Dear Member,

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 happen.

Warm regards,

Diane Balser, Executive Director


Brit Tzedek v'Shalom, The Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace
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