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November 13, 2009

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November 13, 2009

J Street is a fantastic organization. Security through peace - isn't this what everyone wants? Isn't it the intelligent, thought-through, most realistic approach? Finally a group saying it loudly and with conviction.

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Writings, speeches.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Being educated by them.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Excellent.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Change the world.

Ways to make it better...

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In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Not enough people are really listening.

One thing I'd also say is that...

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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November 13, 2009

I stand with J Street because justice, security, and peace in Israel won't come until our conversations are focused on the long-term work we need to do make peace rather than just our short-term fears. Finally, someone gets that- J STREET!

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

ensure a two-state solution within 10 years and help bring peace, dignity, safety, and security to Israel and Palestine.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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November 13, 2009

The constant state of bloody conflict hurts Israel and tugs at the heart of every Jew. J Street has a sensible position on achieving peace while preserving Israel as a democratic Jewish state. The time is now.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

educating the public about Israel's current circumstances and prospects for the future, as well as educating the public about the effects of US foreign policy on Israel.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

its spokespeople are articulate, balanced and respectful of those who hold different views. Given that discussing differing views about Israel within the Jewish community is extremely sensitive, this is a huge contribution to our community.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

across the spectrum from the founder, Jeremy BenAmi, to line staff assisting members in taking action.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help many more American Jews have the dialog we must have in order to support peace and security for Israel at the same time as we grow in understanding of each other and of the varieties of what it means to be an American Jew.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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November 13, 2009

Aside from attending its remarkable conference in October -- which would alone qualify J Street for an award for being fleet on its feet, thoughtful, and impactful with precious little preparation time -- the 'buzz' surrounding its inception has been remarkable. And by that I don't mean the negativity heard in some established corners of the community, but the sense of doors opening, and the sighs of relief and appreciation, among countless individuals who've always been "pro-Israel, pro-peace" but never had a powerful focused mainstream group with which to alignthemselves. Kol hakavod / all the honor, to J Street

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

its impressive and balanced educational efforts, wherein J Street honors those who see the situation differently even as it effectively speaks up for its focused "pro-Israel, pro-peace" platform.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Grow, grow, grow! I don't know enough about the internals to speak to strategy questions, but I've liked all that I've seen to date.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

watching it get off the ground so quickly, so effectively, and with such a broad and deep impact.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

truly impressive, and dedicated -- knowledgeable, effective, energized, and perhaps above all respectful rather than polarizing in their portrayals of other organizations whose goals differ from those of J Street.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

leverage 20 million more, and then more still, toward targeted campaign contributions -- and be an effective player in building a multi-issue, sophisticated, 'pro-Israel AND pro-peace' lobbying presence

Ways to make it better...

at the opening conference, more of the traditional 'pro-Israel' signifiers (like Hatikvah) had been present-- though given the breadth of the coalition it brought together, I understand the call they made.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

overcoming entrenched resistance among folks who've spent decades learning, and then espousing, the older "pro-Israel" party line'; J Street has nicely framed being pro-justice, pro-co-existence, and pro-peace as indeed being pro-Israel, but it's hard...

One thing I'd also say is that...

J Street's nuanced statements, as on the Goldstone Report for instance, deserve great accolades -- they're not just balancing diverse stakeholder perspectives, but truly striving to do the right thing in every instance.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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November 13, 2009

J Street has brought much-needed sanity into the arena. It is replacing cynicism with cautious optimism. J Street represents the future.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

They are full of energy.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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November 13, 2009

I stand with J Street because as an American-born Jew whose father fought in WWII, I love Israel, and believe passionately in its right to exist, and also think that the path to guaranteeing a future of prosperity, peace and hope involves a two-state solution and reaching out to the Palestinians.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing results of campaigns in which I have taken part. Feeling that pride and sense of community and oneness of spirit.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make them even more active and vocal.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Realizing that I am not even close to being alone as an American Jew who supports and loves Israel but wants to seek a different and better way for a just and peaceful resolution with the Palestinians.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Not applicable.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Help to alter the course of world events in the Middle East. And I write that as no starry-eyed puppy; I am 41, I have lived through the Camp David Peace Accords and the horrifying assassination of Itzhak Rabin.

Ways to make it better...

I do not have any room to offer improvements because my experiences as an online activist have been satisfying.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Countering those conservative Jewish organizations who try to claim that J Street and its supporters are "self-hating Jews" or one of the most vicious descriptions I've read of late, "anti-Semitic Jews."

One thing I'd also say is that...

J Street is one of the new organizations advocating a new way to be pro-Israeli that has given me a renewed hope in the future of Israel and of peace in the Middle East.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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November 13, 2009

My children were born in Jerusalem during the bus and cafe bombings of the second intifada. J Street's powerful voicing of the majority opinion that strong US leadership is required to achieve a peaceful two-state solution gives me hope that Israeli children won't have to live through a time like that again. The J Street conference was fantastic - extremely well-run, welcoming, professional, and very educational. There was a wide range of views on the peace process from solid Center to far left. It felt wonderful to be in a place where we were all committed to israel and could debate how to move forward without villifying each other.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Absolutely fantastic - professional, friendly and very well-informed

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

make the JEwish community a more welcoming place to young and liberal Jews and help move the peace process forward in the Middle East

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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November 13, 2009

Israel needs peace for security, and J Street offers a way forward. Security for Israel is security for the U.S; peace for Israel is the only path to real security. J Street has the right approach. I read J Street news a lot, and forward it to many friends and family--because they are doing very good, promising work.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

that I think it offers REAL HOPE and wise ideas for PEACE for the Middle East. I really, really hope their efforts work.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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November 12, 2009

Who would not support J Street, if you really want peace to begin within our lifetimes in Israel and Palestine? I have been working on this issue since 1967 and have seen too many who say they are for a just peace and then hold out for advantage for 'their' side. J Street is part of the solution - plain and simple - so I am with them!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing that more people are now willing to talk about finding a solution for the tension between Israel and Palestine than before J Street.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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November 12, 2009

"Finally, there is a major player organization that supports Israel, the US, and global stability by working actively for peace. I believe that J Street understands Israel can only be secure if peace is achieved with its internal population of Palestinians and with its neighbors."

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

start to more accurately reflect Jewish sentiment and views towards Israeli policy and bring us closer to peace in the Middle East.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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