Shame on WJW for its May 8 editorial (“Referendum on the Presidents’ Conference”) and the president of the Union for Reform Judaism, Rabbi Rick Jacobs “Conference’s rejection of J Street a shanda,” WJW, May 8), for questioning the integrity of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations and its democratic voting process.
The Conference of Presidents has sent a clear message by refusing to accept J Street as a member. The message: J Street is unworthy of being considered part of the pro-Israel Jewish community. Instead of accepting that message, WJW and Jacobs prefer to attack the messenger, the highly respected Presidents’ Conference.
WJW’s position is all the more reprehensible because it sows confusion and dissension in the American Jewish community at a time when unity is most needed to support Israel against its many detractors.
It goes without saying that J Street is an anti-Israel, anti-Zionist organization,
its protestations to the contrary notwithstanding. Every one of its major policy
positions and activities has been designed to defame Israel’s democratically elected government and denounce Israel’s ethically, morally, and legally sound policies.
Jacobs makes the risible claim that J Street’s constituency would be an asset because it “is young, energetic, fast-growing and activism-oriented.” In reality, J Street’s campus arm, J Street U, corrupts gullible, uninformed college students with lies, half-truths, and anti-Zionist propaganda. As a wolf in sheep’s clothing, J Street would do even more harm to the unity of the Jewish community if it ever were given the chance to enter the Conference of Presidents’ big tent.
President, Louis D. Brandeis Chapter Zionist Organization of America