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  • 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.

    In...

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  • 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...

  • Mel Levine: Obama “Well Understands”

    By Rob Eshman

    October 27, 2009 | 8:18 pm

    Following is the draft of the speech former congressman Mel Levine (D-CA) delivered Oct. 28, 2009 at the first convention of the pro-Israel lobbying group J-Street in Washington, D.C.

    Let me begin with a candid personal statement and an acknowledgement of my own point of view, or...

  • J Street should rescind its invitation to Al-Marayati

    By Morton A. Klein

    September 10, 2009 | 6:55 pm

    Is J Street a pro-Israel group? The lobbying organization never tires of claiming it is.

    Yet what pro-Israel group would invite a man to speak at its forthcoming conference who has called for Israel’s destruction, stating that “the establishment by force, violence and terrorism...

  • Iran policy reveals split between U.S. Jewish and Israeli left

    September 7, 2009 | 5:23 pm

    Israel’s highest-ranking female soldier, Brig. Gen. Yisraela Oron, was sounding all the right notes for her J Street hosts.

    At the tail end of a U.S. tour for the left-wing pro-Israel lobby, Oron was lending her considerable security credentials to its platform: a two-state...

  • Nation World Briefs: Peace Process, Interfaith Campus

    March 25, 2009 | 10:19 pm

    American Jews Want U.S. to Engage in Peace Process, Poll Reports

    American Jews favor an active U.S. role in the Middle East peace process even if it means exerting pressure on Israel, according to a poll.

    The survey by J Street, which backs assertive U.S. engagement in the peace...

  • Will Congress listen to liberal pro-Israel groups’ criticism of Gaza operation?

    December 30, 2008 | 7:32 pm

    WASHINGTON (JTA)—In the first sign of a post-election struggle to set the American Jewish community’s Middle East agenda, a quartet of liberal pro-Israel groups is criticizing Jerusalem’s decision to launch retaliatory attacks against Gaza.

    J Street, Americans for Peace Now, Brit...

  • Can new pro-Israel group J Street generate political clout?

    November 13, 2008 | 12:24 am

    Can fundraising success translate into Capitol Hill clout?

    That's the question facing J Street, the new liberal pro-Israel political action committee, which raised nearly $570,000 for 41 U.S. House and Senate candidates -- a total far surpassing most other pro-Israel political action...

  • Jews looked past worries to embrace Obama

    By Ron Kampeas

    November 6, 2008 | 6:08 pm

    For some Jewish voters, the strangeness of Barack Obama was like a recurring dream: unsettling and then settling in, and then, suddenly, revelatory.

    Ari Wallach described breaking through to elderly Jews in Florida who had resisted voting for the son of the man from Kenya, the tall...

  • Don’t run Republican Jewish Coalition ads, pro-Israel group J Street tells Jewish newspapers

    By Ron Kampeas

    October 13, 2008 | 3:19 pm

    WASHINGTON (JTA)—A campaign by a new dovish pro-Israel group to get Jewish newspapers not to run Republican Jewish Coalition attack ads has raised questions about what’s kosher and what isn’t in this fraught political season.

    The new group, J Street, helped flood many Jewish...

  • Rosner to the rescue: J Street full of surprises after all

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 18, 2008 | 1:26 pm

    I hate being wrong, which is why I started to worry this morning after seeing the reaction on liberal Jewish blogs to the J Street survey of American Jewish sentiments. I had panned the results as being chock full unsurprising schlock that, quite conveniently, bowed to J Street’s...

  • Briefs: Pro-Israel doves launch D.C. lobbying effort, Carter—in Israel— calls Sderot attacks ’

    April 17, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Pro-Israel Doves Launch D.C. Outfit


    J Street promo video


    Pro-Israel doves are launching an initiative aimed at countering the influence of established Jewish organizations on Capitol Hill. In a conference call Tuesday, organizers announced the launch of J Street, a lobby outfit and a...

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