WASHINGTON - The leftist Jewish camp in the US is undertaking significant efforts to build a strong grassroots movement, as 20 leftist pro-Israel groups prepare to take part in a convention organized by J Srteet.
J Street announced today that it has reached an agreement under which Brit Tzedek v’Shalom chapters and activists along with its Rabbinic Cabinet will become part of its new National Grassroots Program.
In seven years, Brit Tzedek has experienced tremendous growth by mobilizing nearly 50,000 activists in 41 chapters and over 1,000 rabbis all.
J Street also announced that veteran political organizer Laurie Moskowitz, who ran presidential candidate Al Gore's field campaign in 2000, will join its team as a senior advisor responsible for building out the field organization and grassroots efforts to support the pro-Israel, pro-peace organization’s strategic initiatives.
Working together with the Deputy Field Organizer, Carinne Luck, Moskowitz will offer strategic guidance to J Street based on decades of experience in campaign and advocacy efforts.
Meanwhile, Washington Post reported Saturday that bout 150 Democratic Congress members are expected to take part in the convention organized by J Street, while 10 others announced in recent days they will not be attending, apparently because of Israeli pressure.
Israel's US Ambassador Michael Oren already announced that he will not be attending the event, voicing fears that J Street endorses policy that may undermine Israel's positions.