Template:TOCnestleft JStreet is an organization that, according to its website, "was founded to change the dynamics of American politics and policy on Israel and the Middle East." Observers believe that the group, while nominally supporting Israel, is a pro-Palestinian wolf-in-sheep's-clothing.
Merge with JStreet
As of January 1, 2010, the Jewish Alliance for Justice & Peace was incorporated into the J Street Education Fund to "strengthen the pro-Israel pro-peace movement and to advocate for strong American leadership to achieve a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as well as a broader regional peace." At this point the two organizations integrated all of their staff, chapters and programs into J Street.
On 26–29 October 2009, Erwin Marquit traveled to Washington DC to attend the first national conference of JStreet, the nonprofit advocacy organization founded in 2008 to promote a resolution of the Israel- Palestine conflict through a two-state solution based on the 1967 borders.
- I attended the conference on 26-28 October and participated in lobbying members of the Congress on 29 October.
JStreet Education Fund
The J Street Education Fund, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) that aims to educate targeted communities "about the need for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, raise the visibility of a mainstream pro-Israel, pro-peace presence within the American Jewish community, and promote open, dynamic and spirited conversation about how to best advance the interests and future of a democratic, Jewish Israel." J Street Local, J Street’s national field program and J Street U, J Street’s on campus movement are programs of the J Street Education Fund.
Mideast Congressional Mission
In February 2010, the first J Street-sponsored congressional mission toured Israel, Jordan and Palestinian-controlled areas. Five members of Congress participated in the tour; Lois Capps, Bill Delahunt, Bob Filner, Mary Jo Kilroy, and Donald Payne.
It was stated that the mission "will meet with Israeli government and opposition leaders as well as key regional leaders, including Jordanian King Abdullah II and Palestinian National Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad. The delegation will travel widely in Israel, the Palestinian Territories, and Jordan taking a close look at the situation on the ground through the eyes of policy makers and civil society leaders."
“Redefine what it means to be pro-Israel”
The national J Street group, aims to “redefine what it means to be pro-Israel” and marshal American support for a two-state solution, said J Street Director of Media and Communications Jessica Rosenblum. The organization says the details of the negotiation should be worked out between Israel and Palestine, but Rosenblum said the organization believes a two-state agreement would likely create a border between the two states mostly based on land divisions before the 1967 Six-Day War.
At the conference, titled “Our Time to Lead,” students attended panels and lectures with experts, non-governmental organization advocates and Israeli, Palestinian and American officials, including Israel’s Minister of Justice Tzipi Livni and Vice President Joe Biden. The event attracted 3,000 participants, mostly Jewish-Americans, with about 900 students from across the country.
Rosenblum said J Street chose to invite politicians from six of Israel’s different parties to show the widespread support for a two-state solution across party lines, not to make a political statement....
The Two Campaign, a new national effort spearheaded by J Street. The goal of the campaign is to demonstrate the American Jewish community’s widespread support of a two-state solution using advertising, petitioning, town hall meetings and campus activism, Rosenblum said.
JStreetPAC is the first and only federal political action committee established to explicitly promote meaningful American leadership to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict peacefully and diplomatically.
The PAC's goal is to demonstrate that there is meaningful support available to candidates for federal office from large numbers of Americans who believe a new direction in American policy will advance US interests in the Middle East and promote real peace and security for Israel and the region.
To be eligible for JStreetPAC endorsement, a candidate must demonstrate that they subscribe to the following core pro-Israel, pro-peace principles:
- Support for a two-state solution resulting in two states for two peoples, with Israel as a Jewish democratic homeland living side by side in peace and security with an independent Palestine
- Support for active U.S. leadership to bring about a negotiated two-state solution and end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
- Support for the special relationship between the United States and Israel, including robust American military aid to Israel
- Support for continued aid to the Palestinian Authority or any other Palestinian governing entity that renounces violence, recognizes Israel’s right to exist, and honors past agreements between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.
- Opposition to the Boycott/Divestment/Sanction (BDS) movement
In 2008, JStreetPAC’s inaugural cycle, the PAC endorsed 41 candidates – 3 for the Senate and 38 for the House. Of the 41 endorsees, 33 candidates won, including four in highly competitive races for open seats and four challengers who unseated incumbents. The PAC distributed over $578,000 to our endorsees, more than any other pro-Israel PAC in the two-year cycle, despite only launching publicly in April 2008. Our endorsements made a real difference in a number of tight contests, often helping to edge out entrenched incumbents in favor of fresh voices, more open to change.
