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