While the conference has ended, here are the videos of the main speakers of the conference!
Full Streaming Schedule
7:00 pm – Opening Plenary Session
Giving Voice to our Values: J Street Honors Three Heroes
8:45 am – 10:00 am
Do Israelis care about peace?
10:10 am – 11:25 am
Expanding the tent for a two state solution in Israel
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Knesset Roundtable: Israeli Politics and Policy in 2011
9:00 am – 10:30 am
Keynote Address from Ambassador Dennis Ross
Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for the Central Region on “The American Role in the Middle East”
Like the other 170,000 J Street supporters across the country, I love Israel with all my heart and want to see it flourish. I act on this love through supporting a ‘just’ Israel: an Israel that truly pursues peace with its neighbors; an Israel that grants its minorities full and equal rights, in practice as well as in name; an Israel that allows for the creation of a viable and independent Palestinian state alongside it – the only way to secure Israel’s own Jewish, democratic future.
Part of being pro-Israel means speaking up on policies that run counter to the Jewish values upon which Israel was founded (justice, peace, and equality) and do not advance the prospects for two states. I believe that it is our right and our responsibility to speak up against policies that are detrimental to Israel’s future and that further alienate young American Jews who refuse to choose between their Jewish values and their relationship with Israel. Birthright is making a profound mistake by denying students a place where they can bring together their commitment to Israel and their commitment to their values of social justice, equality, and democracy.
For too long, the loudest voices that spoke on behalf of our community did not speak for me. I invite you to join me in reclaiming what it means to be pro-Israel, and stand for an Israel and a Jewish community that lives up to the best of our traditions.
President, J Street U at UCLA
Many of you might be wondering what the big to-do is with J Street and Birthright.
Here are a number of articles (and a video) on why this disagreement is so controversial, and so important, for the Jewish community.Read More
Monday, January 17, 2011 from +972 by Dimi Reider.
Key updates: Barak leaves party and remains defence minister, forming a separate faction together with 4 mid-level Labor MKs * New faction to be known as Atzmaut, or Independence * Move reportedly orchestrated with Netanyahu * ALL LABOR MINISTERS HAVE RESIGNED OR LEFT THE PARTY* LABOR AT HISTORIC LOW WITH 8 SEATS OUT OF 120Read More
Here are two interesting opinion pieces from newvoices.org on the topic of excluding Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) from Hillel. Enjoy.Read More
In 2003, several prominent Jewish philanthropists hired Republican pollster Frank Luntz to explain why American Jewish college students were not more vigorously rebutting campus criticism of Israel. In response, he unwittingly produced the most damning indictment of the organized American Jewish community that I have ever seen.Read More