REPORT FROM THE
Brit Tzedek’s Grassroots Respond to the Mideast
Grassroots activism among chapters across the country has
swelled in response to the current Mideast crisis. Our voices
have been and continue to be essential during this challenging
and difficult time.
|We send our deepest condolences to
Washington, DC Brit Tzedek chapter activist Judith Lelchook,
whose brother, David was killed by a Hezbollah missile on
Kibbutz Saar, on August 2, 2006. May his memory be for a
- in homes and in synagogues we have organized numerous
discussion groups; given talks and facilitated resource sharing
about the crisis;
- in the Jewish and mainstream media our grassroots
leaders are regularly cited for their alternative pro-Israel
- through the internet our grassroots have sent thousands
of messages to the Administration, urging diplomatic
intervention and a ceasefire;
- by phone and email many of us are reaching out to
support family and friends in the affected areas.
- at Jewish community rallies our pro-Israel, pro-peace
signs open up an important dialogue: “No More
Civilian Deaths: Ceasefire Now!” “For Israel's Sake:
US Engagement Now”; ” “Enough Bloodshed;
Enough Tears; Enough”
We are proud of our grassroots and pleased to share with you
some of our recent highlights.
Facilitating Conversation; Providing
- Brit Tzedek members across the country have opened their
homes in unprecedented numbers as a forum for community members
to learn about the situation and share their thoughts and
feelings in open and respectful environments.
- Several members of our Rabbinic Cabinet and Brit Tzedek
leaders have given talks and facilitated open discussions about
“the situation” in their synagogues.
- Brit Tzedek’s Los Angeles chapter co-sponsored a
public forum with Americans for Peace Now (APN) and Progressive
Jewish Alliance that brought out over 300 attendees.
Speakers included Brit Tzedek President Marcia Freedman,
alongside APN’s Arthur Stern, and Prof. David Meyers,
Director of the UCLA Center for Jewish Studies.
- Many chapters have organized meetings around listening to
Brit Tzedek town-hall conference
calls, followed by discussion and local program
- In those areas without chapters, Brit Tzedek has been
supporting the creation of networks for people to come together
and discuss the current Mideast crisis.
Taking the Brit Tzedek Message to our
Brit Tzedek chapters from Rhode Island to Los Angeles and
from Western Massachusetts to Seattle have participated in
Jewish community rallies. Wearing Brit Tzedek t-shirts and
carrying signs with our message, our chapters are seen as an
alternative pro-Israel voice at this critical time.
Taking Our Message to the Media
Brit Tzedekchapters have been covered in the
local and national media across the country. Our Philadelphia
chapter was on Fox News filmed during a local Jewish community
rally. Leadership of our Boston, Washington, DC and
Seattle chapters were quoted during their community rallies. The
Boston chapter was also on the New England Cable News Network.
Many of our activists have also taken up the call to write
Letters to the Editor, in both the Jewish and national press,
engaging readers with our message for an immediate ceasefire in
papers across the country [link to sample
Reaching out to Israelis, Lebanese, and
On an individual level, many chapter activists with family
and friends in the impacted areas have played an important role
in supporting loved ones. Our commitment to their well-being has
been very important in demonstrating our care and concern about
the people being affected by this war and breaking their
isolation during these difficult times.
In these difficult days, our message remains the same: We
stand for peace, because we stand for Israel. Thank you for all
that you do!
Recent Brit Tzedek Town Hall Calls on the Mideast
Naomi Chazan on getting from the
crisis to ceasefire (8/6/06)
Stephen Cohen and James Zogby on
the US role in the crisis (7/27/06)
Rabbi Arik Ascherman on the
humanitarian situation (7/23/06)
Daniel Levy on the Mideast Crisis
(7/16/06)Brit Tzedek's Resource Page on the Mideast
Crisis includes action alerts, talking points, and
regularly updated materials.
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