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  • Opinion: The irrelevance of J Street

    March 19, 2012 | 12:12 pm

    In January 2009, flushed with the success of Barack Obama’s election to the presidency, many on the left assumed that the new left-wing lobby J Street would soon be a major force in Washington. They thought that even if it did not replace AIPAC as the voice of American Jewry on...

  • Letters to the Editor: Dennis Prager, religion in politics, J Street

    March 14, 2012 | 3:47 pm

    Prager’s ‘Golden Calf’ Column Provokes Response

    Dennis Prager’s latest jeremiad (“Our Golden Calf,” March 9) reaches new depths of absurdism. His tired and ludicrous mantra that “leftism” is the cause of humanity’s ills can’t be taken seriously. In one fell...

  • American Jews need J Street

    February 29, 2012 | 1:07 pm

    As founders and leaders of J Street U college and university chapters, we expected the hardest part of our work to be confronting issues on campus like divestment at UC Berkeley, an unwillingness to engage with Israel at Occidental, or a polarized conversation at UCLA that had grown...

  • This “Apartheid Week,” pro-Israel voices on left and right speak up [VIDEO]

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    February 28, 2012 | 2:35 pm

    It’s Israel Apartheid Week, when college campuses across America are overtaken by paper-mache walls, cardboard tanks and a whole lot of criticism of the Jewish state. Do you know where the voices speaking up for Israel are?

    They’re all over the map.

    Tonight, a film called...

  • Must Read, January 20, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    January 20, 2012 | 2:18 am

    Groups that demonize Israel place themselves outside the tent

    Writing for jweekly.com, Natan Nestel takes aim at J Street, claiming that its stance on Israel should make it unwelcome in Jewish circles.

    “What’s common to J Street U events is not a balanced, thoughtful discussion of...

  • Berkeley Hillel leaders urge students to reconsider J Street rejection

    December 12, 2011 | 3:16 pm

    Hillel leaders at the University of California, Berkeley, are urging the Jewish Student Union on campus to reconsider its rejection of J Street’s campus affiliate.

    The Jewish Student Union, an umbrella body for UC Berkeley Jewish student groups, voted last month to deny membership...

  • Books: The J Street Zionist

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    November 17, 2011 | 9:55 am

    “Israel’s existence is in fact threatened by a progressive, terminal illness,” Jeremy Ben-Ami, founder of J Street, writes in “A New Voice for Israel: Fighting for the Survival of the Jewish Nation” (Palgrave Macmillan: $26).  According to his diagnosis, the illness is a...

  • Dovish J Street undecided on ADL-AJC Israel “Unity Pledge”

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    October 28, 2011 | 12:00 pm

    UPDATED: The headline of this post has been changed from an earlier version (“J Street rejects ‘Unity Pledge’ on Israel, joining Right-wing groups”) at the request of J Street staff. According to J Street Director of Media and Communications Jessica Rosenblum, the...

  • MK Einat Wilf outlines new Israeli contract with the Jewish world

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    September 12, 2011 | 7:09 pm

    Talking to a journalist before an event on Sept. 6, Einat Wilf, a Member of Knesset in Ehud Barak’s Independence Faction, trotted out an old Israeli joke.

    In Israel, Wilf said, “A third of Israelis serve in the army, a third of Israelis work, and a third of Israelis pay taxes...

  • J Street opposes Palestinian statehood bid

    September 8, 2011 | 10:18 am

    The liberal Jewish group J Street opposes Palestinian efforts to achieve statehood recognition through the United Nations, as well as plans to penalize the Palestinians for making the bid.

    “We believe that everything J Street stands for and what we do needs to promote the two-state...

  • J Street, the book—expect more controversy

    July 19, 2011 | 11:55 am

    If there’s one thing J Street is good at, it’s getting attention.

    Supporters, critics and relatively neutral observers all have conspired—with plenty of prodding from J Street’s own aggressive communications operation—to shine an intense media spotlight on the self-described...

  • Netanyahu won’t meet with visiting congressional delegation

    June 6, 2011 | 2:29 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will not meet with a visiting congressional delegation visiting under J Street auspices.

    Jeremy Ben-Ami, who directs the self-described “pro-Israel, pro-peace” group, confirmed Monday that the prime minister and other senior government...

  • J Street to remain on Boston Jewish council

    May 26, 2011 | 10:28 am

    The Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston voted to retain the membership of J Street, despite a challenge on technical grounds.

    The council voted Wednesday night to retain its 41 active groups as members, including J Street and Boston Workmen’s Circle, which some...

  • An extremist coup at the Union for Reform Judaism

    April 29, 2011 | 12:45 pm

    The nomination of Rabbi Richard Jacobs to head the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) is the latest coup for J Street. Less than three years after its founding,  a member of J Street’s Rabbinic Cabinet is being appointed to head the largest branch of American Judaism. With the nominee...

  • Civility 101

    By Rob Eshman

    April 20, 2011 | 5:33 pm

    When you get a moment, go online and read the account by our reporter Jonah Lowenfeld of the April 11 J Street debate at Temple Israel of Hollywood. 

