Dear Friends of Brit Tzedek,
As we welcome Chanukah into our homes, let us rededicate
ourselves to bringing peace to Israelis and Palestinians. Brit
Tzedek needs your renewed support to carry on this vital work.
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The bold pledge made by Prime Minister Olmert and President
Abbas at the recent Annapolis Conference to conclude
negotiations for a final status peace agreement by the end of
2008 is a stunning victory for the peace camp. With your continued support, Brit Tzedek will
be well positioned to help make their pledge a
The dancing lights of the candles help us recall the courage
of the Maccabees in the face of overwhelming odds. In our own
time we face the skepticism of many American Jews that the
Annapolis conference can produce a real breakthrough. I
firmly believe that if we support Annapolis rather than succumb
to our skepticism, if we demonstrate beyond a shadow of a doubt
to the White House, to members of Congress, and to the
Presidential candidates that American Jews stand behind genuine
peace efforts – we can change history.
Bayamim haheim, baz’man hazeh ––
in the days of the Maccabees, it took a miracle to stretch one
day’s worth of oil into eight days of light. In five
years, we have accomplished what few thought possible and are in
a key strategic position to mobilize popular support to set high
expectations for the upcoming peace negotiations. We have built
a vibrant pro-Israel, pro-peace organization, powerful enough to
influence Congressional and Administration actions and shape the
debate inside the Jewish community.
While none would call what Brit Tzedek has accomplished a
"miracle", these actions are without doubt heroic exploits along
the path toward peace.
The Year In Review – An Impressive
Record Of Accomplishment
Last winter, Brit Tzedek brought a message of hope to
thousands of Jews in 22 cities throughout the country with our
“Let’s Talk” campaign and the highly
successful tour of Israeli and Palestinian leaders of Combatants
for Peace. We need your continued support to bring more
courageous speakers into the Jewish community throughout the
In June, your support helped gather over 120 activists
from 25 states in Washington, DC for our Grassroots Leadership
Training Institute and National Advocacy Days. With your
continued support, Brit Tzedek can bring even more activists to
DC next year. Please donate today.
We helped secure 37 cosponsors—over one-third of the
Senate––for the bipartisan Feinstein-Lugar
resolution which welcomes the Arab League Peace Initiative,
calls on President Bush to make a two-state solution a
“top priority” and urges him to appoint a special
U.S. envoy for Middle East peace.
In October, Representatives Gary Ackerman (D-NY) and Charles
Boustany (R-LA) authored the first ever Congressional
Jewish-Arab Dear Colleague letter. The letter conveys strong,
bipartisan Congressional support both for Secretary Rice’s
efforts to convene the Annapolis peace conference and for
additional steps to enhance the conference’s success.
After the introduction of this letter, Brit Tzedek’s
Washington office and grassroots supporters shifted into high
gear and in the end secured a record 135 signers, including
twelve Jewish Representatives.
By increasing your support, Brit Tzedek can
achieve even greater advocacy victories.
In November, our Rabbinic Cabinet mobilized 518 Jewish clergy
from across the country to sign Brit Tzedek’s Rabbinic
Call to the American Jewish Community: “Kindle the Lights
of Peace,” to support the Annapolis peace conference and
encourage all of the presidential candidates to support
Israeli-Palestinian peace. The Call was published in the Jewish
Forward and the rabbis who were architects of this call appeared
on talk shows from coast to coast. With your continued
support, Brit Tzedek can mobilize even more rabbis and
Our New Campaign – Let’s
Talk To The Candidates!
Back in 2002, we in Brit Tzedek introduced ourselves with the
slogan, “There’s more than one way to be
Pro-Israel.” This fall, as part of our new
“Let’s Talk to the Candidates” campaign, I met
with key policy advisors to a presidential frontrunner, briefing
them about Brit Tzedek’s message for the next president. A
big smile came across my face as I heard one of those advisors
recite our slogan back to us word for word as he explained his
candidate’s view of opinions in the Jewish community.
Our “Let’s Talk to the Candidates” campaign
is our most far-reaching campaign yet. The idea is a simple one:
candidates for President and Congress need to know that American
Jews want to see the Annapolis peace process succeed, and that
we expect “support” for Israel to include specific
plans for brokering a final-status peace agreement. We
need your continued support to make this campaign a resounding
success in communities throughout the nation.
In Every Age A Hero Or Sage Came To Our
Your renewed support for Brit Tzedek’s work makes you a
hero in our eyes. Your gift of $250, $500, $1,000, $5,000,
$10,000 or more brings us much closer to our dream of an Israel
living in peace with its neighbors. Please give now.
May you and your family have a Chanukah filled with light,
joy and peace.
Steve Masters, President
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individuals age 70 ½ or over to directly transfer
tax-free up to $100,000 per year to an eligible charitable
organization such as Brit Tzedek from their IRA. If you would
like to consider a gift of this type, our national office will
be happy to assist you.
Brit Tzedek v'Shalom, The Jewish Alliance
for Justice and Peace
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