Steven David Masters, President-Elect

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 different direction.
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 1990s.
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
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Chicago, IL 60603
Phone: (312) 341-1205
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