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May 22, 2014 6:27 pm

Conservative Jews Call Out Synagogue Umbrella Over Vote in Favor of J Street

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The ad signed by more than 70 Conservative Jews who called out the denomination's synagogue umbrella organization for its vote in favor of J Street's application to join the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. Photo: Jews Against Divisive Leadership.

JNS.orgMore than 70 Conservative Jews in an advertisement published Thursday called out the movement’s synagogue umbrella organization for its recent vote in favor of J Street’s application to join the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.

The ad—which appeared in the New York Jewish WeekThe Jewish Press (New York), The Jewish Advocate of Boston, the Washington Jewish Week, and the Baltimore Jewish Times—said J Street has accused Israel of war crimes when it defends itself from missile attacks from Gaza, gives a platform to advocates of the movement to boycott Israel, and has called on the U.S. not to veto U.N. resolutions that are critical of Israel.

The signatories said they were “greatly saddened and disillusioned” that the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism (USCJ) voted for J Street, whose Conference of Presidents bid failed with 22 votes against it, 17 in favor, and three abstentions. J Street needed 34 affirmative votes among the 50-member Conference to gain admission.

“When the USCJ voted for J Street to be admitted to the Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations it acted contrary to the support for Israel we find so important in the Conservative movement,” the ad said. “We don’t feel that your vote represents the views of the vast majority of Conservative Jews.”

The ad’s sponsor, Jews Against Divisive Leadership, paid for a similar ad signed by more than 40 Reform Jews that was published last week.

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  • Just as “Jews for Jesus” falsely claims to be
    Jewish when they really want to destroy Judaism,
    so too J Street falsely claims to be pro-Israel
    when they really want to destroy Israel.

  • LouA

    Glad someone is stepping up to stop the insanity. Being open minded does not mean one should support your own destruction.

  • judorebbe

    When I was just a little judorebbe, growing up in the 1960s, the “leaders” of the Conservative Movement took leave of their common sense, and decided that they were “citizens of the world” before they were proud, steadfast Jews.

    They have now slithered to a new low.

  • Abbushuki

    Thanks for partly redeeming the Conservative movement. Israel was about to write them and Reform off, not for religious views, but for Anti-Zionism.

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