As the Jewish year draws to a close, we find ourselves standing behind Moses as he looks over into the Promised Land. In the final chapters of our cycle of Torah reading, we read of how Moses was never to enter that land, yet he saw its abundance—barley and olives, figs and pomegranates, milk and honey—and he saw all of its possibilities, both suffering and redemption.

Moses’ vision, the Torah’s vision, was of a homeland that would give birth to a new kind of society, a land where justice and loving kindness could flourish. These principles were later enshrined in the Declaration of the Independence of the state of Israel, a vision of a secure Jewish homeland embodying the highest Jewish and democratic values.

We are rabbis, cantors and rabbinical students who are committed to seeing these Jewish and democratic values manifest in the State of Israel, through the achievement of a two-state solution.

This new year, we, like Moses, stand on a precipice. The coming year will be a year of choice for Israel and for us. Israel faces historic decisions about the future: the land it will control, the nature of its democracy and the prospects for achieving long-term peace and security.

We believe Israel must be a secure homeland for the Jewish people. We believe that the pro-Israel, pro-peace movement must rise to the challenges of this moment by redrawing the lines of ‘pro-Israel’ in this country. We call upon our own leaders and our friends in Israel to make history, before history overtakes us.

Action must be taken now to strengthen and sustain Israel as a Jewish democratic state in the name of our grandparents, and for the sake of our grandchildren. We cannot stand idly by as Israel slides irrevocably towards a “one-state” solution, destined to rule over another people, losing the promise of its founding.

In Moses’ final words, he urged the Israelites to “choose life.” In this electoral season, as religious leaders of the American Jewish community, we urge our government to choose the path of life, of peace, and of a secure and democratic Israel. We urge our politicians not to make the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians a partisan political issue, but rather work together to move the peace process forward.

Therefore, we call on all our elected leaders to move forward and actively work for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

And we call on our fellow Jewish community leaders to join us in working toward a two-state solution. For it is not enough to simply say we believe in peace and negotiations. There must be substance and action behind that language – and a major commitment by our community to make this work a critical priority. And that requires urgent action from us all.

May we in the American Jewish community renew our efforts for peace. We pray that the year 5773 see the flowering of cooperation and compromise in a land that has known too much bloodshed and bitterness.

Sign on to the letter here.


J Street Rabbinic Cabinet Co-Chairs:
Rabbi John Friedman, Durham, NC & Rabbi Julie Saxe-Taller, San Francisco, CA

