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Speaking To American Jewish Leaders, Netanyahu Holds Firm On Congress Speech

02/17/2015
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Jerusalem — Speaking to a group of American Jewish leaders, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reiterated his intention to address Congress next month, despite calls for him to cancel the speech.

Alan Gross Says Goodbyes To Family During Prison Visit

08/05/2014
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Washington — The family of Alan Gross said the State Department contractor jailed in Cuba has made his goodbyes.

Dangerous Direction Seen In Presidents Conference Vote

05/13/2014
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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

05/13/2014
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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?'

05/07/2014
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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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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
Jewish Week Online Columnist
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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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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

Jewish Groups Face Aggressive Cyber Threat, Warns SCN

02/27/2014
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U.S. Jewish groups face “a more concerted and aggressive effort” from Internet hackers, the national community’s security arm said in an alert.

“It is imperative that all IT departments understand how to mitigate the threat and are up-to-date on the necessary technologies and processes to use in order to be proactive and prevent these incidents,” said an alert Tuesday from the Secure Community Network, an affiliate of the Jewish Federations of North America and of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.

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