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 reality.

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 U.S.

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 cantors.

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 Aid

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

P.S. Congress has amended the Internal Revenue Code to allow 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.

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Chicago, IL 60603
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