Rabbi Alison Abrams, Deerfield, IL
Rabbi David Adelson, Brooklyn, NY
Rabbi Sara Adler O'Donnell, Ann Arbor, MI
Rabbi Renni Altman, Great Neck, NY
Rabbi Camille Angel, San Francisco, CA
Rabbi Andy Bachman, Brooklyn, NY
Rabbi Chava Bahle, Suttons Bay, MI
Rabbi Rachel Barenblat, North Adams, MA
Rabbi Geoff Basik, Pikeville, MD
Rabbi David Baylinson, Atlanta, GA
Rabbi Arnold Mark Belzer, Savannah, GA
Rabbi Shelley Kovar Becker, New York, NY
Rabbi Leonard Beerman, Los Angeles, CA
Rabbi Allen Bennett, San Francisco, CA
Rabbi Phillip Bentley, Hendersonville, NC
Cantor David Berger, Los Angeles, CA
Rabbi Donald Berlin, St Michaels, MD
Rabbi Margorie Berman, Clark's Summit, PA
Rabbi Phillys Berman, Philadelphia, PA
Cantor Suzanne Bernstein, Brooklyn, NY
Rabbi Jonathan Biatch, Madison, WI
Rabbi Binyamin Biber, Silver Spring, MD
Cantor Freyda Black, Philadelphia, PA
Rabbi Steve Blane, New York, NY
Cantor Emily Blank, Brentwood, MD
Rabbi Shalom Bochner, Berkeley, CA
Rabbi Daniel Bogard, Peoria, IL
Rabbi Lewis Bogage, Denver, CO
Rabbi Jill Borodin, Seattle, WA
Rabbi Neal Borovitz, River Edge, NJ
Rabbi Anna Boswell-Levy, Huntingdon Valley, PA
Rabbi Deborah Bravo, Syosset, NY
Rabbi Gill Brociner, New York, NY
Rabbi Hebert Brockman, Hamden, CT
Rabbi Caryn Broitman, Vineyard Haven, MA
Rabbi Daniel Bronstein, Brooklyn, NY
Rabbi Deborah Ruth Bronstein, Boulder, CO
Rabbi Marcelo Bronstein, New York, NY
Rabbi Les Bronstein, White Plains, NY
Rabbi Sharon Brous, Los Angeles, CA
Rabbi Jeffrey Brown, Scarsdale, NY
Rabbi Jonathan Brumberg-Kraus, Providence, RI
Rabbi Meredith Cahn, Truckee, CA
Rabbi Ivan Caine, Richmond, MA
Rabbi Harold Caminker, Palmetto, FL
Rabbi Faith Cantor, Baltimore, MD
Cantor Susan Caro, Thousand Oaks, CA
Rabbi Joshua Chasan, Burlington, VT
Rabbi Ken Chasen, Los Angeles, CA
Cantor Jack Chomsky, Columbus, OH
Rabbi Judy Cohen-Rosenberg, Westbury, NY
Rabbi Ayelet Cohen, New York, NY
Rabbi Hillel Cohn, San Bernardino, CA
Rabbi Neil Comess-Daniels, Santa Monica, CA
Rabbi Julian Cook, Denver, CO
Rabbi David J. Cooper, Berkeley, CA
Rabbi Jill Cozen Harel, San Francisco, CA
Rabbi Meryl Crean, Elkins Park, PA
Rabbi Harry Danziger, Germantown, TN
Rabbi Jerome Davidson, Great Neck, NY
Rabbi James Diamond, Princeton, NJ
Rabbi Marc Disick, Stamford, CT
Rabbi Robert Dobrusin, Ann Arbor, MI
Rabbi Elliot Dorff, Los Angeles, CA
Rabbi Billy Dreskin, White Plains, NY
Rabbi Renee Edelman, South Orange, NJ
Rabbi Bruce Ehrmann, Randolph, MA
Rabbi Amy Eilberg, Mendota Heights, MN
Rabbi Diane Elliot, Richmond Heights, CA
Rabbi Daniel Epstein, Spring Valley, NY
Rabbi Charles Feinberg, Washington, DC
Rabbi Michael Feinberg, New York, NY
Rabbi David Fellman, Syracuse, NY
Rabbi Zev-Hayyim Feyer, Claremont, CA
Rabbi Brian Fink, Philadelphia, PA
Rabbi Frank Fischer, Chapel Hill, NC
Cantor Rebecca Joy Fletcher, Brooklyn, NY
Rabbi Arthur Flicker, Albuquerque, NM
Rabbi Jeff Foust, Newton Centre, MA
Rabbi David Freidenreich, Portland, ME
Rabbi Suri Friedman, Durham, NC
Rabbi Dara Frimmer, Los Angeles, CA
Rabbi Serena Fujita, Lewisburg, PA
Rabbi Ruth Gais, Summit, NJ
Rabbi Hillel Gamoran, Evanston, IL
Rabbinical Student Jonah Geffen, New York, NY
Rabbi Everett Gendler, Great Barrington, MA
Rabbi Gary Gerson, River Forest, IL
Rabbi Neil Gillman, New York, NY
Rabbi Rosalind Glazer, Palo Alto, CA
Rabbi Bob Gluck, Albany, NY
Rabbi Donald Gluckman, Pikeville, MD
Rabbi Dan Goldblatt, Danville, CA
Rabbi Rachel Goldenberg, Chester, CT
Rabbi Michael Goldman, White Plains, NY
Rabbi Barbara Goldman-Wartell, Orefield, PA
