Dear Member--

Even as we relish our participation
in J Street's highly successful
pro-Israel pro-peace conference,
we need to turn to the next step:
building a greater level of political
clout through an ambitious new
joint Brit Tzedek/J Street field
program. 
 
Our apologies if you are getting
this message twice.
-- Aliza Becker

Click here to support our
ambitious new field program.

Last week, with J Street's first national conference, we took a major step forward as a movement.

Reuters said we had "arrived as a serious participant in the foreign policy debate." [1] The BBC reported that we "filled a gap in the Washington Map." [2] The New York Times headline captured the moment, "A Moderate in America's Jewish Lobby Causes a Stir. [3]

It wasn't just the wall-to-wall media coverage -- General Jim Jones, President Obama's National Security Advisor, promised during his keynote that the Administration "will be represented at all future J Street conferences."

We've established ourselves on the national political scene, and now it's time to bring J Street -- and the movement we represent - to states and cities around the country.

That's why - with the energy from our conference still fresh and in partnership with Brit Tzedek v'Shalom's national grassroots network - we are launching an ambitious new national field operation with staff, activists, and chapters all over the country.

Our ability to bring the pro-peace pro-Israel message to your backyard depends on your financial support. Can we count on you to get this program off the ground?

Click here to chip in right now to help kick off our national field plan. 

Make no mistake -- the enforcers of an unsustainable status quo have marked J Street and our entire movement for political destruction.

Isi Leibler, the former head of the World Jewish Congress and now a Jerusalem Post columnist, called recently for "a global Jewish solidarity conference" to "exorcise (the) renegades from our midst".

Neoconservatives have launched smear campaigns in an attempt to scare Members of Congress from affiliating with us. The far-right pro-Israel group Stand With Us even contacted the legislative offices of everyone on our conference Gala Host Committee with a smear sheet of the nastiest lies and racist attacks leveled against J Street thus far.

Attacks like these will only grow stronger as our successes mount. But know this: we will not be intimidated nor deterred. The stakes for Israel, the Palestinians, and the whole Middle East are simply too high.

Yet if we are to continue winning, we -- the supporters of J Street and Brit Tzedek - need to take our message directly to local communities and congressional districts in ever greater numbers than before.

Nothing makes as big of an impact on Members of Congress as hearing directly from their constituents. Imagine if we tell Members of Congress, in home districts all over the country, that supporting Israel means favoring active American engagement to achieve a two-state solution?

Click here to make your gift to kick start this new field program.

We're thrilled that the chapters, rabbis, and activists of Brit Tzedek v'Shalom, the leading pro-Israel, pro-peace grassroots network, have decided to join us in this effort.

We'll be building on their excellent work and taking it to the next level.
Please consider a gift now. Make an investment to grow the pro-Israel, pro-peace movement. Without you, we cannot win.

Thanks so much for all you do.

- Isaac 

Isaac Luria
Campaigns Director
J Street

P.S. Got questions for our new field team? Email them at field@jstreet.org by clicking here.

[1] "Obama, J Street, and Middle East Peace," by Bernd Debusmann. Reuters, October 30, 2009.
[2] "J Street fills gap in Washington map," by Jonathan Marcus. BBC, October 28, 2009.
[3] "Moderate in America's Jewish Lobby Causes a Stir," by Neil A. Lewis and Mark Landler. The New York Times, October 30, 2009.
[4] "Marginalize the Renegades," by Isi Leibler. The Jerusalem Post, October 5, 2009.
[5] "Brit Tzedek, J Street to Collaborate in Launch of J Street's National Field Program." J Street, October 23, 2009.


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