Though 77% of American Jews oppose the Iraq war, "official" Jewish organizations are silent. Our Jewish call to end the war is now a full-page ad in The Forward & The Nation.
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WHAT BETTER TIME THAN PASSOVER
TO BEGIN THE EXODUS FROM IRAQ?
An American Jewish Committee survey reveals that two-thirds of American Jews now believe the Iraq War was a mistake. It is time to act.
We ask you to join in calling on our government to bring safely home --- as many members of Congress have urged, on a six-month schedule --- all American troops now in Iraq. This Exodus should begin by Passover and be completed by 9/11.
For just as Passover celebrates freedom from ancient slavery and the Pharaoh's military mindset, so today we seek freedom for both Americans and Iraqis from the death and destruction imposed by stubborn attachment to a destructive occupation.
Our grief on 9/11 calls us to move beyond violence, not to escalate it. And upon the heels of 9/11 comes the wisdom of Rosh Hashanah and Ramadan, also calling us to Turn Toward Peace in our world as well as in our hearts.
Our representatives in Congress must:
1. Use their constitutional power of the purse to end this armed occupation and bring all American troops safely home from Iraq. "The king shall not amass an armed cavalry nor multiply gold and silver. Thus he will not act haughtily toward his fellow-citizens." (Deut. 17: 16-20).
2. Ask the UN, regional bodies, and non-governmental organizations to offer their services to help Iraqis peacefully resolve their future. "Justice, justice, shall you pursue." (Deut 16: 20. Tradition adds: Why "justice" twice? To achieve just ends, we must use just means.)
3. Commit fifty billion dollars -- a mere one-tenth of what the war has already cost the US -- to be spent for reconstruction, under international supervision and by Iraqi decisions. "Do not harden your heart and shut your hand against the needy. Give to them readily and have no regrets when you do so." (Deut. 15: 8-10).
4. End the American addiction to oil that was one of the main causes for this war and threats of others, for corrupt bargains with some oil-rich governments, and for global scorching, Use conservation, renewable and sustainable energy sources, emission caps, a carbon tax, and other carbon-control measures to ensure that our children can achieve the Hanukkah standard: requiring only one day's oil to meet eight days' needs.
Tradition teaches: "Seek peace and pursue it" (Psalm 34:15) means we must pursue peace even if it is running away from us. We expect no less of our government.
When you click on the blue "Donate Now" button on the right-hand margin of this page, please be sure to write "ad signer" in the "On behalf of" box. THEN WE WILL ADD YOUR NAME AS A SIGNER. Or if you want to support our peace work but not become a signer of this specifically Jewish statement, write "peace" in the box.
We also ask you to carefully consider giving a minimum of $180. (IT'S TAX-DEDUCTIBLE.) Your name will of course be listed no matter how much you give, but it will be a lot easier to keep bringing this call to the public if you can give at least $180. Giving more than $180 will help balance those who really can't afford that much.
(If you'd rather use pen and paper to sign and contribute, there's a mailing coupon near the end of this post.)
As a result of the ad, I was invited by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency to write an Op/Ed article about the deep disconnect between the opposition of most grass-roots Jews to the Iraq war, and the failure of "official" Jewish organizations to demand that it be ended. JTA has sent the Op/Ed out to all its member papers, and it has also been picked up by the Huffington blog and a number of other blogs. It is on our Website, at
As the ad and the Op/Ed appear, they will bring in support to make possible more action to voice a clear Jewish insistence for an early end to the war. Even though Gallup polls and American Jewish Committee surveys show that between 2/3 and 3/4 of American Jews think the war a mistake, no concerted Jewish voice has been present in the chorus of opposition. Now is the crucial time -- and it's up to you.
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The ever-growing list of signers is below, and then a coupon for those who prefer to send a check instead of donating on-line.
With blessings of shalom for you, and for us all.
(Rabbi Arthur Waskow)
Signed: (Affiliations noted for identification only.)
Ad signers as of 3/30/07
Dr. David Abram
Susan Adelman Lucy & Isadore B. Adelman Foundation
Rosemary J. Alberts
Rabbi Rebecca Alpert
Diane Balser Boston University
Rabbi Dennis Beck-Berman
Rabbi Phyllis Berman
David & Cari Borris
Ross Brann & Eileen Yagoda
Cherie Brown NCBI
Lawrence Bush Editor, Jewish Currents
Gerald Coles Chair, Social Action Committee, Congregation Tikkun v'Or/Ithaca Reform Temple
Sonia & James Cummings
Rabbi Jerome Davidson
Rabbi Elliot Dorff University of Judaism
Rabbi Michael Feinberg Greater NY Labor-Religion Coalition
Rabbi Tirzah Firestone
Rabbi Nancy Flam
Rabbi Randy Fleisher Central Reform Congregation, St. Louis Missouri
Sandy Frank President, A. Frank and Sons
Ellen Frankel Jewish Publication Society
Marcia Freedman Former Member Knesset
Rabbi John Friedman Judea Reform Congregation, Durham North Carolina
Rabbi Laura Geller Los Angeles
Mia & Joe Buchwald Gelles
Dr. Jay and Sabrina Gold
Rabbi Leonard Gordon Philadelphia
Sallie & Alan Gratch
Jo Ellen Green Kaiser Zeek
Rabbi Moshe Rafael Halfon
Rabbi Shirley Idelson
Ruth L Imber
Paul J Joseph
Rabbi Raachel Jurovics
Karen & Harold Karabell
Judy Lynette & Harvey Klee
Rabbi Marc Aaron Kline Temple Adath Israel, Lexington, KY
Rabbi Leonard Kravitz
Stefan and Mary Krieger
Pauline & Sherman Labovitz
Dr. Michele Lazerow
Rabbi Michael Lerner Tikkun
Dr. Gerson T. Lesser
Stephanie A. Levin
Ben & Barbara Levin
Stephen and Nancy Levy
Rabbi Mordechai Liebling The Shalom Center
Rabbi Ellen Lippmann Brooklyn
Abbe Lyons Sh'licha Tzibur and B'nai Mitzvah educator, Congregation Tikkun v'Or, ALEPH Cantorial Student
Richard and Alice Mandel
Rabbi Nathan Martin
Trudy L. Mason
Steven David Masters, Esq
Jules & Ruth Mermelstein Reconstructionist Cong. Or Hadash, Ft Washington PA
Terry A. Michaels
Carl & Susan Offner
Harry Phillips Winged Keel Group
Rabbi Marcia Prager
Bill & Joan Hammerman Robbins
Marcy Rosen Bernstein
Rabbi Seymour Rosenbloom
Harold & Sue Rosenthal
Rabbi Jeffrey Roth
Rabbi Michael Rothbaum Hillels of Westchester
Bill Savedoff and Amy Smith
Margery and Frederick Schab
Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi ALEPH
Rabbi Gerry Serrota Rabbis for Human Rights, North America
Rabbi David Shneyer, Pres., Ohalah (Assn Rabbis for Jewish
Steven Silk CEO, Chef Solutions
Fred & Sharon Silverman
Alan D. Solomont
Robert Spiegelman & Truda Bloom
Rabbi Toba Spitzer, Pres., Reconstructionist Rabbinical Assn
Rabbi Jeff Sultar
Richard & Phyllis Taylor
Dr. Ethel Tobach
Kathleen A. Tolman
Libby & Len Traubman Co-founders, Jewish-Palestinian Living Room Dialogue
Rabbi Arthur Waskow The Shalom Center
John & Elsa Weber
Rabbi Sheila Weinberg
Noah T. Winer
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