    Jewish Journal columnist David Suissa squared off against Jeremy Ben-Ami, founder and president of the self-annointed “pro-Israel,...

  • J Street staffers announce departure

    April 6, 2011 | 1:32 pm

    Two J Street staff members who have been with the organization since its inception three years ago have resigned their positions for new opportunities, the organization announced.

    Issac Luria, the vice president of new media and communications, and press secretary Amy Spitalnick are...

  • Knesset hearings on J Street up ante in debate about ‘pro-Israel, pro-peace’ lobby

    March 15, 2011 | 4:05 pm

    Is turnabout fair play when Israel examines the critics who would examine its actions?

    Groups on the Jewish left expressed outrage last week after the Knesset subcommittee on public diplomacy voted to convene hearings on J Street, the Washington-based lobby that calls itself...

  • Knesset committee to discuss J Street

    March 10, 2011 | 11:45 am

    An Israeli Knesset committee will hold a hearing on the activities of J Street.

    The Knesset Immigration, Absorption and Public Diplomacy Committee said Wednesday that the hearing on J Street, which calls itself a “pro-Israel, pro-peace” organization, will be held as soon as next...

  • Jewish groups criticize hearings on Muslims

    March 10, 2011 | 10:29 am

    A number of Jewish groups have expressed concern at congressional hearings on terrorism that focus on Islam.

    “Homegrown Muslim extremists pose a real threat to the United States, but the issue is one that may be difficult to explore seriously in a hearing that has engendered an...

  • Letters to the Editor: J Street, Wisconsin, Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions

    March 9, 2011 | 12:38 pm

    Traffic Going in Both Directions on J Street

    I would like to add my congratulations, to the many he has already received, to David Suissa for again having written an excellent, incisive and rational article, “J Street Needs Another Lane” (March 4) to complement his “Israel...

  • Why I support J Street

    March 9, 2011 | 12:35 pm

    I joined more than 2,400 pro-Israel, pro-peace activists — students and American and Israeli leaders, including five members of the Knesset, dozens of members of Congress and 100 rabbis, last week in Washington, D.C., at J Street’s second national conference.

    Although I am the...

  • At Berkeley campus, Jewish students on far left and far right on Israel talk about their motivations

    March 7, 2011 | 1:10 pm

    It’s March, which means the days get longer and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict heats up on campuses across North America with the annual staging of Israel Apartheid Week.

    Last year, pro-Israel activists countered Apartheid Week events ranging from anti-Israel speeches to the...

  • Encountering Peace: Learning from J Street

    March 4, 2011 | 3:18 pm

    I am writing from Washington DC, where I’m attending the second annual conference of J Street, together with more than 2,000 American Jews from all walks of life, four MKs from Kadima and one from Labor.

    There are a number of other Israelis representing various peace and...

  • J Street needs another lane

    By David Suissa

    March 1, 2011 | 6:34 pm

    I was watching the J Street convention on its Web site, and it reminded me a little of those underground meetings among religious settlers in the West Bank. That is, a constant flow of red meat served to the fervent and the like-minded.

    In the case of J Street, this red meat can be...

  • For J Streeters, pro-Palestinian is pro-Israel

    March 1, 2011 | 10:18 am

    The detractors of J Street, the “pro-Israel, pro-peace” lobbying organization, like to portray the organization’s leader, Jeremy Ben-Ami, as so far to the left of mainstream American Jewish opinion as to be out of bounds.

    If they think Ben-Ami is too much of a lefty on Israel,...

  • Ross: More time needed for bridging peace proposals

    February 28, 2011 | 11:38 am

    More time is needed to bridge gaps between Israelis and Palestinians before direct peace talks can resume, Dennis Ross said.

    In a speech Monday to the J Street conference in Washington, the senior White House adviser on Middle East peace issues said the current process of the United...

  • J Street organizing its own college Israel trip

    February 16, 2011 | 10:19 am

    J Street is organizing its own Israel trip for Jewish college students after Birthright Israel declined to partner with it.

    In a letter to J Street supporters, the organization announced that its campus arm, J Street U, would organize a trip to Israel and the West Bank for 10-15...

  • Dennis Ross to address J Street confab

    February 14, 2011 | 12:53 pm

    Dennis Ross, the senior adviser to President Obama on Middle East issues, is addressing this year’s J Street conference, the group said.

    Ross, seen as an administration hard-liner on Iran and as arguing for greater consideration of Israel’s needs in peace negotiations, would be a...

  • Birthright rejects J Street partnership

    February 1, 2011 | 3:34 pm

    Birthright Israel has rejected a proposed partnership trip with J Street, saying it no longer works with organizations with Israel-related political leanings.

    J Street had begun promoting the trip last week being organized by its campus arm, J Street U, in cooperation with Israel...

  • Ackerman cuts off J Street

    January 25, 2011 | 3:08 pm

    U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman severed ties with J Street over its call on the Obama administration not to veto a U.N. Security Council resolution on settlements.

    “After learning of J Street’s current public call for the Obama Administration to not veto a prospective U.N. Security...

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