Why the Letter? Press Contribute Non-Jews Endorsers Tell Others Home

Jacqueline Levine
  Former Chair
  Jewish Council
  for Public Affairs
Geoffrey H. Lewis

Robert Jay Lifton

  Harvard University
  Medical School
Theodore Mann
  Former Chair
  Conference of
  of Major American
  Jewish Organizations
Rabbi Rolando Matalon
  Congregation B'nai Jeshurun
Jay Mazur
  National Committee
  for Labor Israel
Philip Meltzer
Rabbi Paul Menitoff
  Executive Vice
  President Central
  of American Rabbis
Hon. Abner J. Mikva
  Former White House
  Counsel, Appellate   Judge,
  and US Congressman
Jo-Ann Mort
Leonard Nimoy
Alicia Ostriker
  Rutgers University
Peter Pepper
  National President,
  Workmen’s Circle/
  Arbiter Ring
Kathleen Peratis
Letty Cottin Pogrebin
Earl Raab
  Founding Director
  Perlmutter Institute for
  Jewish Advocacy
  Brandeis University
Gail Twersky Reimer
  Editor, “Beginning Anew”
Rabbi John L. Rosove
  Temple Israel of
  Hollywood, Los Angeles
Lillian B. Rubin
  author and sociologist
Miles L. Rubin
  Chairman General
  Medical Industries
   Eli Segal
  Founding CEO
Harold M. Shapiro

  Meretz USA
Alex Sharone
  National Director
  Habonim Dror
Marcia Cohn Spiegel
  Author & Community Activist
Jonathan Sheffer
Yvonne B. Silverman

  Givat Haviva
  Educational Foundation
Rabbi Amy Small
  Rabbinical Association
Gloria Steinem
  Writer, Feminist Activist
Sidney Topol
Judith Viorst
Milton Viorst
Rabbi Burton Visotsky
  Jewish Theological
Albert Vorspan
  Vice President Emeritus
  Union for Reform Judaism
Michael Walzer
  Professor, Institute
  for Advanced Studies
Prof. Blanche Wiesen Cook
  Author and Historian
Aaron Wolfe
  National Director
  Hashomer Hatzair
Dear Mr. President,

As the newly elected President of the United States, you assume the leadership of our nation at a critical time in our history. As American Jews who strongly support Israel, we call on you to commit our nation to vigorous and persistent engagement in the resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. We ask that within the first hundred days of your administration you appoint an internationally respected envoy at the highest level to signal your intentions to pursue full implementation of the disengagement plan and a renewal of negotiations leading to a final status accord.

After four years of unrelenting violence and bloodletting, the current stalemate is unspeakably tragic for both peoples and serves as a lightning rod for international terrorism and threats to our nation's security. Moreover, the demographic reality in Israel makes clear the urgency of a two-state solution, the key to preserving Israel as both a Jewish and democratic state.

In the past, American presidents have succeeded in bringing about lasting peace agreements between Israel and her Arab neighbors. They did so by maintaining a steadfast commitment in the face of numerous obstacles.

We believe that Israeli and Palestinian leaders can be brought back to the negotiating table through your committed and persistent leadership in support of a negotiated two-state solution. Meeting this challenge would be an unparalleled achievement for your presidency. We strongly urge you to take all steps necessary to renew the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and thus advance America's historic contribution to regional stability, global security, and international peace.

Signed, The Host Committee

Host Committee*

Esther-Ann Asch
  Chair, Women's Task Force
Stuart Appelbaum
  Jewish Labor Committee
Bernice Balter
Georgette F. Bennett, Ph.D
  Tanenbaum Center for
  Interreligious Understanding
Theodore Bikel
Kenneth Bob
  Labor Zionist Alliance
E.M. Broner
Gerald Bubis
  Professor Emeritus
  Hebrew Union College
Daniel G. Cedarbaum
  Jewish Reconstructionist
Jonathan J. Cohen
Stephen P. Cohen
  Institute for Middle East
  Peace and Development
Rabbi Rachel Cowan
  Institute for Jewish Spirituality
Barbara Dobkin
Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell
  Open Door Haggadah
Eve Ensler
Leonard Fein
Melodye Feldman
  Founding Director
  Seeking Common Ground
Tovah Feldshuh
  Broadway Actress,
  "Golda's Balcony"

Marjorie Ellen Fine
Marcia Freedman
  Brit Tzedek v'Shalom
Debbie Friedman
  Singer and Songwriter
Cynthia Fuchs Epstein
  Distinguished Professor
  Graduate Center, CUNY
Richard Gunther
  Board Member
  American Jewish Joint
  Distribution Committee
Nadine B. Hack
  President, beCause
  Global Consulting
Lesley Hazleton
Rabbi Arthur Hertzberg
  Former President
  American Jewish Congress
Susannah Heschel
  Dartmouth College
Erica Jong
  Novelist and Poet
Maribeth Kaptchuk
  Board Member
  Parents Circle
  Bereaved Families Forum
Rabbi Patricia Karlin-Neumann
  Senior Associate Dean
  for Religious Life
  Stanford University
Melanie Kaye/Kantrowitz
Victor Kovner
  First Amendment
Tony Kushner
Luis Lainer
  Americans for Peace Now

*Affiliations for identification purposes only.