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					                                                                            Rabbi Alison Abrams             Rabbi Burt Jacobson                Rabbi Matthew Soffer




                           Hope
                                        OUR                                 Rabbi Ruth Abusch-Magder
                                                                            Rabbi Sara O’Donnell Adler
                                                                            Rabbi Katy Z. Allen
                                                                                                            Rabbi Jennifer A. Jaech
                                                                                                            Rabbi David L. Jaffe
                                                                                                            Rabbi Norman Janis
                                                                                                                                               Rabbi Myra Soifer
                                                                                                                                               Rabbi Rav A. Soloff
                                                                                                                                               Rabbi Eric Solomon
                                                                            Rabbi Thomas Alpert             Rabbi Miriam Jerris                Rabbi Aaron Spiegel
                                                                            Rabbi Renni S. Altman           Rabbi Rebecca Joseph               Rabbi Adam Stock Spilker
                                                                            Rabbi Lev Baesh                 Rabbi Sam K. Joseph                Rabbi Toba Spitzer
                                                                            Rabbi Chava Bahle               Rabbi Daniel Judson                Rabbi Ed Stafman
                                                                            Rabbi Benjamin H. Barnett       Rabbi Yoel Kahn                    Rabbi Jacob Staub



                           Remains:
                                                                            Rabbi Lewis M. Barth            Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster          Rabbi Adam Stein
                                                                            Rabbi Geoff Basik               Rabbi Jeffrey Kamins               Rabbi Margot Stein
                                                                            Rabbi Eliot Baskin              Rabbi Peter Edward Kasdan          Rabbi Gershon Steinberg-Caudill
                                                                            Rabbi David Dunn Bauer          Rabbi Hillel Katzir                Rabbi Eleanor Steinman
                                                                            Rabbi Renee H. Bauer            Rabbi Justin Kerber                Rabbi George Stern
                                                                            Rabbi Pamela Frydman Baugh      Rabbi Peg Kershenbaum              Rabbi Jack Stern

                           AN OPEN LETTER
                                                                            Rabbi David Baylinson           Rabbi Stanley M. Kessler           Rabbi Keith Stern
                                                                            Rabbi Dennis Beck-Berman        Rabbi Yohanna Kinberg              Rabbi Melissa Zalkin Stollman
                                                                            Rabbi Marc J. Belgrad           Rabbi Emma Kippley-Ogman           Rabbi Ariel Stone
                           to our community                                 Rabbi Lisa Sari Bellows
                                                                            Rabbi Arnold Mark Belzer
                                                                                                            Rabbi Donna Kirshbaum
                                                                                                            Rabbi Beth H. Klafter
                                                                                                                                               Rabbi Leah Sudran
                                                                                                                                               Rabbi Alvin M. Sugarman
                                                                            Rabbi Jordan Bendat-Appell      Rabbi Amy Klein                    Rabbi Cynthia “Yaffa-Shira”
                                                                            Rabbi Olivier Solomon BenHaim   Rabbi Daniel Klein                   Sultan
                                                                            Rabbi Allen Bennett             Rabbi Margaret Frisch Klein        Rabbi Alana Suskin
                                                                            Rabbi Philip J. Bentley         Rabbi Jonathan Kligler             Rabbi Jacqueline Tabick
        The words of Israel’s national anthem speak of hope — a             Rabbi Philip Berkowitz          Rabbi David L. Kline               Rabbi Dov Taylor
                                                                            Rabbi Donald R. Berlin          Rabbi Peter Knobel                 Rabbi Jay TelRav
        hope that one day the Jewish people would have a national           Rabbi Howard Berman             Rabbi Norman D. Koch               Rabbi Elliott Tepperman
        home of our own. However far-off such a dream may have              Rabbi Marjorie Berman           Rabbi Tamara Ruth Kolton           Rabbi David A. Teutsch
                                                                                                                                               Rabbi David Leipziger Teva
                                                                            Rabbi Phyllis Ocean Berman      Rabbi Ira L. Korinow
        felt in 1878, when the original words of “HaTikvah” were            Rabbi Leila Gal Berner          Rabbi Jodi Kornfeld                Rabbi Lawrence Troster
                                                                            Rabbi Allison Berry             Rabbi Raquel S. (Riqi) Kosovske    Rabbi Jason van Leeuwen
        composed, that hope was realized 70 years later. What had           Rabbi Jonathan Biatch           Rabbi Douglas E. Krantz            Rabbi Burt L. Visotzky
                                                                                                                                               Rabbi Andrew D. Vogel
