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Losing The Battle, Winning The War?

After the Presidents' Conference rejection of J Street, what does it mean to be ‘pro-Israel?'

05/07/2014
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Last week the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations rejected the controversial group, J Street, for membership. Was the vote a test of the openness of the communal umbrella group itself or of the truthfulness of the rebuffed lobby that describes itself as “pro-Israel and pro-peace?”

Gary Rosenblatt
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Conference Of Presidents Out Of Touch

05/06/2014
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Six years ago, J Street was founded on the premise that a large component of the American Jewish community had a voice that wasn't being represented in our own traditional establishment organizations. Five years ago, I joined J Street's lay leadership in New York because I'd felt that sentiment personally. And as J Street went through the process of applying for membership to the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, I was asked several times: Why even bother? You guys are the outsider voice by nature, so why try to get “in?"

Talia Benamy

Reform Movement Mulls Leaving Presidents Conf. In Wake Of J Street Rejection

05/02/2014
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WASHINGTON — Saying the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations needs an overhaul, the Union for Reform Judaism said leaving the umbrella body could be an option.

Actually, J Street Won

The Conference of Presidents has compromised its integrity as a group that truly represents American Jewry.

05/01/2014
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Sometimes you win. Sometimes you lose.  Sometimes you win, but really lose. And then other times you lose, but really win.

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik
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Conference Of Presidents Rejects J Street

04/30/2014
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The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations rejected the membership application of J Street, an organization that bills itself as pro-Israel and yet has frequently criticized the Jewish state.

ZOA Tries To Block J Street's Membership In Umbrella Group

04/24/2014
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The Jewish community’s so-called big tent when it comes to Israel is large enough to include Alpha Epsilon Pi, the college fraternity, but it may not be big enough for J Street, the dovish pro-Israel lobby group. AEPi, as far as anyone knows, isn’t a powerhouse, Israel-wise, but in 2012 J Street distributed $1.8 million to 71 candidates, believed to be the most in history by a pro-Israel political action committee.

Jeremy Ben-Ami, the public face of J Street.  JTA

Pro-Israel Jews Must Support Kerry

03/28/2014
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The fulfillment of the Zionist dream of a Jewish homeland and democratic state may rest on the actions taken by the American pro-Israel community over the coming weeks.

Asher Mayerson

Students Say It's Dangerous To Ignore The Green Line

03/10/2014
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Students here and across the Jewish world are fighting for an honest conversation about the Green Line, the armistice line that serves as the basis for any talks between the Israelis and Palestinians. If we bury our heads in the sand, we become all the more vulnerable to Israel’s real enemies.

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Liberal Jews Criticize Mayor's Comments To AIPAC

Supporting 'hard-line' lobby not part of job description, say boldfaced names in arts, philanthropy, academia, rabbinate.

01/29/2014
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Mayor Bill de Blasio's recent address to AIPAC has riled up a group of prominent Jewish liberals who feel it was wrong for him to roll out a proverbial red carpet at City Hall for the pro-Israel lobby group.

In an open letter to the mayor, which was emailed to The Jewish Week on Wednesday, the group took exception to de Blasio's remarks at the Jan. 24 Manhattan gala, which were meant to be limited to the dinner audience.

Feminist icon Gloria Steinem is one of the critical letter's signatories. Getty Images

Biden To J Street: Regional Instability Presents Incentive For Peace

10/01/2013
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Instability in the Middle East presents an incentive to advance Israeli-Palestinian peace, Vice President Joe Biden told J Street’s annual conference.

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