The PAC endorsed candidates from all corners of the country, Republicans and Democrats, Arab-Americans and Jews, incumbents and first-time challengers. By November 2008, JStreetPAC had sent a strong message that a new pro-Israel, pro-peace voice was ready to shake up Washington.
In 2010, JStreetPAC grew into a major political force. The PAC endorsed 61 candidates – 3 for the Senate and 58 for the House. Of the 61 endorsees, 45 won their races - despite the tough political climate. The PAC distributed over $1.5 million dollars to our candidates, more than any other pro-Israel PAC in history. JStreetPAC was responsible for 30 percent of pro-Israel PAC money donated to federal candidates in 2010 and raised an average of $24,520 per candidate.
In addition to the JStreetPAC’s impressive 2010 successes, J Street commissioned extensive Election Day polling of Jewish voters. To learn what motivated Jewish voters in 2010.
The 2012 cycle was an historical one for JStreetPAC. The PAC endorsed 71 candidates, 70 of whom won their races. An astounding 20 of 21 endorsees in races classified as competitive by Cook Political Report emerged victorious on Election Day. Endorsees ranged from Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Chair of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, to former DNC Chairman Sen. Tim Kaine. The PAC distributed over $1.8 million to endorsed candidates’ campaigns, making JStreetPAC the largest pro-Israel PAC in the country for three straight cycles. JStreetPAC was responsible for 35 percent of pro-Israel PAC money contributed to candidates in 2012 and raised an average of $26,000 per candidate.
In 2012 J Street also went on offense against some of the most vocal Congressional opponents of a two-state solution, a group we called the "One State Caucus." We aired television and web ads and sent mail to educate voters in targeted Congressional districts about their local candidates' views on our issue.
Seven Senate and 63 House endorsees from 26 states will serve in the next Congress. Among them are the Chairs or Ranking Members of five committees, including the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and the House Armed Services Committee, and the Chairs and Ranking Members of 32 subcommittees, as well as the chairs of both the Congressional Black Caucus and the Congressional Progressive Caucus.
On the House side, 63 of 64 endorsed candidates won. Ami Bera’s race in California’s seventh district may still face a recount. Among the victors were six candidates who ran against members of what J Street calls the “One-State Caucus,” comprised of Members of Congress who promote policies that put Israel’s Jewish democratic future at risk.
JStreetPAC’s innovative use of online fundraising mobilized thousands of small donors in parallel to a network of high-level political donors. The PAC also held dozens of fundraising events attended by the candidates across the country. In total, nearly 3500 of people have contributed to pro-Israel, pro-peace candidates through the PAC this cycle, with an average donation size of $174. 
JStreetPAC distributed over $2.4 million to its 95 endorsed candidates — the most in history by a pro-Israel PAC.
JStreetPAC endorsees outperformed their colleagues in a tough political environment. With votes still being tallied, endorsees are leading or have won in 77of 95 races, and 90% of JStreetPAC endorsed incumbents are leading or have won.
The 114th Congress will be the most pro-Israel, pro-peace in history and will include 12 Senators and 72 Congressmen endorsed by JStreetPAC.
50% more JStreetPAC endorsed Senators will serve in the 114th Congress than in the previous Congress and nearly 40% of the House Democratic Caucus will be JStreetPAC endorsed.
JStreetPAC was a top bundler in the key Senate battlegrounds of Iowa, Colorado, Georgia and New Hampshire, raising an average of over $190,000 each for Jeanne Shaheen, Michelle Nunn, Bruce Braley and Mark Udall.
JStreetPAC was responsible for nearly 40% of funds distributed to candidates, and over half of funds distributed to Democratic candidates, by the 30 pro-Israel PACs in 2014.
Circa 2013 over 160 former public officials, policy experts, community and academic leaders serve on the J Street Advisory Council.
