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  • 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...

  • Jewish groups ask Obama not to veto settlements resolution

    January 20, 2011 | 3:32 pm

    J Street and Americans for Peace Now called on President Obama to withhold a U.S. veto on a United Nations Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlement building.

    In a policy statement posted Thursday on its website, J Street noted that for 40 years and across eight...

  • Jewish leaders outraged at Glenn Beck attack on George Soros

    November 11, 2010 | 11:13 am

    Jewish leaders expressed outrage at an attack by Glenn Beck on George Soros’ World War II childhood.

    Beck, the Fox News Channel provocateur, is running a series this week on his radio an TV shows, portraying Soros as attempting to control the U.S. economy.

    In his radio show...

  • Insiders: Why was J Street so scared of Soros?

    September 28, 2010 | 2:01 pm

    George Soros has been a top funder in recent years of liberal political advocacy groups, and Jews have still been voting for Democrats at a 75 to 80 percent clip. J Street, meanwhile, has built relations with lawmakers, lined up support from liberal rabbis and communal leaders, and...

  • J Street owns up to Soros funding

    September 27, 2010 | 12:03 pm

    J Street has acknowledged substantial donations from billionaire George Soros, reversing years of claims by the group that it had nothing to do with the liberal financier, and apologized for making misleading statements about his role.

    Jeremy Ben-Ami, the director of the dovish...

  • An Islamic Center at Ground Zero

    By Rob Eshman

    August 3, 2010 | 3:28 pm

    Few issues illustrate the fractured, contradictory and disputatious nature of the American Jewish community better than the debate over whether to build an Islamic community center at the site of Ground Zero.

    This week, a New York City commission ended the landmark status of the...

  • J Street expects to raise $1 million for candidates

    July 2, 2010 | 9:41 am

    J Street’s political action committee has raised $650,000 so far for this year’s elections and is backing a slate of 61 candidates, including 10 Jewish lawmakers.

    A statement Thursday from the dovish pro-Israel lobby’s PAC said that it expected to raise $1 million this cycle.


  • With JCall, European Jews get their own J Street debate

    May 4, 2010 | 1:53 pm

    The launch of JCall has brought the debate that American Jewry has seen over J Street to Jewish Europe: Outside of Israel, how critical in public should you be of Israeli government policies you believe are not in Israel’s best interests?

    The founders of JCall, who seek to push...

  • Petition by J Street-inspired lobby pans Israeli policies

    April 28, 2010 | 11:05 am

    A new European Jewish lobby modeled after J Street will present a petition criticizing Israeli policies while defending Israel’s right to exist.

    JCall will present its “European Call for Reason” petition in the European Parliament in Brussels on May 3. The document underscores...

  • J Street ad responds to Wiesel

    April 27, 2010 | 10:21 am

    J Street is placing full-page ads in Jewish weekly newspapers on the topic of securing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel under a two-state solution.

    The ad, to be placed in seven newspapers in cities with large Jewish populations, features an Op-Ed written by former Israeli Cabinet...

  • Oren, J Street meet

    April 15, 2010 | 10:10 pm

    Israel’s U.S. ambassador formally met with the director of J Street.

    “The conversation, which took place at the Israeli Embassy, lasted approximately one hour and covered a wide range of topics, including the peace process, the U.S.-Israel relationship and Iran,” said a statement...

  • J-Street and NIAC: An Unholy Alliance

    By Karmel Melamed

    December 6, 2009 | 9:13 pm

    As a young child I had the very unique opportunity of being raised by my wise Iranian Jewish great-grandmother who lived a full life of more than a century. Perhaps the most powerful lesson she taught me was “if you ever want to know what kind of person someone really is, see who...

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