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
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
Thank you for strengthening our voice with your tzedukah.
L'shana tovah umetukah,
Brit Tzedek v'Shalom, The Jewish Alliance for Justice and
11 E. Adams Street, Suite 707
Phone: (312) 341-1205
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