We are living in dynamic times, and Brit Tzedek v'Shalom is
uniquely positioned to take advantage of the potential it
offers. We have mobilized our base of supporters to enable us
together with our allies to encourage new initiatives by the
Obama administration. Our achievements thus far serve as our
bedrock, and we are poised to actively support Obama to
keep his word to lead successful efforts to broker
Israeli-Palestinian peace. Please give generously to Brit Tzedek today.
Since the election, I've been in ongoing contact with members
of the Obama-Biden Transition Team. I will be attending a
meeting they are convening for leaders of major Jewish
organizations on Thursday, December 18, and will be presenting
the Transition Team at that time with our Rabbinic Letter to President-elect Obama,
signed by nearly 900 rabbis from across the denominational
spectrum, and urging the new President to act decisively for a
peace agreement within his first year in office.
Over the course of 2008, our chapters were deeply involved in
the Presidential and Congressional elections, holding community
election forums, contributing to platform committee
deliberations, and meeting with candidates for Congress. Our
Denver chapter sent a delegation to the Democratic national
convention, where they were able to network extensively
with both Congressional members and Jewish leaders.
As I write this, the chapters are planning, or have held,
scores of home district meetings with members of Congress,
relaying our expectation that peace be made a priority in
2009. Tomorrow, December 17, for example, the
Chicago chapter will meet with Rep. Jan Schakowsky, St. Louis
chapter with Rep. Russ Carnahan, DC Area chapter with Rep. Donna
Edwards, and New York City chapter with Rep. Edolphus
Towns. Please help us continue this important work by
making a donation.
Over the course of this past year, our 38 chapters organized
over 150 activities including speaking events with NPR's Linda
Gradstein; former Meretz leader Yossi Beilin; Gershon Baskin and
Hanna Siniora, directors of the Israel-Palestine Center for
Research and Information; and noted author Sandy Tolan. Chapters
tabled extensively at Jewish community events, and many
organized around Israel's 60th anniversary, bringing our
pro-Israel, pro-peace message to the heart of our community.
Our Rabbinic Letter was signed by such prominent figures as
Rabbis Rachel Cowan, Arthur Green, Ismar Schorsch, and Toba
Spitzer. We have placed 14 ads in Jewish papers across the
country featuring local signers. Chapters have been networking
with signatories, working hard to bring their synagogues into
our grassroots network.
The road to peace is neither easy nor short. But peace can be
achieved, if we dedicate ourselves to the task. Please
help Brit Tzedek continue this crucial work.
We are primed and ready to make 2009 a historic year. Please donate today to help us make this
Diane Balser, Executive Director
Brit Tzedek v'Shalom, The Jewish
Alliance for Justice and Peace
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Chicago, IL 60603
Phone: (312) 341-1205
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