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The last two weeks have been, well, crazy.
Like most of my co-workers, I’ve had a lot of very late nights lately, just trying to keep up with the pace. And you know what? I wouldn’t have it any other way. This is the work we are on this planet to do – and, we can’t do it without you. 

Over the past few weeks, we connected with over 150 remarkable stage and screen professionals, all ready to proudly support their bold Israeli colleagues who refused to perform in illegal settlements. The Israeli artists helped catalyze a national conversation about settlements in Israel. We want to do the same here.  

Truly, this is a bittersweet Rosh Hashana (Jewish New Year). So much is happening– both terrible and awe-inspiring. History is in the making, and we can’t afford to let one moment go by without our attention, our action, and our voice. This is what your contributions support. I hope you’ll make your New Year contribution once again so that we can continue this important work.  

A few weeks ago, when Jewish Voice for Peace issued our statement about our refusal to allow anti-Muslim hatred to violate the basic freedoms of Muslim Americans to worship and assemble at the Park 51 Center, so many of you wrote to us to say you had been looking for a voice that represented you and that we were that voice. We take that responsibility seriously.  

Days later, we broke new ground by launching our first ever Rabbinical Council, composed of some of the bravest and most principled Jewish religious leaders we know.  

And then, when we made history by gathering the most extraordinary list yet of film, theater and TV heavyweights to condemn Israel’s occupation, you stood up with us to support the courage of those speaking out and to speak out yourself. Inspiring courage – we take that responsibility seriously too. 

This new year, all of us at Jewish Voice for Peace commit to staying true to what is right and just in the world. To articulating a vision of full equality for all peoples. To building a movement of people pressing for change that will not be intimidated or turn back. We simply can’t do it – not any of it – without the individual contributions of people like you.  

JVP was started by a small group of people who willed this organization into being. Today, I can hardly believe how much we have grown in such a short period of time and how much we have accomplished – fueled almost entirely by small gifts from thousands of people exactly like you.  But to make the change that needs to be made, we need to keep growing.  We need you to give generously – and we thank you for it.  

We asked you to share your commitments for this new year, and these are just a few of the hundreds of promises that you made – they express better than we ever could the vision and spirit that binds us all together. 

Christina:  I promise to remember the lessons I learned as a young child in a community of Holocaust survivors and their children. They taught me that to stand by and do nothing in the face of persecution and injustice was wrong and made the bystander complicit….. I honour them by standing with the Palestinian people and not against the Israeli people. I honour them- by standing, fearlessly, with all who stand for peace. 

Malkah: In this new year I pledge my best efforts and join hand in hand with the rest of the international community who refuse to accept the state of things as they are today. And instead, work and act as if the dream of our ability to be together in peace, harmony and justice prevails. 

Yoel: I promise to remind myself as often as necessary that this struggle isn’t about me, but about others. I promise to be fearless but sensible; to be a leader but also a follower; to shout loudly but listen carefully. I promise to keep going, to always have hope and to never stop fighting, until justice runs down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream. 

Tariq: Shana Tova & Eid Mubarak to all my Jewish and Muslim friends who strive for social justice and value human dignity irrespective of religious, ethnic or social divides. I promise to support all peace efforts built upon justice and mutual respect. 

We are so grateful to be in this movement with you in this moment in history. Let us all move forward and make this year our most fearless, most effective, most loving year yet. Thank you for standing with us with your words, your actions, and your financial support. 

L’shana Tova  

Cecilie Surasky
Jewish Voice for Peace  

P.S. After you make your gift, please go to our website to view inspiring video of our new Rabbinical Council leaders and to make your own promise. 



















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