We have specially curated student-only sessions and programming with guests such as The El-Salomons, J Street U students, members of congress, and more! Please see below for the student-only and student-run sessions for the 2022 J Street National Conference!
From Campus to Congress: The Impact of J Street U Student Advocacy
Sunday, December 4 | 1:15pm – 2:30pm
J Street U leaders on campuses across the country are working to build a large grassroots base of support for pro-Israel, pro-peace policies. Over the past year, student advocacy has strengthened J Street’s work in Congress and provided opportunities for student leaders to engage and educate their peers. Students have met with Members of Congress, written op-eds, collected signatures on letters, and more. What does J Street U’s advocacy work look like in action? How is it received in Congress and on campus? How can students and the rest of J Street’s leadership continue working together to make change on our issues?
Student-Only Session — Organizing with Joy
Sunday, December 4 | 6:00pm – 7:30pm
The power of our national movement of students standing up for peace and an end to the occupation is critical. But let’s be honest: campus organizing, especially on this issue, is hard. We need to be able to work hard to create the world as it should be while also taking time to experience joy together. In this student-only session, we focus on the most gratifying elements of being part of the J Street U movement. Join fellow students, members of Congress (including Rep. Mondaire Jones), activist leaders, and the married Jewish-Palestinian lesbian comedy couple, the El-Salomons, to celebrate J Street U’s work.
Student-Only Session — Making Change in Congress
Monday, December 5 | 3:30pm – 4:45pm
Elected officials in the US need to speak out against the occupation and affirm the rights of both Israelis and Palestinians if the US is to be a leader in promoting peace. J Street U chapters across the country have built relationships with elected officials, encouraging them to take a stand for anti-occupation policies. In this student-only session, J Street U National Board President Cora Galpern will discuss the power of J Street U to push for change in Congress with Representative Pramila Jayapal, Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.
Full programming can be found here.
Travel & Stipend Information
Students are provided the opportunity to request a stipend during the Conference registration process. Students who request a travel stipend will receive an initial travel logistics email from Joseph McGuire within 2-3 business days from registering. If a student did not receive this initial email, they did not request a stipend. If a student needs to add a stipend request to their registration, they should email Joseph McGuire at [email protected]. If a student does not receive confirmation from a J Street staff member, they are not eligible for a stipend.
Once a student receives their stipend they must book their flight within 72 hrs in order to make sure the stipend covers the majority of their travel costs. If there is a reason why you cannot book your travel you must notify [email protected]. If he is not contacted, J Street does not guarantee that a stipend will be increased.
Discounted Housing Information for Students
J Street U will be providing housing for all students who request housing accommodations. Students do not need to book their own hotels. Students should have added housing to their registrations when they signed up online. If they did not they should reach out to [email protected] so they can be added to the housing that will fit their needs. Students will receive their housing stipends the week leading up to the conference.
Note: those booking travel through J Street will be randomly assigned roommates.
We offer shabbat accommodations for observant students or students seeking shabbat experience. When you register, you can select Friday night housing and participation in the Shabbaton. At this time general Shabbaton registration has closed. If you did not sign up for Shabbaton accommodations and are in need because you cannot travel during Shabbat please reach out to [email protected] who will provide assistance.
Attire for Saturday, Sunday and Monday afternoon is business casual. Cocktail or business attire is appropriate for the gala on Monday evening. Business attire is appropriate for lobbying appointments on Tuesday.
Student Study Room
During the conference, there will be a J Street U room available for students to utilize in order to study for exams. More details to come.