- Marc Abrams, The Titan Capital Group
- Tom Allen, Former Member of Congress
- Stuart Appelbaum, President, Jewish Labor Committee; President, Retail, Wholesale & Department Store Union
- Bernard Avishai, Author, The Hebrew Republic
- David Avital, MTP Investments
- Rabbi Andy Bachman, Congregation Beth Elohim, Brooklyn, New York
- David Baltimore, Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine and President Emeritus, Caltech
- Judith Barnett, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for the Middle East and Africa
- Patricia Bauman
- Rabbi Leonard Beerman, Founding Rabbi, Leo Baeck Temple
- Dolores Beilenson, Former Co-Chair, Congressional Spouses for Soviet Jewry
- Rep. Anthony Beilenson, Former Member of Congress, California
- Marjorie Benton, Co-Founder of the Chicago Global Donors Network and Co-Founder of the Chicago Foundation for Women
- Rabbi Don Berlin, Rabbi Emeritus, Congregation Oheb Shalom, Baltimore
- David Birenbaum, Former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. for U.N. Management Reform
- Rabbi Barry Block, Senior Rabbi, Temple Beth-El in San Antonio and Board Member, Central Conference of American Rabbis
- Kenneth Bob, President, Ameinu
- Ernest Bogen, Board Member, Harry S. Truman Institute for the Advancement of Peace, Hebrew University
- Rabbi Marcelo Bronstein, Congregation Bnai Jeshurun, New York City
- Rabbi Sharon Brous, IKAR-LA
- Martin Bunzl
- Daniel Cedarbaum, Immediate Past President, Jewish Reconstructionist Federation
- Lincoln Chafee, Former United States Senator
- Michael Chabon, Pulitzer Prize-winning author
- David Cohen, Co-Founder, Advocacy Institute, President, Global Integrity and former President, Common Cause
- Steven Cohen, Professor of Jewish Social Policy, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
- Rabbi Hillel Cohn, Rabbi Emeritus, Congregation Emanu El, San Bernardino, CA
- Rabbi Neil Comess-Daniels, Beth Shir Sholom
- Rabbi Rachel Cowan, Executive Director, Institute for Jewish Spirituality
- Lynn Cutler, Former Deputy Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs
- Debra DeLee, President/CEO, Americans for Peace Now
- Rabbi Elliot Dorff, Rector, American Jewish University
- Rep. Tom Downey, Former Member of Congress, New York
- Sheldon Drobny, Co-Founder, Nova M Radio, Air America Radio
- Albert Dwoskin, President/CEO, A.J. Dwoskin & Associates Inc
- Maria Echaveste, Former Deputy White House Chief of Staff
- Peter Eckstein, Jewish Educator, formerly of Temple Israel of West Palm Beach
- Peter Edelman, Board Chair, New Israel Fund
- Paul Egerman, Software Engineer
- Sara Ehrman, Former Political Education Director, AIPAC
- Rabbi Amy Eilberg, St. Paul Interfaith Network
- Sidra DeKoven Ezrahi, Professor of Comparative Literature, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
- Leonard Fein, Writer
- Chai Feldblum, Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center
- Rabbi Tirzah Firestone, Board Member, Rabbis for Human Rights
- Dan Fleshler, Writer and Blogger
- Marcia Freedman, Founding President, Brit Tzedek v’Shalom
- Rabbi Allen Freehling, Former Executive Director, City of Los Angeles Human Relations Commission
- David Friedman, Former Co-Chair, Jewish Funders Network
- Dodi Fromson, Board of Directors of the American Associates of Ben Gurion Univeristy and member of the Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Los Angeles
- Gail Furman, Board Member, Democracy Alliance
- Larry Garber, Chief Executive Officer, New Israel Fund
- Lila Garrett, Emmy-Award Winning Writer and Director and Host, public radio's Connect the Dots
- Jim Gerstein, Former Executive Director, Center for Middle East Peace and Economic Cooperation
- Davidi Gilo
- Rabbi Edwin Goldberg, Temple Judea, Coral Gables, Florida
- Michelle Goldberg, Author, Kingdom Coming
- Dr. Richard Goodwin, Chair, Middle East Peace Dialogue Network
- Dr. David Gordis, President Emeritus, Hebrew College
- Rabbi Samuel Gordon, Rabbi, Congregation Sukkat Shalom
- Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater, Rabbi, Pasadena Temple and Jewish Center
- Rabbi Arthur Green, Rector, Hebrew College Rabbinical School
- Mark Green, Former New York City Public Advocate
- Robert Greenwald, Brave New Films
- David Gross, Nobel Laureate, Physics; Director, Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara
- Richard Gunther and Lois Gunther
- Morton Halperin, Former Director of Policy Planning, Department of State
- Ambassador William Harrop, Former Ambassador to Israel and former Inspector General of the State Department and Foreign Service
- Arnold Hiatt, Former Chairman, The Stride Rite Corporation
- Elaine Hoffman, Former Finance Director, Democratic National Committee
- Stanley Hoffmann, Professor of Government and Social Studies, Harvard University
- Michael Huttner, Executive Director of ProgressNowAction in Colorado
- Dr. Jill Iscol, President of the IF Hummingbird Foundation
- Richard Jacobs, Chair, Courage Campaign
- Rabbi Steven Jacobs, Founder, Progressive Faith Foundation
- Jonathan Jacoby
- Professor Robert Jervis,Professor of International Politics, Columbia University
- Marc Kahn, President, The Bancroft Foundation Inc
- Linda Heller Kamm, Former General Counsel, House Budget Committee
- Robert Kapp, Founder and Co-President, International Senior Lawyers Project
