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Thank You J Street (You Too, Reform Movement)

for a people about which perhaps the iconic statement is that for every two Jews there must be three shuls, it appears J Street may have succeeded in unraveling the delicate tapestry of a united American Jewry.
Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations

Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations
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In the aftermath of being denied entry to the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, J Street has fulfilled the predictions and warnings of those who foresaw divisiveness and petulance within the ranks had  J Street been admitted.

Rather than taking the vote as a sign that the organization had not yet become sufficiently established for the mainstream organizations to feel confident it would play nicely in the sandbox with others, J Street began a letter-writing campaign ridiculing the long-serving and highly respected executive vice president Malcolm Hoenlein. That campaign also attacked the manner in which the vote had been taken – a vote in accordance with the bylaws of the organization.

J Street lashed out at those who dared to apply the same rules to it as the Conference has applied to every other new member.

The sophomoric message J Street posted on its website sought to rebuke the Conference of Presidents, and to claim that the fact it was rejected proves its conceit:  its positions are bold, brave and absent from the Conference and the fact it was rejected proves its voice is needed.

J Street suggests that without its voice as an essential and robust part of the conversation, the Palestinian Arabs will continue to be victims of the Israeli aggressors and deprived of their rights to at least half of the sliver of land to which Israel is currently in control, either due to a global licence or as the result of a defensive war.

The emptiness of those claims is revealed when one actually looks at the membership of the Conference of Presidents.

Of the 49 voting members, well more than half are easily classifiable as either center, center left or simply left, when it comes to support for Israel.  And J Street’s claim and dominant focus is Israel and Israeli security.

Americans for Peace Now, the Jewish Labor Committee, the four or five organizations which represent the Reform movement, the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, the four or five organizations which represent the Conservative movement, and Ameinu all represent the leftist end of the spectrum of American Judaism.

The core center is well-represented by at least a dozen other organizations such as the American Jewish Committee, Hadassah, B’Nai Brith International, the Jewish National Fund, American Jewish Congress, American Gathering/ Federation of Jewish Holocaust Survivors, American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, the Jewish Federations of North America, the American Zionist Movement, Amit, the Anti-Defamation League, B’Nai Zion, Israel Bonds, Hadassah,  NCSJ: Advocates on behalf of Jews in Russia, Ukraine, the Baltic States & Eurasia, ORT America, Alpha Epsilon Pi,  and the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem.

So J Street claims that its rejection from the club is because the Conference of Presidents rigged the system to exclude J Street, or that without its voice at the table American Jewry is deprived of a desperately needed view, or that J Street is entitled to an admission process different than the one  applied to every other application is yet more affirmation that the organization and not the Conference needs to change.

This is J Street’s message to its supporters:

THANK YOU, CONFERENCE OF PRESIDENTS!

Yesterday’s rejection of J Street’s bid to join the Conference validates the reason for J Street: those claiming to speak for the entire Jewish community don’t in fact represent the full diversity of pro-Israel views in our community.

The Conference of President claims to be the “the proven and effective voice of organized American Jewry.” Last night’s vote removed that pretense.

So join us in thanking Malcolm Hoenlein for for clarifying this situation and revealing to all what we’ve long known: a new voice is needed to represent the true majority of American Jews–and non-Jewish supporters of an Israel at peace.

About the Author: Lori Lowenthal Marcus is the US correspondent for The Jewish Press. She is a recovered lawyer who previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools.


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29 Responses to “Thank You J Street (You Too, Reform Movement)”

  1. J Street is garbage. It was created to push Israel into destroying the jewish communities in Judea and Samaria.

  2. Q: What’s the difference between JStreet and AIPAC ?

  3. A: Not all broken clocks are right twice a day.

  4. J Street’s cognitive dissonance is absolutely stunning.

  5. so glad they are a TROJAN HORSE! bunch of liars… pretend to be pro Israel… THEY ARE NOT!

  6. Jstreet does everything to thwart Israel. They push their own Agenda calling it ‘PRO PEACE” but all it is, is trying to force Israel to give up it’s security. The back Nuclear weapon enrichment for Iran, Pretend that saying we “recognize Israel’s right to exist is the SAME as We RECOGNIZE ISRAELS RIGHT TO EXIST AS A JEWISH STATE. And they try to lobby congress to oppose vetoing insane ANTI ISRAEL votes in the UN. AIPAC lobbies congress to support the US Israel relationship. AIPAC IS BIPARTISAN. THEY SUPPORT WHAT ISRAEL wants. They don’t try to make policy for Israel. J street wants congress to force Israel to make dangerous concessions which will compromise SECURITY. That is just a short synopsis.

  7. Janek El says:

    must be Obama logic at its best.

