The Stealth Legitimacy of J Street

by Lori Lowenthal Marcus

Did you know that J Street – which is, please, let’s acknowledge it already, a political lobbying organization – is launching a new national election year initiative?  They have plans to train its supporters to lobby for the candidates they support, and ensure the defeat of candidates supported by “right-wing Republican” Jews in this year’s presidential election. Perhaps that doesn’t surprise you, but what if you learned that some of those political training sessions were taking place in your local synagogues (Chicago and San Francisco), or Jewish community centers (Nashville and Minneapolis), or even your local Federation building (Philadelphia)?

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