        been only a poet’s dream became a reality.                          Rabbi Binyamin R. Biber         Rabbi Nancy Kreimer
                                                                                                            Rabbi Charles Kroloff              Rabbi Howard Voss-Altman
                                                                            Rabbi Arthur Blecher
                                                                            Rabbi Herman J. Blumberg        Rabbi Jeffrey Kurtz-Lendner        Rabbi Brian Walt
        Recent events off the coast of Gaza confirm for many the            Rabbi Rena S. Blumenthal        Rabbi Susan Laemmle                Rabbi Pamela Wax
                                                                            Rabbi Eliav Bock                Rabbi Karen Esther Landy           Rabbi Deborah Waxman
        impossibility of speaking of peace, relegating it to nothing        Rabbi Joshua Boettiger          Rabbi Gilah Langner                Rabbi Elyse Wechterman
                                                                                                                                               Rabbi Cheryl Weiner
        more than a poet’s dream. We feel deeply the sense of               Rabbi Lewis Bogage
                                                                            Rabbi Stephen Booth-Nadav
                                                                                                            Rabbi Alan LaPayover
                                                                                                            Rabbi Esther Lederman              Rabbi Martin Weiner
        pain and anguish over the violence and insecurity wrought           Rabbi Jill Borodin              Rabbi Darby Leigh                  Rabbi Simkha Weintraub
                                                                            Rabbi Anna S. Boswell-Levy      Rabbi Shoshana Leis                Rabbi Lew Weiss
        on Israel by Hamas through rockets and terror, as well as           Rabbi Daniel Ethan Bridge       Rabbi Michele E. Lenke             Rabbi Rachel Weiss
                                                                            Rabbi Herbert Bronstein         Rabbi Joshua C. Lesser             Rabbi Zari Weiss
        the ongoing suffering of Gilad Shalit and his family.               Rabbi Jeffrey Brown             Rabbi Leonard Levin                Rabbi Joseph Wolf
                                                                            Rabbi Jonathan D.               Rabbi Mark Levin                   Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan
        But we, American rabbis and cantors, assert that we                   Brumberg-Kraus                Rabbi Joshua Levine-Grater         Rabbi Bridget Wynne
                                                                            Rabbi Carol Caine               Rabbi Karen Levy                   Rabbi Moshe Yehudai
        have not lost hope. We are steadfast in remaining true to           Rabbi Harold Caminker           Rabbi Richard N. Levy              Rabbi Barbara Zacky
                                                                            Rabbi Debra Cantor              Rabbi Sue E. Levy                  Rabbi Shawn Israel Zevit
        the vision of Israel’s founders in creating a democratic,           Rabbi Reba Carmel               Rabbi Sheldon Lewis                Rabbi Jessica Zimmerman
        Jewish state—a nation that upholds the highest human                Rabbi Kenneth Chasen            Rabbi Michael J. Lezak             Rabbi Laurie Zimmerman
                                                                            Rabbi Steven Chester            Rabbi Mordechai Liebling           Rabbi Henry A. Zoob
        and Jewish values.                                                  Rabbi Aryeh Cohen               Rabbi Rebecca Lillian              Rabbi Leonard Zukrow
                                                                            Rabbi Fredda Cohen              Rabbi Seth Morse Limmer
                                                                            Rabbi Howard A. Cohen           Rabbi Jonathan Lipnick             Cantor Lisa Arbisser
        The international controversy surrounding the attack on the         Rabbi Edward Cohn               Rabbi Ellen Lippmann               Cantor Chanin Becker
        Gaza flotilla, the tragic loss of life, and the growing isolation   Rabbi Hillel Cohn               Rabbi Jane Rachel Litman           Cantor David Bentley
                                                                            Rabbi Neil Comess-Daniels       Rabbi Andrea C. London             Cantor Charles Bernhardt
        of Israel concern us deeply. They reinforce our conviction          Rabbi Shoshanah Conover         Rabbi Alan Herbert Lovins          Cantor Freyda Black
                                                                            Rabbi David J. Cooper           Rabbi Shaul Magid                  Cantor Leslie F. Boyer
        that immediate efforts to finally resolve the Israeli-Palestinian   Rabbi Scott Corngold            Rabbi Larry Mahrer                 Cantor Paul Buch
        conflict are urgently needed to ensure Israel’s long-term           Rabbi Rachel B. Cowan           Rabbi Nina Hope Mandel             Cantor Susan Caro
                                                                                                                                               Cantor Jack Chomsky
                                                                            Rabbi William Cutter            Rabbi Paula Marcus
        security and to create a viable, just, and lasting two-state        Rabbi Harry Danziger            Rabbi Bonnie Margulis              Cantor Ellen Dreskin
                                                                            Rabbi Michelle Dardashti        Rabbi Nathan Martin                Cantor Ellen Jaffe-Gill
        solution.                                                           Rabbi Justin David              Rabbi Robert Marx                  Cantor Aviva Katzman
                                                                            Rabbi Stuart Ervin Davis        Rabbi Simeon J. Maslin             Cantor Evan Kent
         It is our hope that the rhetoric and actions that feed             Rabbi Lavey Yitzchak Derby      Rabbi Dennis Math                  Cantor Leigh Korn
                                                                                                                                               Cantor Wayne Krieger
                                                                            Rabbi James S. Diamond          Rabbi Ralph Mecklenburger
        fear and violence, emanating from both Israeli and                  Rabbi Fred Scherlinder Dobb     Rabbi Bernard H. Mehlman           Cantor Karen N. Kumin
