Denver chapter members Mark Belkin, Sara Jackson, and Randall Kuhn with Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) (second from right). 

Brit Tzedek Activists on the Move

Brit Tzedek activists across the country have been busy this past summer with a wide range of grassroots activities.

*Brit Tzedek was represented at the Democratic National Convention by a Denver chapter delegation -- Mark Belkin, Rabbi Stephen Booth-Nadav, Les Canges, Sara Jackson, and Randall Kuhn.  They attended a number of events, several at the invitation of the National Jewish Democratic Council. These included:

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    Rabbinic Cabinet member and Denver chapter activist Rabbi Stephen Booth-Nadav with Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN).
  • Middle East Policy and Jewish Community Outreach Discussion
  • Reception and cocktail party for Jewish Democratic members of Congress
  • "Can the Next President Make the Middle East Irrelevant?" - a panel/discussion sponsored by the New American Foundation
  • Square Table Discussion on "Practicing Politics with Jewish Values"
  • Reception hosted by J Street

"This was an important opportunity for Brit Tzedek to make its presence known and to build relationships in a more personal way."
Mark Belkin, Lakewood, CO

“I spoke with a number of Congressional representatives. I introduced myself, briefly explained about Brit Tzedek, and asked their thoughts on the best role we could play in affecting foreign policy.  The question really opened them up, and I found a lot of receptivity to our work.”
Rabbi Stephen Booth-Nadav, Denver, CO

Ralph Selinger, Chana Silberstein, Shirley Rausher, Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY), Gil Kulick, and Adam Esrig

    *In July and August our chapters held more than a dozen home district meetings with their Congressional representatives. Meetings were held in California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, Oregon, and Washington, and many more are scheduled in September.

    "Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) was highly supportive of appointing a special Middle East envoy.“
    Jan Jaben-Eilon, Marietta, GA

    "It was so exciting to have Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) meet our delegation at Brit Tzedek’s NYC office.  He was enthusiastic and positive about our work." 
    Shirley Rausher, New York, NY

    * This July, in an indication of the strong relationship between the Brit Tzedek Boston Chapter and influential, Jewish Congressional Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA), Frank cc'd David Strauss, the Boston Chapter's District Advocacy Coordinator, on an historic letter he sent to Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert regarding settlements. Frank's letter urged Olmert to consider how the Israeli government's inaction on dismantling settlements compromises Israel's position internationally, and poisons the atmosphere for peaceful resolution of Israel's conflict with the Palestinians. The Boston Chapter made sure to share the news of the representative’s important letter with the greater Boston Jewish community, through an op-ed by David Strauss in the Boston Jewish Advocate, as well as keeping its membership updated, via a chapter email. The Boston Chapter and Brit Tzedek's Advocacy Coordinator and Washington Liaison continue to work together to further the relationship with Barney Frank and his staff.
     
    *Chapter leaders participated in Democratic platform meetings across the country and gave input based on Brit Tzedek talking points. Other chapter leaders shared feedback through the Republican party's web-based initiative.

    2008 Democratic Middle East Platform
    2008 Republican Middle East Platform

    “It was inspiring as a grassroots activist to make a contribution to the platform of one of the major political parties.” David Albert, Austin, TX


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