I still remember the first Brit Tzedek national conference that I went to in New York. Besides coming home with an awesome T shirt (which I still wear!), I was so impressed and inspired by the range of thoughtful speakers and the depth of analysis. Having been active in work for Middle East peace since 1980 and the early days of New Jewish Agenda, I so appreciated this national gathering of American Jews committed to peace and justice. As a rabbi, I was grateful to have a community of rabbinic colleagues dedicated to this work, a network within which to share ideas and support and opportunities for reflection. As J Street was starting, I was also grateful that there existed a grassroots network of both lay people and rabbis who were ready to carry on the struggle for a two-state solution. I have deep appreciation for the founders and staff of Brit Tzedek v’Shalom.
Rabbi Toba Spitzer