                                                                            Rabbi Robert Dobrusin           Rabbi Rim Meirowitz                Cantor Jonathan Lovins
        Palestinian leaders, will soon give way to bold leadership          Rabbi Art Donsky                Rabbi Paul J. Menitoff             Cantor Judith Naimark
                                                                                                                                               Cantor Martha Novick
        that makes way for the compromises necessary to bring               Rabbi Elliot Dorff
                                                                            Rabbi William Dreskin
                                                                                                            Rabbi Edith M. Meyerson
                                                                                                            Rabbi Rachel Mikva                 Cantor Steven Puzarne
        the violence, despair, and terror to an end.                        Rabbi Laurence Edwards          Rabbi Michelle Missaghieh          Cantor David E. Reinwald
                                                                            Rabbi H. Bruce Ehrmann          Rabbi Malka Mittelman              Cantor Charles D. Romalis
                                                                            Rabbi Amy Eilberg               Rabbi David Mivasair               Cantor Aviva Rosenbloom
        It is our hope that Israel will bring to an end what                Rabbi Jeffrey Eisenstat         Rabbi Stephen Moch                 Cantor Pamela Sawyer
                                                                                                                                               Cantor Richard Schwartz
        has become a counter-productive blockade of Gaza’s                  Rabbi Diane A. Elliot
                                                                            Rabbi David Ellis
                                                                                                            Rabbi Reuben Modek
                                                                                                            Rabbi Ben Morrow                   Cantor Lisa Verona Segal
        citizens, a policy which has only strengthened Hamas,               Rabbi Barat Ellman              Rabbi Jay Moses                    Cantor David Serkin-Poole
                                                                            Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell           Rabbi Dan Moskovitz                Cantor Linda Shivers
        while causing great suffering to many innocent                      Rabbi Rachel Esserman           Rabbi Linda Motzkin                Cantor Michael Shochet
                                                                            Rabbi Andrew Vogel Ettin        Rabbi David W. Nelson              Cantor Jaime Shpall
        Palestinians. The blockade as currently operated also               Rabbi Ted Falcon                Rabbi Sarah Newmark                Cantor Jacqueline L.
        undermines Israel’s long-term security and interests                Rabbi Jeffrey Falick            Rabbi Dev Noily                      Shuchat-Marx
                                                                            Rabbi Milton Feierstein         Rabbi Robert Nosanchuk             Cantor Joel Smith
        by increasing international hostility and isolation. We             Rabbi Charles M. Feinberg       Rabbi Stacy Offner                 Cantor Kerith Spencer-Shapiro
                                                                            Rabbi Michael Edward Feinberg   Rabbi Hannah Orden                 Cantor Jodi Lee Sufrin
        believe it is possible for Israel to ensure that weapons            Rabbi Edward Feld               Rabbi Laura Owens                  Cantor Avery Tracht
        and materials intended for purposes of terror do not                Rabbi Theodore Feldman          Rabbi Ita Paskind                  Cantor Louise Treitman
                                                                                                                                               Cantor Aaron Vitells
                                                                            Rabbi Zev-Hayyim Feyer          Rabbi Alexis Pearce
        enter Gaza by screening humanitarian goods and                      Rabbi Brian Field               Rabbi Barbara Rosman Penzner       Cantor Alan Weiner
                                                                            Rabbi Hanoch Fields             Rabbi Karen Perolman               Cantor Gregory Yaroslow
        materials appropriately to ensure they are intended for             Rabbi Tirzah Firestone          Rabbi Laurie Phillips
                                                                                                                                               Rabbinic and Cantorial Students
        peaceful purposes.                                                  Rabbi Frank A. Fischer
                                                                            Rabbi Alan Flam
                                                                                                            Rabbi Stephen H. Pinsky
                                                                                                            Rabbi Amber Powers                 Aura Ahuvia
                                                                            Rabbi Nancy Flam                Rabbi Fred N. Reiner               Guy Izhak Austrian
         It is our hope that the American Jewish community will             Rabbi Alissa Forrest            Rabbi Victor Hillel Reinstein      Susan J. Averbach
                                                                            Rabbi Allen I. Freehling        Rabbi Yael B. Ridberg              Daniel Bar-Nahum
        become a positive force for peace, adding our voices to             Rabbi Joan Friedman             Rabbi James Bruce Rosenberg        Rachel Evelyne Barenblat
                                                                                                                                               David Basior
        those in Israel calling for compromise and reconciliation.          Rabbi John S. Friedman
                                                                            Rabbi Suri Friedman
                                                                                                            Rabbi Jennie Rosenn
                                                                                                            Rabbi John Leon Rosove             Daniel Bogard
