U.S. administration to "reengage with all of the important players in this conflict," and "to use its influence to promote political solutions rather than polarization and conflict."

In the aftermath of the Second Lebanon War, with little assurance that it will be the last, it is a tough time to remain hopeful about peace in the Middle East. Nevertheless, there are winds of change, which are as yet breezes. The Israeli public is calling for a reassessment of Israel's military capacity and the political wisdom of its leaders. Other voices are joining together to call for international peace initiatives which bring all parties in the conflict to the table. Historically, this may prove to be a pivotal moment in the pursuit of peace.

Nurture our voice with your tzedukah this year, take action in pursuit of peace.

L'shana tovah umetukah,

Marcia Freedman

Brit Tzedek v'Shalom, The Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace
11 E. Adams Street, Suite 707
Chicago, IL 60603
Phone: (312) 341-1205
Fax: (312) 341-1206

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