San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Americans for Peace and Tolerance Proudly Present:
The J Street Challenge: The Seductive Allure of Peace in Our Time
Harvard Professors Alan Dershowitz & Ruth Wisse
Rabbi Daniel Gordis of the Shalem College in Jerusalem
Caroline Glick of The Jerusalem Post
Bret Stephens, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The Wall Street Journal
There will be a panel discussion following the film with Charles Jacobs, co-founder of the David Project, the American Anti-Slavery Group, and Americans for Peace and Tolerance; and Ralph Avi Goldwasser, the executive producer of the film, co-founder of the David Project, and the executive producer of several films including award-winning "The Forgotten Refugees", "Columbia Unbecoming", and "Northeastern Unbecoming".
The J Street Challenge is an important and timely documentary about a significant issue facing the American Pro-Israel community.
Since it was founded in 2008, J Street’s idealistic message has attracted many Jews and Christians, young and old, who are frustrated by the Middle East conflict and sincerely want peace between Arabs and Jews. J Street has been a subject of controversy. Critics claim that J Street has divided the Jewish and Christian community and weakened American Jewish and Christian support for Israel. “The J Street Challenge” lets viewers hear both sides of this important debate over the elusive solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict. The film explores the reasons for J Street’s appeal, as well as the diverse and at times contradictory motivations of its leaders and followers. The film is being released at a critical time for the American Jewish and Christian community given the intense efforts by the United States to resolve the conflict and influence the community’s leadership to support these efforts. The Kerry peace initiative has further divided the Jewish and Christian community, with J Street working to weaken the influence of AIPAC while strongly backing the administration.
The film includes distinguished scholars and writers from a wide political spectrum, including Harvard professors Alan Dershowitz and Ruth Wisse, Rabbi Daniel Gordis of the Shalem College in Jerusalem, Caroline Glick, Managing Editor of the Jerusalem Post, Professor Richard Landes of Boston University, Lenny Ben David – former Israeli diplomat and author, and Bret Stephens, Pulitzer prize winning columnist for The Wall Street Journal.
When & Where
This program was produced by StandWithUs/RI, soon to be a chapter of the non-profit educational charity organization StandWithUs whose mission is to educate the Jewish community and the public at large about the ideological threats facing Israel and America.