Steven David Masters,
On behalf of the board of directors, I would
like to congratulate Steven David Masters on his becoming
President-Elect of Brit Tzedek v'Shalom. As Brit Tzedek's first
President-Elect, Steve will serve as a member of the Executive
Committee, will continue to be a leader of Brit Tzedek's
advocacy efforts, and will play a leading role in our
fundraising efforts. He will become our second President in
November of 2007.
Steve was one of 16 people involved in the founding of Brit
Tzedek in April 2002. As a member of the Conference Organizing
committee Steve helped develop our founding principles and
organize our founding conference. Steve has served on the
board of directors from our creation as well as serving several
years on the Executive Committee. He has held many of our key
leadership positions, including chair and co-chair of Advocacy
and national spokesperson. Steve founded the Philadelphia
Chapter of Brit Tzedek v'Shalom, building it from a local group,
the Progresssive Zionist Alliance, which he had founded one year
prior to the founding of Brit Tzedek.
Steve has been involved with pro-Israel pro-peace politics
since high school. As a freshman, he won the Jerusalem
Quiz, a Chicago-wide academic contest and received a free
round-trip ticket to Israel. He first traveled to Israel after
graduation from high school and lived in the Ben Shemen youth
village near Ramle. During his freshman year at Yale, Steve
served as the AIPAC representative on campus. That year he also
encountered then-Hillel Director Rabbi Arnold Jacob Wolf, a
member of Brit Tzedek's Honorary Board, who opened his eyes in a
While living in a Progressive
Zionist Caucus bayit in Jerusalem in the mid 1980s, Steve served
as a Consultant on Foreign Law for the Jerusalem based
Association for Civil Rights in Israel, founded the Jerusalem
chapter of Israelis Against Apartheid and lectured on the
Israeli-Palestinian conflict for the Moshe Sharet Institute of
the World Labor Zionist Movement. In the late 1980s, Steve was a
national and local leader in New Jewish Agenda and was Assistant
Director of the Jewish Peace Lobby in the early
Steve also was a founding member and past
board member of his synagogue, Congregation Mishkan Shalom, and
has served over 13 years on the board of the Jewish Community
Relations Council, first as the representative of the Jewish
Labor Committee and the Jewish Reconstructionist Federation, and
then later as an at-large delegate. He was also an officer of
the local chapter of the American Jewish Congress and led its
Commission on Israel and International Affairs in the late
1990s. From 2002 to 2006 he was a national board member of
MeretzUSA, which supports the Progressive Zionist Israeli
political party Meretz.
Steve is married to Dr. Beulah Trey and is the proud father
of two sons, Ari Shalom and Charlie Noam.
Brit Tzedek would also like to congratulate the following
newly reelected board members: Aaron Ahuvia, David Albert,
Cherie Brown, Elliot Figman, John Friedman, Ivan Handler, David
Matz, and Donna Spiegelman.
Marcia Freedman, President
Brit Tzedek v'Shalom, The Jewish Alliance
for Justice and Peace
11 E. Adams Street, Suite
Chicago, IL 60603
Phone: (312) 341-1205
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