Dear Brit Tzedek Supporter,
I write to you with great hope on the possibilities
We will soon have a new Administration, one that cannot
afford to wait seven years to take steps toward a peace
agreement and sustain it with a half-hearted commitment. I also
write with a broken heart from the ongoing violence; the
untimely deaths; and the lingering trauma.
It is at times like this that we must remember that
our voices, the voices of American Jews who care about peace for
Israel, are most needed. Please donate now.
I recently led a Brit Tzedek delegation to Israel and the
West Bank in a joint tour with Meretz USA. We met with
Israel's leading peace and human rights activists, along with
members of Knesset and both the Israeli and Palestinian Prime
Ministers. We heard the same refrain over and over again: "We
need to hear from American Jews now more than ever with your
strong and unwavering support for the peace process."
Please help Brit Tzedek spread our message of hope through your generous donation.
"We need your loud and vocal support as American Jews for the
peace process" is also what I hear again and again when I visit
with our allies in Congress. With your help we can
significantly grow our grassroots and bolster the political will
of Congress and the Administration to focus the parties on
reaching a peace agreement.
Your support for the work of Brit Tzedek will lay the
foundation for a stronger and more resilient commitment to peace
from Congress and the Administration.
In one of my favorite teachings for Passover from his
"Seder For The Children of Abraham, Hagar, and Sarah."
Rabbi Arthur Waskow eloquently relates our vision for peace with
Why do we break the matzah in two? Because the bread of
affliction becomes the bread of freedom --when we share it.
Because the Land that gives bread to two peoples must be divided
in two, so that both peoples may eat of it. So long as one
people grasps the whole land, it is a land of affliction, and no
one is nourished by it. When each people can eat from part of
the Land, it will become a land of freedom.
At each of our seders, we will once again ponder the
questions raised by the four types of children. Rabbi Waskow
poses four different questions:
The angry child asks:
"Why should I compromise any further
over Gaza has brought us thousands of
The naive child asks:
"Why can't we just love each
The frightened child asks:
"How can I be safe?"
The wise child asks:
"How can we take the steps that walk in
peace, toward peace?"
To the angry child we say:
We must not let our justified anger at attacks on innocents
blind us from seeking true security through negotiations. Indeed
since 2007 Brit Tzedek has called on the U.S. to support a
negotiated cease-fire between Israel and Hamas, a position now
being held by 64% of Israelis.
To the naïve child we say: Listen to
the voices of Israeli and Palestinian peoples and from them you
shall learn. In March Brit Tzedek sponsored an 11-city
tour with the Israeli and Palestinian co-directors of the
award-winning think tank: Israel-Palestine Center for Research
and Information. In February we sponsored a tour by veteran
Israeli soldiers from Breaking the Silence about their service
during the second Intifadah.
To the frightened child we say: Listen to
the voices of the more than 1,000 rabbis and cantors from across
the denominational spectrum, from Reform to Orthodox who support
our peace initiatives.
To the wise child we say: Come join us in Washington, DC June 21-24 to
become a better advocate for peace and bring a truly pro-Israel
message to Congress and the Administration.
Please honor us this Passover with your gift to support justice and
B'shanah haba'ah b'yerushalayim malei shalom -- Next
year may we all find a Jerusalem filled with peace,
Brit Tzedek v'Shalom, The Jewish Alliance
for Justice and Peace
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