Thank You
By Marcia Freedman, Founding President

Stepping down from her role as founding president, Marcia Freedman offers her reflections on the past five years and says "thank you" to Brit Tzedek v'Shalom. Steven David Masters will assume the presidency November 1;  please look for a message from him next week.

In deep appreciation of the invaluable contributions that Marcia has made to this organization and to the American Jewish peace movement, Brit Tzedek has established a scholarship fund in her honor.  To contribute to the fund, please click here.

After five years as founding president, my time has come to step down and enable a younger generation to assume leadership of this fast-growing and increasingly powerful movement of American Jews.

I am very proud to have been part of growing Brit Tzedek since its earliest days. From one season to the next I have been repeatedly surprised, astonished even, to see how our efforts, as underfunded and understaffed as they have been and are, have paid dividends in growth, organizational capacity, reach, and influence on the Hill and within our community.

Over these years, we have been through many highs and lows together: the Second Intifada, the Geneva Initiative, the Gaza withdrawal, the rise of Hamas, the Lebanon War, the violence on Israel’s southern border, and now an imminent international peace conference the outcome of which is still very much in doubt.

Through it all we have managed to be remarkably focused on our mission – a negotiated two-state resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. And we have done so with a unified and clear message communicated locally by hundreds of volunteer leaders throughout the country, communicated nationally to tens of thousands of volunteer activists over the internet, and communicated in Washington by our dedicated professional staff, our netroots, and our national volunteer leadership.

I thank every one of you for whatever role you’ve played in this very complex and very grassroots common effort of ours, for your consistent support and your participation. It’s been my privilege to preside over these first five ovular years.

I thank you all, deeply, for the privilege of leading this organization.

The Marcia Freedman Scholarship Fund provides scholarships for activists to attend Brit Tzedek's national meetings and trainings. To contribute to the fund, click here.

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