                                                                            Rabbi Serena L. Fujita          Rabbi Jeffrey M. Roth              Joshua Breitzer
         It is our hope that the Obama administration will take             Rabbi Capers C. Funnye          Rabbi Sandy Roth                   Getzel Davis
                                                                            Rabbi Ruth Gais                 Rabbi Jonathan Rubenstein          Jill Doornek
        this recent crisis as an opportunity to do all in its power to      Rabbi Joyce Galaski             Rabbi Sarah Niebuhr Rubin          Matthew Dreffin
                                                                                                                                               Lori Feldstein-Gardner
        achieve a viable and lasting peace between Israel and the           Rabbi Steven Garten
                                                                            Rabbi Rachel Gartner
                                                                                                            Rabbi Gila Ruskin
                                                                                                            Rabbi Andrew M. Sacks              Brian Fink
        Palestinians.                                                       Rabbi Elliot Ginsburg           Rabbi Jared Saks                   Nathan Fuchs
                                                                            Rabbi Aubrey L. Glazer          Rabbi Joanna Samuels               Daniel Geffen
                                                                            Rabbi Miriyam Glazer            Rabbi Regina L. Sandler-Phillips   Jonah Geffen
                                                                            Rabbi Rosalind Glazer           Rabbi Michael Satz                 Sharon Graetz
               Hope is not lost, and we refuse to                           Rabbi Robert J. Gluck           Rabbi Jeffrey Saxe                 Jennifer Gubitz
                                                                            Rabbi Shefa Gold                Rabbi Julie Saxe-Taller            Yael Hammerman
              give up hope in the possibility of two                        Rabbi Rachel Goldenberg         Rabbi Herman Schaalman             Marc Katz
                                                                            Rabbi Barbara Goldman-Wartell   Rabbi Philip Schechter             Mark A. Levy
            states, Jewish and Palestinian, living as                       Rabbi David Gordis              Rabbi Jeffrey Schein
                                                                                                            Rabbi Ira Schiffer
                                                                                                                                               Amy Loewenthal
                                                                                                                                               Sara Luria
                                                                            Rabbi Andrew Gordon
                neighbors, in peace and security.                           Rabbi Seth Goren
                                                                            Rabbi Andrea Gouze
                                                                                                            Rabbi Chaim Leib Schneider
                                                                                                            Rabbi Jeremy Schneider
                                                                                                                                               Lev B.J. Meirowitz Nelson
                                                                                                                                               Lea Mühlstein
                     Od lo avda tikvateinu.                                 Rabbi Roberto Graetz
                                                                            Rabbi Art Green
                                                                                                            Rabbi Robert David Schreibman
                                                                                                            Rabbi Burt Schuman
                                                                                                                                               Joshua Ratner
                                                                                                                                               Elana Rosen-Brown
                                                                            Rabbi Eytan Hammerman           Rabbi Jeremy Schwartz              Derek Rosenbaum
                                                                            Rabbi Maurice D. Harris         Rabbi Judith Seid                  Ken Rosenstein
                                                                            Rabbi Floyd L. Herman           Rabbi Gerald Serotta               Jacob Singer-Beilin
                                                                            Rabbi Lauren Grabelle Hermann   Rabbi Isaac Daniel Serotta         Kerrith Solomon
                                                                            Rabbi B. Charles Herring        Rabbi Rami Shapiro                 Kaya Joy Stern-Kaufman
                                                                            Rabbi Jay B. Heyman             Rabbi Arnie Sher                   Barry A. Swan
                                                                            Rabbi Erin Hirsh                Rabbi John Sherwood                Marina Tecktiel
                                                                            Rabbi Jocee Hudson              Rabbi David Shneyer                Lila Veissid
                                                                            Rabbi Geoffrey Huntting         Rabbi Dennis Shulman               Seth Wax
                                                                            Rabbi Yitzhak Husbands-Hankin   Rabbi Lawrence Silverman           Mara Young
                                                                            Rabbi Peter Hyman               Rabbi Jim Simon                    Matthew Zerwekh
                                                                            Rabbi Daniel J. Isaak           Rabbi Beth Singer                  Deborah Zuker
                    P.O. Box 66073, Washington, DC 20035                    Rabbi Richard Jacobs            Rabbi Elliot Skiddell
                                                                            Rabbi Steven B. Jacobs          Rabbi Amy Joy Small
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