In October, the JCPA published a study reflecting the challenges that rabbis face in expressing their views on
Israel. According to this report, about a third of rabbis are reluctant to express these views. Despite
extraordinarily deep personal connections, too many rabbis have said that they feel overtly or implicitly pressured
to withhold their views and thus are unable to fully serve their communities by teaching or speaking about Israel.
As rabbis and cantors, we mustn’t be afraid. We must engage our communities and speak the difficult truths that
will be necessary if Israel's future is to be secure.
Americans for Peace Now, T'ruah, and J Street believe that for Israel to have a future as a Jewish and a democratic
state - living within secure, defined and recognized borders - there must be a resolution to the
Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Israel’s survival as a Jewish and democratic state can only be secured through
stopping settlement expansion, ending the occupation, and negotiating a two-state solution. Secretary of State John
Kerry - backed by President Obama- has made heroic efforts to bring all the parties to the negotiating table.
Secretary Kerry has taken up the challenge of the Psalmist to “seek peace and pursue it,” but he cannot bring peace
on his own. “We really are at a critical point,” said Secretary Kerry “as Palestinians and Israeli leaders grapple
with difficult and challenging decisions that lie ahead.”
Join me in declaring that you will speak up for a secure Israel; one that does not occupy another people; and
one that understands that the true threat to its existence is a lack of a Palestinian state.
As Jewish moral leaders, we must not underestimate the effect our voices can have. Now is the moment when we must
loudly and clearly proclaim that it is because of our commitment to Israel that we stand up and act for the
two-state solution. Now, while there is still time. “For Zion’s sake, I will not be silent, and for the sake of
Jerusalem I will not rest.” (Isaiah 62:1).
Add your name to our pledge, and after you sign on, we will provide you with resources from all three of
our organizations that will help you communicate to your community the urgency of this moment and the necessity for
all of us to speak out as Jews and as Americans.
Rabbi Alana Suskin
Director of Strategic Communications
Americans for Peace Now