- Ambassador Ted Kattouf, Former U.S. Ambassador to Syria and the United Arab Emirates
- Stanley Katz, Director, Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies, Princeton University
- Jim Klutznick
- Rabbi Peter Knobel, Former President, Central Conference of American Rabbis
- Herbert Kohlmeyer Jr, Former Louisiana AIPAC Chair
- Doris Kosmin, Cantorial Soloist, West End Synagogue of Nashville, TN
- Markos Kounalakis, President and Publisher, The Washington Monthly
- Victor Kovner, Former Corporation Counsel of the City of New York
- Rabbi Douglas Krantz, Congregation B’nai Yisrael
- Rabbi Charles Kroloff, Past President, Central Conference of American Rabbis
- Luis Lainer
- J Shawn Landres, CEO & Director of Research, Jumpstart
- Leon Lederman, Nobel Laureate, Physics; Director Emeritus, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
- Lawrence Lerner, President, MeretzUSA
- Daniel Levy, Former Advisor, Israeli Prime Minister’s office
- Lawrence Lewin, Former President and CEO, The Lewin Group
- Geoffrey Lewis, Kernstein, Coren & Lichtenstein LLP
- Hon. Samuel Lewis Former U.S. Ambassador to Israel
- Rabbi Andrea London, Beth Emet the Free Synagogue, Evanston, IL
- Robert Malley, Former Special Assistant to the President for Arab-Israeli Affairs
- Yaffa Maritz
- Eric Maskin, Nobel Laureate, Economics; Professor, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton
- Steve Masters, President, Brit Tzedek v’Shalom
- Rabbi Rolando Matalon, Congregation Bnai Jeshurun, New York City
- Avi Meyerstein, Founder, Alliance for Middle East Peace
- Professor David Myers, Professor and Director, UCLA Center for Jewish Studies
- Arthur Obermayer, President, Moleculon Research Corporation
- Ambassador Herbert Okun, Former Ambassador to the German Democratic Republic and to the United Nations, Professorial Lecturer, Schoolof Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University
- Michael Ostrolenk, Co-founder, The Transpartisan Center
- Eli Pariser, Board President, MoveOn.org Political Action
- Robert Pastor, Former Senior Director, National Security Council
- Ricken Patel, Co-founder and Executive Director, Avaaz
- Ambassador Robert Pelletreau, Former Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs and former U.S. Ambassador to Egypt, Tunisia and Bahrain.
- Kathleen Peratis, Partner, Outten & Golden, LLP
- Michael Pertschuk, Former Chairman, Federal Trade Commission; co-founder, The Advocacy Institute
- Professor H. David Politzer, Nobel Laureate, Physics; Professor of Theoretical Physics, California Institute of Technology
- Avi Poster, Chair of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Nashville, Tennessee
- Kevin Quigley, President, National Peace Corps Association
- Rabbi Arnold Rachlis
- Jeri Rice
- Fran Rodgers
- Dr. Irwin Rose, Nobel Prize Winner, Chemistry
- Norman Rosenberg, Former Chief Executive Officer, New Israel Fund
- Hannah Rosenthal, Former Executive Director, The Jewish Council on Public Affairs
- Mrs.Ruth M. Rothstein
- Barnett Rubin, Director of Studies, Center on International Cooperation, New York University
- Alan Sagner, Organizer/First Chairman, Young Leadership Cabinet of National UJA
- Deborah Sagner, Board Member, Democracy Alliance
- Herb Sandler
- Marion Sandler
- Mark Schneider, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights
- Irwin Schneiderman, Senior Counsel, Cahill Gordon & Reindel
- Stanley Sheinbaum, Publisher, New Perspective Quarterly
- Rabbi Arnold Sher, Immediate Past Director of Placement of the Joint Placement Commission representing the Central Conference of American Rabbis, Union for Reform Judaism and the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
- Michael Shtender-Auerbach, Founder, Social Risks LLC
- Rabbi Dennis Shulman, Former Congressional Candidate, New Jersey
- Henry Siegman, President, U.S./Middle East Project
- Bill Singer, Brandeis Fellow and Commissioner on the Presidential Advisory Commission on Holocaust Assets in the United States
- Maxine Singer, Biochemist, President Emerita, Carnegie Institution of Washington
- Scott Sklar, President, The Stella Group Ltd
- Alan Snitow, Snitow-Kaufman Productions
- Daniel Solomon
- Robert Solow, Nobel Laureate, Economics; Professor Emeritus of Economics, MIT
- Robert Spiegel, Private Investor
- Herzl Spiro, Former Chair, Jewish Agency for Israel Committee on Immigration and Absorption
- Rabbi Toba Spitzer, President, Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association
- Ronna Stamm, Board Chair, Jewish Fund for Justice
- Alexandra Stanton, Former Chief of Staff, Empire State Development Corporation
- Mary Ann Stein
- Rabbi Jack Stern, Past President, Central Conference of American Rabbis
- Paula Stern, Former Chairwoman, United States International Trade Commission
- Rabbi Alvin Sugarman, Rabbi Emeritus, The Temple-Hebrew Benevolent Congregation
- Joshua Tenenbaum, Associate Professor, Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Marty Tenenbaum, Chairman and Founder, CommerceNet
- Rabbi David Teutsch, Director, Center for Jewish Ethics, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College
- Sidney Topol, Former Chairman/CEO, Scientific Atlanta Inc
- Joshua Tzuker, Former Legislative Director, Office of Congressman John Dingell, Ambassador (ret.)
