Presidents Conference rejects J Street’s membership bid

JTA
April 30, 2014

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WASHINGTON (JTA) — J Street failed to gain admission to the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.

The vote of conference members Wednesday was 17 in favor, 22 against and three abstentions, according to four sources.

“This is a sad day for us, but also for the American Jewish community and for a venerable institution that has chosen to bar the door to the communal tent to an organization that represents a substantial segment of Jewish opinion on Israel,” J Street said in a statement.

J Street needed a two-thirds majority of the entire membership, or 34 out of 51 member groups.

A number of leading Jewish groups had come out in favor of the dovish Middle East policy group’s entry into the Jewish community’s foreign policy umbrella, including the Anti-Defamation League, arms of the Reform and Conservative movements and the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, the community’s domestic policy umbrella.

These groups had argued that the Presidents Conference needed to include what they say is the community’s diverse opinions on Israel.

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