J Street

Gaza And American Jews: ‘We Are One?’

07/22/2014 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

‘We Are One!” 

That’s the oft-articulated mantra of American Jewish groups, expressing solidarity on core public-affairs matters, especially those threatening Israel’s security.

Jerome A. Chanes

Fault Lines Open As Civilian Deaths Mount

Jewish left voices concern over loss of life as polls show strong support for Israel.

07/22/2014 - 20:00
Staff Writer

The divisions in the Jewish community over the war in Gaza broke into the open this week as the number of Israeli soldiers killed reached 27 by Tuesday night and the number of Palestinian deaths neared 600.

Thousands of pro-Israel supporters rallied Sunday in Times Square. Getty Images

American Jewish Organizations Condemn Murder Of Arab Teen

07/07/2014 - 20:00

The murder of a Palestinian teenager allegedly by Jewish extremists has drawn widespread condemnations from across the ideological spectrum of the organized Jewish world.

Revive – Don’t Resign From --The Conference Of Presidents

06/02/2014 - 20:00

Emotions have run high in some quarters in recent weeks, since J Street failed to win membership in the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations. Like the Reform Movement’s other three Conference member organizations, the Central Conference of American Rabbis, the rabbinic leadership organization of Reform Judaism, voted in favor of J Street’s application.

Rabbi Richard A. Block

J Street U: A Third Of Hillel Int'l Board Should Be Students

05/15/2014 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Our community has seen astonishing shifts around what kind of conversation is “allowed” when we talk about Israel. Last month, over 300 students gathered at the first ever J Street U Student Town Hall to discuss this shifting landscape. We invited Eric Fingerhut, Hillel International’s CEO, to join us. Though he originally committed to attending, he canceled due to scheduling issues.

Gabriel T. Erbs

Dangerous Direction Seen In Presidents Conference Vote

05/12/2014 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Last month’s vote to exclude J Street from the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, the umbrella group representing the American Jewish community’s interests in Washington and abroad, has shone a bright light on the dangerous direction some of our community’s leaders seem determined to take us.

Alan Elsner

In Defense Of The Presidents Conference Vote

05/12/2014 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

After the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations voted not to accept the membership application of J Street, Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president of the Union for Reform Judaism, published a statement critical of the vote. He acknowledged that Conference procedures, which he could have questioned long before the J Street vote was held, were properly followed. Rabbi Jacobs seems to allege that a cabal of small right-wing members excluded a major Jewish organization because that organization espouses disagreeable views. Rabbi Jacobs seriously miscategorizes both the vote on J Street’s admission and the issues underlying the vote.

Richard Stone

Losing The Battle, Winning The War?

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

05/06/2014 - 20:00
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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

Conference Of Presidents Out Of Touch

05/05/2014 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

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

05/01/2014 - 20:00

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.

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