Dear Friend of Brit Tzedek,


As founding president, I was recently honored by Brit Tzedek with the gift of a hand-embroidered tapestry emblazoned with Tzedek, tzedek tirdof - Justice, justice you shall pursue, reminding us that a commitment to justice and peace requires that we take action.

Now, at Rosh Hashanah, as you think about your tzedukah this year, we ask for your support for Brit Tzedek v'Shalom.

The pursuit of justice and peace – tzedek and shalom - is our work, and we are so grateful to you, our supporters, for having made this work your pursuit as well. The thousands of faxes, phone calls, emails and letters that you send to Congress and the White House; the work that you do in your local communities, and your financial support have made possible the remarkable trajectory our organization has followed in the five years since we were founded.  Please donate now

Brit Tzedek is now 36,000 strong with 39 chapters in cities across the country. Our advocacy achievements this past year are notable. Most recent is the prominent role our grassroots advocacy played in obtaining 36 cosponsors to date for the Feinstein-Lugar resolution, a bipartisan effort calling for active U.S. engagement to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, urging President Bush to appoint a Special Envoy for Middle East Peace, and welcoming the Arab League Initiative. By bringing 120 activists to Capitol Hill in June, we generated support for this resolution and a similar one in the House introduced by Rep. Susan Davis (CA) and have continued to build momentum throughout the summer. Our advocacy will begin anew for passage of both resolutions to strengthen the pursuit of peace.

Earlier in the year, we succeeded in moderating an effort by Sen. Bill Nelson (FL) and Sen. John Ensign (NV), via a Congressional letter to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice that would have banned US diplomatic contact with moderate Palestinians such as President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Salam Fayyad. Had it gone through as originally introduced, the current US contacts with the Palestinian Authority would have been barred.

Brit Tzedek’s 22-city tour with the leaders of Combatants for Peace brought Jewish audiences nationwide opportunities to hear firsthand the personal stories of Israelis and Palestinians. These former soldiers and militants have renounced violence and support diplomatic negotiations to establish a Palestinian state alongside Israel to resolve this tragic conflict. Our chapter activists organized events which reached over 16,500 people in synagogues, havurahs, campus Hillels and Jewish community centers across America and recruited thousands of new Brit Tzedek advocates for peace and justice.

Your generous ongoing support makes all of these achievements possible. Thank you for empowering our grassroots organization to change public awareness and influence national public policy. Please make your donation today.

Let us hope that together, with the shared resolve of many, this new year of 5768 will be a year of action in pursuit of justice.

Thank you for strengthening our voice with your tzedukah.

L'shana tovah umetukah,


Marcia Freedman
President


Brit Tzedek v'Shalom, The Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace
11 E. Adams Street, Suite 707
Chicago, IL 60603
Phone: (312) 341-1205
Fax: (312) 341-1206
info@btvshalom.org
www.btvshalom.org


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