  8. I think it entirely appropriate that J Street and the Reform Movement have chose the Eve of Yom HaZikaron, when Israel remembers the soldiers who paid the ultimate price to secure the safety of a Jewish state, to announce that they are prepared to leave the entire rest of the Jewish community in America and go. They're leaving because their understanding of what constitutes the safety of the Jewish state is so far removed from everyone else's idea — including the idea of the vast majority of Israelis — of what constitutes the safety of the Jewish state. The fact that they chose the period right before Yom HaZikaron (assuming they actually KNOW it's the period right before Yom HaZikaron) only makes the date of their departure even more vivid a picture of exactly what it is that we Jews in the Galut are arguing about.

    I'm not sure where they're going, but if even they are headed out of the community in which the rest of the Jews — or should I just say in which THE Jews — try to work things out amongst themselves, it will be a very healthy thing for Judaism and Zionism.

  9. J street is a sad sack organization that wants to see the end of Israel.

  10. Robbie Goldstein says:

    They were rejected because, Baruch HaShem, enough people see through who they really are: A subsidized collection of Self-Loathing Jews, and other pro-arab misfits, who are intentionally planted as a Trojan Horse to affect the destruction of Israel and to bring harm to Jewish people.

  11. Thank you Charna but my question was rhetorical. AIPAC leadership is dominated by partisans who are more inclined to tow the party (DEM O administration) line than they are to their credo. The 5 C’s are disappointingly erratic: Competence, Courage, Conviction, Commitment and Character.

  12. Stuart Kaufman says:

    Now, toss the Reform movement out of the Conference. It is not a Jewish organization.

  13. No. We Jews do not need this entity,,we have a lot of entities who defend the same ideology of Jstreet: Muslim brotherhood, neo nazi entities and all leftists entities around the world, all of them including Jstreet are enhancing the global antisemitism.

  14. The same difference between Muslim brotherhood and Bnei Akiva.

  15. reform at least does other things. j-street, as elihu richter pointed out, can't be bothered to do anything genuinely progressive, because their main task is to give voice to the most toxic anti-israel voices (short, of course, of openly genocidal hamas). hence, they protect iran rather denounce her atrocious human rights violations. either they're (unconsciously) racist fools who hold israel to a transcendent standard while holding the pals to none, or they're genuinely malevolent. in either case, the only big tent they belong in is the pro-war, pro-irredentist palestinian camp.

  16. Gene Strong says:

    J Street would have more in common with Obama and all his Muslim buddies…Anyone belonging to or.supporting J Street should be banned from israel…Once a traitor always a . traitor.

  17. Robin Rosenblatt says:

    J Street is a Jewish Con, they intend to destroy Israel and their members are Jewish Traitors.

  18. Robin Rosenblatt says:

    The film J Street show graphically how they talk out of two sides of their mouth. Meaning they are violating their nonprofit contract with the IRS.

  19. A Jewish Amalek. A plague on all their houses.

  20. Donny Reich says:

    JStreet is neither Pro-Israel nor Pro-Peace.

  21. Nor is it really Jewish

  22. Kathleen Norman says:

    Any organization backed by George Soros is to be feared. He is a Jew hater and will do anything to destroy Israel. Keep them at bay!

  23. Bert Schlossberg says:

    Good article!

  24. Edwin Rowe says:

    J Street is the ultimate poster child for the very verbal and argumentative Left. They know they're right. They know they're brilliant. Now they want to force the rest of us to listen. Well, we've heard it and we don't want any part of it. J Street, you've been rejected. Now go away. And if Reform wants to leave, the door is always open. Maybe they'll accept you at the National Council of Churches. Politically, you worship in the same pew anyway.

  25. Freedom John says:

    I would like to know the names of the organizations that voted for J Street to be part of the Presidents Council. Do they belong?

  26. John Jaffe says:

    These "JStreet" types are pathetic self=hating Jews, desperate to show the world how "un-Jewish" they are by constantly bashing Israel. Of course the Counci of Presidents did the right thing by keeping these jerks out of their organization–kudos to them!
    And to JStreet i say–get a life!

  27. Robin Rosenblatt says:

    ADL support for JStreet makes ADL Jewish Traitors as JStreet is a con organization that intends to destroy Israel. JStreet are Jewish Traitors. For proof see the film JStreet.

  28. Jerry Blaz says:

    Who is the President's Conference exec? What was Mr. Hoenlein before there was a President's Conference. The "Conference" was conceived or manufactured while I was living in Israel in the late 1950s, and when I returned to the U.S., there it was, a kind of "createo ex nihilo" — and there was Mr. Hoenlein. I don't wish to make any ad hominem arguments about him, but I simply do not know him after all these years that he has been associated with a group whose purpose is still kind of vague to me, a pushter yid. I truly don't believe he represents me, and I don't really believe the President's Conference is any more than a budget item on the 52 or so organization presidents' budgets for trips to rather secretive or simply uninspiring meetings of the Conference. I'll never understand this lemming-like behavior that brought all its member organizations to join, and I don't understand why J-Street should waste money trying to join it.

  29. Dave Wells says:

    George Soros is actually a Jew himself.

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