Rabbi Jerrold Goldstein, Sherman Oaks, CA
Rabbi Donald Goor, Tarzana, CA
Rabbi David Gordis, Voorheesville, NY
Rabbi Emma Gottlieb, Canton, MA
Rabbi Joshua Grater, Pasadena, CA
Rabbi Roberto Graetz, Walnut Creek, CA
Rabbi Arthur Green, Newton Centre, MA
Rabbi Frederick Greenspahn, Boca Raton, FL
Rabbi Michael Greenwald, Canton, NY
Rabbi Eytan Hammerman, Mahopac, NY
Rabbi Joshua Hammerman, Stamford, CT
Rabbi Richard Hammerman, Caldwell, NJ
Rabbi Eytan Hammerman, Mahopac, NY
Rabbi Maurice Harris, Eugene, OR
Rabbi Floyd Herman, Baltimore, MD
Rabbi Lauren Herrmann, Philadelphia, PA
Rabbi Jay Heyman, Seattle, WA
Rabbi Yitzhak Husbands-Hankin, Eugene, OR
Rabbi David Ingber, New York, NY
Rabbi Daniel Isaak, Portland, OR
Rabbi Shaya Isenberg, Gainesville, FL
Rabbi Steven B. Jacobs, Woodland Hills, CA
Rabbi Burt Jacobson, Richmond Heights, CA
Rabbi Joshua Jacobs-Velde, Youngstown, OH
Rabbi Jennifer Jaech, Peekskill, NY
Rabbi David Jaffe, Sharon, MA
Rabbi Jonathan Jaffe, San Francisco, CA
Rabbinical Student Marisa Elana James, Jerusalem, CA
Rabbi Beth Janus, Philadelphia, PA
Cantor Russell Jayne, Boonton, NJ
Rabbi Daniel Judson, Newton Centre, MA
Rabbi Yoel Kahn, Berkeley, CA
Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster, Teaneck, NJ
Rabbi Raphael Kanter, New Bedford, MA
Rabbi Jeffrey Kamins, Sydney,
Rabbi Peter Edward Kasdan, Longboat Key, FL
Rabbi Nancy Kasten, Dallas, TX
Rabbi Jim Kaufman, North Hollywood, CA
Rabb Stuart Kelman, Berkeley, CA
Cantor Evan Kent, Sherman Oaks, CA
Rabbi Justin Kerber, St. Louis, MO
Rabbi Emma Kippley-Ogman, Brookline, MA
Rabbi Donna Kirshbaum, Princeton, NJ
Rabbi Jason Klein, Baltimore, MD
Rabbi Margie Klein, Brighton, MA
Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum, New York, NY
Rabbi Jonathan Kligler, Woodstock, NY
Rabbi Peter Knobel, Chicago, IL
Rabbi Cherie Koller-Fox, Newton, MA
Cantor Kim Komrad, Reisterstown, MD
Rabbi Ira Korinow, Haverhill, MA
Rabbi Michael Kramer, Hockessin, DE
Rabbi Douglas Krantz, Armonk, NY
Rabbi Jonathan Kraus, Belmont, MA
Rabbi Claudia Kreiman, Brookline, MA
Rabbi Charles Kroloff, Westfield, NJ
Rabbi Susan Laemmle, Los Angeles, CA
Rabbi Karen Landy, Brookline, MA
Rabbi Alan Lapayover, Philadelphia, PA
Rabbi Danielle Leshaw, Athens, OH
Rabbi Bradley Levenberg, Atlanta, GA
Rabbi Jerry Levy, Pompano Beach, FL
Rabbi Richard Levy, Los Angeles, CA
Rabbi Stan Levy, Los Angeles, CA
Rabbi Sheldon Lewis, Palo Alto, CA
Rabbi Mordechai Liebling, Philadelphia, PA
Rabbi Jonathan Lipnick, New York, NY
Rabbi Ellen Lippman, New York, NY
Rabbi Andrea London, Evanston, IL
Rabbi Jonathan Malino, Greensboro, NC
Cantor Ilan Mamber, Wyckoff, NJ
Rabbi Nina Mandel, Sunbury, PA
Rabbi Paula Marcus, Aptos, CA
Rabbi Jeff Marker, Brooklyn, NY
Rabbi Nathan Martin, Philadelphia, PA
Rabbi Jose Rolando Matalon, New York, NY
Rabbi Dennis Math, Jersey City, NJ
Rabbi Aryeh Meir, Teaneck, NJ
Rabbi Rim Meirowitz, Peabody, MA
Rabbi Amy Memis-Foler, Skokie, IL
Rabbi Paul Menitoff, Palm Beach, FL
Rabbi Gavriel K Miccio, Denver, CO
Rabbi Michael Michlin, Hazelton, PA
Rabbi Rachel Mikva, Chicago, IL
Rabbi Shira Milgrom, White Plains, NY
Rabbi Michelle Missaghieh, Los Angeles, CA
Rabbi Geoffrey Mitelman, White Plains, NY
Rabbi Katie Mizrahi, San Francisco, CA
Rabbi Linda Motzkin, Saratoga Springs, NY
Rabbi David Nelson, Tivoli, NY
Rabbi Jessica Oleon, Washington, DC
Cantor Barbara Ostfeld, Williamsville, NY
Rabbi Laura Owens, Los Angeles, CA
Rabbi Kate Palley, Selinsgrove, PA
Rabbi Ephraim Pelcovits, New York, NY
Cantor Hope Proper, Morristown, NJ
Cantor Steven Puzarne, Sun Valley, CA
