I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to interact with Brit Tzedek on many different levels as a chapter member, intern, and finally as the Chapter Liaison. The organization provided a home for those of us looking for a pro-Israel pro-peace organization that spoke to our deeper values. I value many of the deep relationships I was able to build, particularly as the Chapter Liaison. I was lucky to work with such deeply committed activists from over 35 chapters throughout the country. It was truly inspiring to witness the hard work and determination of chapter leaders to work within their home Jewish communities to create a more open space on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. I believe Brit Tzedek played an absolutely crucial role in mainstreaming the idea of pro-Israel pro-peace in the Jewish community. In the end though, we weren’t just activists but a community of folks that was like family.
Jason Pollens, former Chapter Liaison of Brit Tzedek v’Shalom, Policy Intern, and member of the Westchester and New York City Chapters.