Dear Friends of Brit Tzedek,
As we celebrate
Chanukah this year, let's remember that miracles
are possible. Four years ago, most people thought the rapid
growth of a grassroots Jewish pro-Israel, pro-peace movement
across America was impossible. Yet, here we are today with
35,000 supporters and 39 chapters, and our growth shows no signs
The generous support of our members accounts for more than
half of our entire annual budget. Without you there is no oil in
our Hanukah menorah. Without you, there is no Brit Tzedek. Please donate
We are optimistic about the possibilities for change in U.S.
foreign policy with respect to the Israeli-Arab conflict in
light of the Baker-Hamilton
recommendations. The Commission's frank reassessment
of what it means to be a good ally to Israel is clear: "The
United States does its ally Israel no favors in avoiding direct
involvement to solve the Arab-Israeli conflict." The
Commission's recommendations with respect to our issues
represent a victory for all who have worked for and contributed
to pro-peace, pro-Israel initiatives. Brit Tzedek is already
actively advocating for Congressional action based on the
Baker-Hamilton recommendations with respect to the
Israeli-Palestinian conflict and for their adoption by the Bush
As you receive this letter, Brit Tzedek chapters around the
country are having meetings in their districts with newly
elected or re-elected members of Congress. In January, Brit
Tzedek's leadership will spend a day on Capitol Hill visiting
with Members of Congress and key staff. We are in process of
launching an innovative, multilevel campaign, which will involve
grassroots, internet, and DC-based advocacy and communication,
called "Let's Talk." And we
are preparing to bring hundreds of Brit Tzedek grassroots
activists to Washington for four intensive days of training and
leadership development, as well as congressional visits.
This past year we introduced a new pro-Israel, pro-peace
rabbinic voice into the public discourse with two Rabbinic
Letters collectively signed by 700 rabbis and cantors from
across the country. Many are now members of our newly formed Rabbinic Cabinet,
which conjoins activism with spiritual leadership.
What we are most proud of during the year about to end is
that, of all the American Jewish peace groups, Brit Tzedek was
the ONLY one to call repeatedly for U.S. diplomacy to achieve an
immediate ceasefire shortly after the war started in Lebanon.
Across the country we participated in
Jewish community rallies and received extensive media
coverage for our pro-Israel, pro-ceasefire message.
We said, at the time, that it was a war that could not be won
and which would cost dearly in human life. Unfortunately, we
were right. Even now, the remains of unexploded Israeli-fired,
U.S.-made cluster bombs litter the villages and orchards of
southern Lebanon, causing injury and death. At the same time,
residents of northern Israel are still recovering from the
economic devastation and trauma of war.
World crises like these make Brit Tzedek's voice and message
vital for the future of peace. Every time we are heard, it is
because of you. When we issue action alerts, literally thousands
of you all around the country respond with phone calls, faxes,
emails and visits to congressional district offices.
We count on you to keep the miracle happening so that Brit
Tzedek's voice grows stronger across America. Your contribution
represents new voices you bring into the American Jewish
pro-Israel, pro-peace movement. With your help, they will be
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