- Nicholas Veliotes, Former Assistant Secretary of State for Near East and South Asia, former U.S. Ambassador to Egypt and Jordan and former Deputy Chief of Mission to Israel
- Milton Viorst, Writer
- Rabbi Burton Visotzky,Professor, Jewish Theological Seminary
- Al Vorspan, Director Emeritus, Commission on Social Action, Union of American Hebrew Congregations
- Ayelet Waldman, Author, Love and Other Impossible Pursuits
- Robert Wald, Founder and former Co-Chair, Washington Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs
- Michael Walzer, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton University
- Bernice Weissbourd, President, Family Focus
- Robert M. Weissbourd, President, RW Ventures
- Ambassador (ret.) Philip Wilcox Jr, President, Foundation for Middle East Peace
- Edward Witten, Professor, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton
- Alan Wurtzel
- Mark Zivin, Partner, Morrison & Morrison, CPAs, Chicago
As at April 27, 2010, the following served on the staff for the organization:
- Jeremy Ben-Ami, Executive Director.
- Hadar Susskind, Director of Policy and Strategy
- Daniel Kohl, Political Director
- Rachel A. Lerner, Associate Executive Director
- Isaac Luria, Director of Communications and New Media
- Nan MacNamara, Director of Finance and Administration
- Hadar Susskind, Director of Policy and Strategy
- Dylan Williams, Deputy Director of Government Affairs
- Rebecca Wasserman, Assistant Director of Government Affairs
- Kevin Rachlin, Legislative Liaison
- Rachel Streitfeld, Legislative Liaison
Communications and New Media
- Amy Spitalnick, Press and New Media Associate
- Zachary Teicher, Communications and Web Associate
- Jeff Kulp, Web Assistant
J Street Education Fund
- Aliza Becker, Director of Special Projects
- Sarah Beller, Director of Programming and Education
- Tammy Shapiro, Director of J Street U
- Andrew Meyerson, Development & Communications Associate
- Kate Press, East Coast Organizer, J Street U
- Julia Terlinchamp, Programming Associate
- Elizabet Wendt, West Coast Organizer, J Street U
J Street Local
- Shira Barchilon Frank, Deputy Director of Development and Leadership Outreach
- Daniel Kalik, PAC Manager
- Daniel Rosove, Research and Program Assistant
- Jesse Greenberg, Midwest Regional Political Director
- Janette Hillis-Jaffe, New England Regional Political Director
- Barbara Lahav, Pacific Northwest Regional Political Director
- Adee Telem, New York Regional Political Director
- [Erwin Marquit memoirs, page 560-561]
- JTA website: J Street sends first Mideast congressional mission, Feb. 15, 2010
- [http://www.browndailyherald.com/2013/10/07/students-redefine-pro-israel-stance-j-street-conference-d-c/, The Brown Daily Herald, Students redefine ‘pro-Israel’ stance at J Street Conference in D.C.By Abigail Savitch-Lew Staff Writer Monday, October 7, 2013]
- JStreetPAC prociples
- JStreetPAC Election 2008 Report
- JStreetPAC Election 2010 Report
- JStreetPAC Election 2012 Report
- Street Blog, JStreetPAC Scores Big in 2012 Election NOVEMBER 7TH, 2012
- JStreetPAC 2014 Election Cycle at a Glance
- JStreet website: Staff