Birthday Fundraising Letter Templates
From Cecilie Surasky, Deputy Director
I'll keep this simple. It would mean a great deal to me personally if you would make a gift of any amount to Jewish Voice for Peace, a group I believe in with my heart, soul, flesh and blood, time and money. The ONLY major Jewish group in the country that actually isn't saying, essentially "screw you", right now, to the Palestinian desire for freedom and basic fairness. We respect and love our Palestinian friends and allies as equals- just as we respect and love our Jewish Israeli friends and allies as equals. We all enter this work as mere mortals, trying to make this a better world for everyone.
I hate drawing attention to my birthday. And many of you are already regular donors to JVP and have given generously-so I say thank you!. But if you haven't, and want to do good in the world or you want to make a good investment or if you just want to send me a happy birthday message that would mean a lot- then please make a gift of any size to JVP and I'll thank you like crazy!
From Rebecca Vilkomerson, Executive Director
Hello my dear ones,
It’s almost my birthday. (Yes, I’m turning 40. OK? Let’s move on.)
I’m not usually a big birthday person, but this year I’ve decided to turn it into a force for good.
Jewish Voice for Peace has been an enormous part of my life for ten years —a quarter of my life! I first got involved when we were just a bunch of people sitting around plotting in a Berkeley living room. The friends and activists I knew or met through JVP sustained me during the three years I was living in Israel. And in the two years plus since we’ve been back in New York, I’ve been honored to be JVP’s Executive Director, helping to build our movement into something strong and powerful enough to bend our small part of the world toward justice.
I am so proud to be a part of JVP-- the only major Jewish organization that unequivocally stands for the equal right to justice and equality, democracy and security, for all the people of Israel and Palestine.
So it would mean so much to me if in honor of this big birthday, you would make a donation to JVP. If you love me, then it would mean so much for you to honor the work I have committed my life to. If you love the movement, then you’ll be giving to one of the most effective organizations out there today. And if you love me AND the movement—well then I guess you better double your gift!
In love and appreciation and gratitude,
From Rabbi Alissa Wise, Director of Campaigns
My birthday is almost here. And all I want for my birthday is to keep on doing the work I do with Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP).
For those of you that have known me for years, you know that working full-time on seeking justice, equality and self-determination in Israel/Palestine is an amazing blessing for me. For a decade I did this work in between other commitments, squeezing it in because it was just so important to me. Now I have the privilege to spend all day every day doing this work I so deeply believe in.
And I’m not the only one—JVP is growing by leaps and bounds and we need financial support to ensure we can meet the increasing energy we are seeing with organizing skill development trainings, reliable online tools for intra-member communication and external advocacy, and the infrastructure to continue to sustain and nurture the movement for justice in Israel/Palestine--until we win!
So, in honor of my birthday, I would be so incredibly grateful if you would make a donation to JVP. If you love me, then it would mean so much for you to honor the work I have committed my life to. If you love the movement, then you’ll be giving to one of the most effective organizations out there today. And if you love me AND the movement—well then I guess you better double your gift!
Much love and gratitude,
From Ari Wohlfeiler, Grassroots Fundraising Coordinator
For my birthday on May 24th, I'm asking my family, friends, and comrades for a special gift: help me raise $1,000 for Jewish Voice for Peace.
Over the last two months, I've had the amazing pleasure of starting to work at JVP. I'm getting the chance to learn every day - personal learning like "how to have a new job," political learning about Palestinian struggles for freedom and leftwing Jewish history, and cultural learning like how to say Yom Huledet Same'ach (actually, I had to look that up online. I still know many more christmas carols than hebrew phrases).
But beyond all it's doing for me, JVP does really amazing work for the world. JVP reaches tens of thousands of people in the US every day to mobilize a voice for equality and human rights. It's played a major role shining the spotlight on the US government's ugly and destructive role funding occupation and conflict, and created legitimacy for US Jews who refuse to let the right-wing define us as a people. Right now JVP is part of intense campaigns holding major US companies accountable for profitting from the Israeli war-machine, training young leaders to be strong grassroots organizers, and calling the mainstream media on their biased and short-sighted "reporting." The work is exciting and busy and difficult, and growing.
So...If you're someone who traditionally gives me a birthday gift, all I want this year is a gift for JVP. No socks, mom; no dress shirt, mary ann; no novel, uncle danny; no checks, oma and gloria; no miracle of craft work, amy; no booze, everyone else.
And if we don't tend to do the birthday thing, what better way to start? The work JVP is doing today will make a difference - for the better - in what the world looks like for my next birthday, and yours.
From Lynn Pollack, JVP-Chicago
Hello, and thanks for checking out my Birthday Wish!
For my birthday on May 19th, I'm asking my friends and family for a special gift: help me raise $500 for Jewish Voice For Peace.
I chose Jewish Voice For Peace because of its commitment to justice, and to speaking the truth, even to those who don't want to hear it.
Please consider giving to my Birthday Wish, and together we can help Palestinians achieve justice, maybe in my lifetime!. If you can't give now, I'd really appreciate if you'd share this page with your friends.
Thanks so much,
From Jordan Ash, Board Member and JVP-Twin Cities Leader (Pledge in honor of his son’s Bar Mitzvah)
I’m still kvelling!
This past May was my son Isaac’s bar mitzvah, He did an amazing job. One of the parts that I was most proud of was his D’var Torah regarding the “eye for eye, tooth for tooth” verse from Leviticus.
Isaac related a profound quotation from Martin Luther King:
"The old law of an eye for an eye leaves everybody blind. It is immoral because it seeks to humiliate the opponent rather than win his understanding. . . . Violence is immoral because it thrives on hatred rather than love. It destroys community and makes brotherhood impossible. It leaves society in monologue rather than dialogue. Violence ends by defeating itself. It creates bitterness in the survivors and brutality in the destroyers."
I couldn’t help thinking about the situation between Israel and Palestine, and the cycle of violence that has engulfed both sides. I also couldn’t help thinking about the importance of Jewish Voice for Peace and our work with Israelis and Palestinians for divestment as a moral, non-violent response to the violence of Israeli’s military occupation. The anti-apartheid movement showed us that outside pressure is often required to bring about change and stop human rights violations.
This week Jewish Voice for Peace celebrated a huge victory in our campaign to win divestment from companies that profit from the occupation. TIAA-CREF divested $72 million of stock in Caterpillar, a company that supplies weaponized bulldozers for Israel to use in demolishing Palestinian homes, destroying olive groves, and building illegal Jewish-only settlement on Palestinian land.
I am so proud of my son and so proud to be a part of JVP-- the only major Jewish organization that unequivocally stands for the equal right to justice and equality, democracy and security, for all the people of Israel and Palestine.
It would mean so much to me if in honor of Isaac’s Bar Mitzvah, you would make a donation to JVP. I'm hoping to raise $500.