Say Yes to Peace Talks


Brit Tzedek's Rabbinic Call, ­"Kindle the Lights of Peace"- is generating great excitement among American rabbis and cantors across denominations and across the country.  The Call--urging American Jewish support for the upcoming Annapolis conference and encouraging presidential candidates to support Israeli-Palestinian peace-- has garnered more than 400 signers in just one week! (It closes for signers on Sunday.)

We want to publish a full-page ad in the Jewish Forward next week featuring the Call and signer list; it costs $4030 plus design fees.  We would like to publish it in other newspapers as well--The New York Times charges a minimum of $51,030--but this can’t happen without your help. 

Will you donate $50, $100, $500, $1000 or whatever you can to help us publish ads? Donate now.

Just look at the list of signers below! With the Annapolis Peace Conference less than two weeks away, we need to get out the word that American Jews support this conference as a launching pad to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, and that we expect success. 

To do that, we need your help.  Please donate as generously as you can.

A partial list of signers follows:

*Rabbi Arnold Jacob Wolf, Emeritus, KAM Isaiah Israel Congregation
*Rabbi David Gordis, President, Hebrew College
*Rabbi Toba Spitzer, President, Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association
*Rabbi Yitzhak Greenberg, former Chairman of the United States Holocaust
Memorial Council
*Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell, Co-President, Women's Rabbinic Network
*Rabbi David Shneyer, President,  Ohalah (Assn of Rabbis for Jewish Renewal)
*Cantor Linda Hirschhorn
*Rabbi Peter Knobel, Beth Emet, the Free Synagogue
*Rabbi Lewis Barth, former Dean, Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of
Religion, Los Angeles campus
*Rabbi Amy Eilberg, first ordained female Conservative Rabbi

See a complete list of signers here

We need your help.  Please donate now.

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A Rabbinic Call to the American Jewish Community
Kindle the Lights of Peace

As we approach the festival of Chanukah, we American rabbis and cantors call on the American Jewish community to rekindle our commitment to Israeli-Palestinian peace. When we light candles at this darkest time of the year, may we nurture hope for a lasting peace settlement after too many years of violence and despair. If we learn anything from the story of Chanukah, it is that even when circumstances appear grim - perhaps especially then - hope and courage are vital.

At the upcoming Annapolis peace conference, the parties to the conflict will have their first substantive face-to-face meeting in nearly seven years to launch final-status negotiations. For many of us, the heady optimism and promise we felt while witnessing the Clinton peace talks seem like distant dreams. Yet, we must remain alert to the real opportunities emerging right now that need our support.

We urge the American Jewish community to stand behind the conference as it attempts to launch a negotiation process with the goal of a viable Palestinian state, living side-by side and in peace with a secure Israel. We cannot emphasize strongly enough that Israel's long-term peace and security require that this conference be a true starting point for a real, sustained peace process, one characterized by consistent U.S. diplomatic engagement and tangible improvements in living conditions and security for both Israelis and Palestinians.

The next American president will play a critical role in determining whether the results of steps initiated at Annapolis lay the foundation for a final status peace agreement. A large measure of our hopes for peace will be entrusted to whoever wins the 2008 election, and as such, it is crucial that we communicate to all the candidates that a truly pro-Israel president will, with the support of the vast majority of American Jews, do everything in his or her power to bring about a negotiated two-state resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

May the spirit of peace and the light of justice illumine the vision of our leadership for the benefit of our people and our world this Chanukah.

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