Rabbi Charles P Rabinowitz, Larchmont, NY
Rabbi Arnold Rachlis, Irvine, CA
Rabbi Paula Reimers, Lebanon, PA
Rabbi Victor Reinstein, Jamaica Plain, MA
Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben, Pacific Palisades, CA
Rabbi Yael Ridberg, La Jolla, CA
Rabbi Bernie Robinson, San Rafael, CA
Rabbi Jack Romberg, Tallahassee, FL
Rabbi Ben Romer, Midlothian, VA
Rabbi Gaylia R. Rooks, Louisville, KY
Rabbi Carnie Rose, St. Louis, MO
Rabbi James Rosenberg, Providence, RI
Rabbi David Rosenn, New York, NY
Rabbi Jenni Rosenn, New York, NY
Rabbi Adam Rosenwasser, Belmont, CA
Rabbinical Student Ken Rosnstein, Boston, MA
Rabbi John Rosove, Los Angele, CA
Rabbi Michael Ross, Phoenixville, PA
Rabbi Donald Rossoff, Morristown, NJ
Rabbi Jonathan Rubenstein, Saratoga Springs, NY
Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg, Evanston, IL
Rabbi Michael Satz, San Diego, CA
Rabbi Fred Scherlinder Dobb, Bethesda, MD
Rabbi Ira Schiffer, Middlebury, VT
Rabbi Chaim Schneider, Aptos, CA
Rabbi Leonard Schoolman, New York, NY
Rabbi Fred Schwab, Croton on Hudson, NY
Rabbi Barry Schwartz, Leonia, NJ
Rabbi Jeremy Schwartz, Willimantic, CT
Cantor Neil Schwartz, Saskatoon, Canada
Rabbi Steven Schwartz, Baltimore, MD
Rabbi Sid Schwarz, Rockville, MD
Rabbi Amy Schwartzman, Mclean, VA
Rabbi Allen Secher, Whitefish, MT
Rabbi Scott Segal, Lindenhurst, IL
Rabbi Daniel Septimus, Seattle, WA
Rabbi Gerold Serotta, Chevy Chase, MD
Cantor David Serkin-Poole, Bellevue, WA
Rabbi Drorah Setel, Buffalo, NY
Rabbi Judy Shanks, Oakland, CA
Rabbi Mark Shapiro, Springfield, MA
Rabbi Leonard Sharzer, New York, NY
Rabbi Alexandria Shuval-Weiner, Leawood, KS
Rabbi Harold Silver, Hartford, CT
Rabbi David Wolf Silverman, Princeton, NJ
Rabbi Suzanne Singer, Riverside, CA
Rabbi Jacob Singer-Beilin, Phoenix, AZ
Rabbi Steven Sirbu, Teaneck, NJ
Rabbi Amy Small, Summit, NJ
Rabbi Myra Soifer, Reno, NV
Rabbi Felicia Sol, New York, NY
Rabbi Eric Solomon, Raleigh, NC
Rabbi Marc Soloway, Boulder, CO
Cantor Kerith Spencer-Shapiro, Broomall, PA
Rabbi Toba Spitzer, Newton, MA
Rabbi Joshua Stampfer, Portland, OR
Rabbi Jacob Staub, Philadelphia, PA
Rabbi Naomi Steinberg, Carlotta, CA
Rabbi Gershon Steinberg-Caudill, El Cerrito, CA
Rabbi George Stern, Philadelphia, PA
Rabbi Yvonne Strassmann, Stratford, CT
Rabbi Alvin Sugarman, Atlanta, GA
Rabbi Robert Tabak, Melrose Park, PA
Rabbi Elliott Tepperman, West Orange, NJ
Rabbi David Teutsch, Philadelphia, PA
Rabbi Lawrence Troster, New York, NY
Rabbi Gordon Tucker, White Plains, NY
Rabbi Burt Visotzsky, New York, NY
Rabbi Andrew Vogel, Brookline, MA
Rabbi Nahum Ward-Lev, Santa Fe, NM
Rabbi Bruce Warshal, Hillsboro Beach, FL
Rabbi Ephraim Warshaw, Woodland Hills, CA
Rabbi Arthur Waskow, Philadelphia, PA
Rabbi Pamela Wax, New York, NY
Rabbi Nancy Wechsler-Azen, Carmichael, CA
Rabbi Elyse Wechterman, Attleboro, MA
Rabbi Sheila Weinberg, Amherst, MA
Rabbi Martin Weiner, San Francisco, CA
Rabbi Cheryl Weiner, Hollywood, FL
Rabbi Daniel Weiner, Seattle, WA
Rabbi Martin Weiner, San Francisco, CA
Rabbi Simkha Y. Weintraub, Brooklyn, NY
Rabbi Margaret Wenig, New York, NY
Rabbi Steve Westman, West Palm Beach, FL
Rabbi Dan Wigdodsky, White Plains, NY
Rabbi Sara Wolf, Los Altos Hills, CA
Rabbi Joseph Wolf, Portland, OR
Rabbi Greg Wolfe, Davis, CA
Rabbi Jonathan Woll, Glen Rock, NJ
Rabbi Bridget Wynne, Albany, CA
Cantor Gregory Yaroslow, Redlands, CA
Rabbi David Young, North Miami Beach, FL
Rabbi Michael Zedek, Chicago, IL
Rabbi Shawn Zevit, Shaker Heights, OH
Rabbi Henry Zoob, Westwood, CA