Even as we relish our participation
in J Street's highly
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
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-- Aliza Becker
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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."  The BBC reported that we "filled a
gap in the Washington Map."  The New York Times headline
captured the moment, "A Moderate in America's Jewish Lobby
Causes a Stir. 
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
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
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
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.
P.S. Got questions for our new field team? Email them at email@example.com by
 "Obama, J Street, and Middle East Peace," by Bernd
Debusmann. Reuters, October 30, 2009.
 "J Street fills gap
in Washington map," by Jonathan Marcus. BBC, October 28,
 "Moderate in America's Jewish Lobby Causes a Stir,"
by Neil A. Lewis and Mark Landler. The New York Times, October
 "Marginalize the Renegades," by Isi Leibler.
The Jerusalem Post, October 5, 2009.
 "Brit Tzedek, J
Street to Collaborate in Launch of J Street's National Field
Program." J Street, October 23, 2009.
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