Echoes Heard Across the Nation and the World
The great faith that change is possible is the central
message of our Yamim Noraim, our Days of Awe. May we have no
less faith that a new way is possible in the Middle East, that
the vigorous, nonviolent pursuit of peace is not a naïve
dream, but our only real hope.
Rabbinic Call to the American Jewish Community
Todah rabah (thank you very much) to the more than
300 rabbis and
cantors who signed "A Rabbinic Call to the
American Jewish Community: Seek Peace and Pursue
It" and to all of our supporters who encouraged them to do
so. Please thank any rabbis or cantors you know who signed
on for standing up for Israel and for peace.
Organized by Brit Tzedek v'Shalom's Rabbinic Cabinet, the
call urges "the U.S. administration to re-engage with all of the
important players in this conflict, including Iran and Syria,
and to use its influence to promote political solutions rather
than polarization and conflict." The central message of the call
was echoed in Israel this past week in a petition, "The Order of
the Day: Preventing the Next War" (English) (Hebrew), signed by 68
renowned Israeli authors, academics and retired generals
including authors Amos Oz and A.B. Yehoshua, Nobel prize winner
Aaron Ciechanover and former head of military intelligence
General (Ret.) Shlomo Gazit. The petition calls on Prime
Minister Ehud Olmert to open peace negotiations with the
Hamas-led Palestinian government, Syria, and Lebanon.
Seek Peace and Pursue It along with the complete
list of signers was printed in the September 22, 2006 edition of
the Forward (see page 8). View the pdf here. Thank you to
everyone who donated towards the purchase of the ad.
Together, we raised $3000 towards its publication.
The call has generated publicity on the airwaves, in the press and in synagogues nationwide.
Rabbis John Friedman (Durham), Joshua Levine-Grater (Los
Angeles), Julie Saxe-Taller (San Francisco), Toba Spitzer
(Boston), and Joseph Wolf (Portland, OR) appeared on nine radio
talk shows to discuss the call including an interview with Ellen
Ratner of Talk Radio News Service that was distributed to 300
stations nationwide. We will be posting transcripts of
these shows on our website in the near future.
Rabbis Herbert Bronstein (Chicago), John Friedman (Durham),
and Steven B. Jacobs (Los Angeles) wrote pieces inspired by the call. We have heard
from a number of rabbis who are writing High Holiday sermons
echoing the message of the call. If your rabbi gave a relevant
sermon on Israel, please urge him or her to send a copy to the
chair of Brit Tzedek's Rabbinic Cabinet, Rabbi John Friedman, at
email@example.com. We will
be sharing a number of these sermons internally with the Cabinet
members and on our website in the future.
We always welcome new members to our Rabbinic
Cabinet. Please feel free to invite any rabbis
or cantors you know who are not already members. (For more
information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.)
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