J Street Plans Israel Trip

By JTA

Published February 16, 2011, issue of February 25, 2011.
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J Street announced it was organizing its own Israel trip for Jewish college students after Birthright Israel declined to partner with the lobbying group.

In a letter to J Street supporters, the organization announced that its campus arm, J Street U, would organize a trip to Israel and the West Bank for 10 to 15 student leaders this summer.

According to the fundraising letter, a donor agreed to match every dollar up to $15,000 to make the trip happen. J Street U Director Daniel May signed the letter.

J Street said more than 100 students had expressed interest in the proposed Birthright trip.

“This isn’t just about J Street U’s politics and what happened to a single trip — it’s about ensuring that our community makes space for the part of our generation that won’t separate our passion for Israel from our commitments to justice, equality, inclusion and democracy,” read the letter, which was e-mailed on February 16.

“We know that many students are hesitant to participate in traditional Birthright trips,” the letter continued. “We know that many avoid a relationship with Israel out of a discomfort with traditional models of Israel education and engagement.”

The J Street U trip will have “a particular focus on Israeli and Palestinian individuals and groups working for social justice, democracy and peace,” said May, who also vowed to continue pursuing a trip under Birthright’s auspices.

— JTA


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