Observing what’s right and doing what’s just

January 18th, 2012

Below is an excerpt from a speech recently given by Stuart Appelbaum, President of the Jewish Labor Committee and the Retail Wholesale Department Store Union at the JLC Human Rights Awards Dinner on Thursday, January 13th in New York City. "Observing what’s right and doing what’s just." Read More...

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J Street and J Street U Statement on the Upcoming Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Conference at UPenn

January 12th, 2012

The announcement that a conference of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement (BDS) will be held in February on the campus of UPENN has been met with a great deal of concern by organizations and members of the Jewish community. We share the strong opposition expressed by many of our colleagues in the organized Jewish community to the BDS movement and are similarly concerned about the implications of the upcoming conference at UPENN. Read More...

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J Street Hires Rabbinic Director

January 11th, 2012

WASHINGTON — J Street announced today that Rabbi Lawrence Troster will join the pro-Israel, pro-peace lobby as Rabbinic Director, effective immediately. In this newly created position, Rabbi Troster will spearhead efforts to build and cultivate rabbinic leadership within the pro-Israel, pro-peace movement. He will work closely with J Street’s 650-member Rabbinic Cabinet and its field organizers to strengthen J Street’s presence in synagogues and other Jewish community institutions across the country. Read More...

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J Street Responds to Santorum’s Comments on West Bank

January 6th, 2012

WASHINGTON—In response to Senator Rick Santorum’s comments regarding the status of the West Bank, J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami issued the following statement. “The majority of American Jews and Israelis support a two-state solution because it is the only way to ensure that Israel will not have to choose between remaining a democracy or Jewish homeland. Whether by force of ignorance or recklessness, Rick Santorum seems willing to forsake both principles to burnish his ‘pro-Israel’ credentials. Read More...

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J Street Goes to New Hampshire

January 6th, 2012

By Melanie Harris, J Street Northeast Regional Director January 5th was a cold, gray day in Manchester, New Hampshire. I drove the hour from Boston to meet up with four J Street supporters from New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Together, we were on a mission: To deliver nearly 10,000 petitions to the headquarters of three Republican presidential contenders -- Gingrich, Romney, and Santorum--- in order to make it clear that pro-Israel Americans won't stand for their attempts to turn support for Israel into a political football. Read More...

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J Street Responds to Israeli, Palestinian Meeting in Amman

January 3rd, 2012

WASHINGTON— J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami issued the following statement in response to the meetings between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators held in Amman today. “J Street welcomes the news that Israeli and Palestinian negotiators held meetings today in Amman, hosted by the Jordanian government and joined by representatives of the Quartet. Read More...

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J Street Welcomes Ambassador's Call to Congress to Remove Holds on Palestinian Aid

December 23rd, 2011

WASHINGTON—J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami released the following statement in response to Ambassador of Israel to the United States Michael Oren’s recent statement supporting the removal of the Congressional hold on Palestinian aid. Read More...

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Jeremy Ben-Ami on 'what pro-Israel should mean' in the Washington Post

December 18th, 2011

Jeremy Ben-Ami is president of J Street, a Washington-based nonprofit that advocates a diplomatic resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the author of “A New Voice for Israel.” Read the op-ed here. Read More...

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