The J Street Challenge

The J Street Challenge is an important and timely documentary about a significant issue facing the American Jewish community. Since it was founded in 2008, J Street's idealistic message has attracted many Jews, 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 community and weakened American Jewish 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 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 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.

Year:
2014
Length:
60 minutes
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Shown at

  1. 14th Annual Las Vegas Jewish Film Festival - 2015

5 Responses

  1. jewishfilmfests says:

    Op-Ed: ‘J Street Challenge’: Truth Trumps Lies
    The new film, ‘J Street Challenge’, is short, powerful, and an absolute must-see.
    http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/14542

  2. jewishfilmfests says:

    Film Exposé of J Street Reveals Decaying Core of Moral Narcissism
    The film uses scholars, activists and carefully selected film clips to unravel the magical marketing mystery of J Street, which promotes an empty bottle as the elusive elixir of Middle East peace.
    http://www.jewishpress.com/news/film-expose-of-j-street-reveals-decaying-core-of-moral-narcissism/2014/02/21/

  3. jewishfilmfests says:

    The J Street nose in the Jewish tent
    J Street’s behavior in response to The J Street Challenge should serve as a warning to the “mainstream” Jewish community. Modern- day Jacobins like Ben-Ami and Gellman don’t do compromise. Once accepted into the big tent, as J Street’s reaction to The J Street Challenge demonstrates, they demand silence from those who challenge their opinions or contradict their dubious claims of being pro-Israel.
    http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Op-Ed-Contributors/The-J-Street-nose-in-the-Jewish-tent-351464

  4. jewishfilmfests says:

    THE J STREET CHALLENGE; CONTROVERSIAL FILM TO HAVE SEATTLE PREMIERE
    The J Street Challenge, a film that has created a bit of a buzz in the Jewish community, has been described variously as a “hatchet job” and an “exposé” depending upon which side is speaking at a given moment, and where they stand across the divide. The film juxtaposes 12 minutes of footage, excerpts of speeches and statements by Jeremy Ben Ami, the founder and president of J Street, with filmed interviews of a host of experts hailing from the opposite side of the political spectrum.
    http://mikereport.wordpress.com/2014/11/06/the-j-street-challenge-controversial-film-has-seattle-premiere/

  5. jewishfilmfests says:

    ‘J Street Challenge’ drives down the middle of the community
    The Seattle premiere of “The J Street Challenge,” a documentary film critical of the self-described pro-Israel and pro-peace group J Street, drew over 250 adults to Congregation Ezra Bessaroth November 12, according to organizers, but the screening drew fire in a written letter of protest sent before the screening from 13 clergy in the Washington Coalition of Rabbis who said they “fear the screening — divorced from direct dialogue and respectful exchange with those of differing views — will lead Am Yisrael to further division.”
    http://jewishsound.org/j-street-challenge-drives-down-the-middle-of-the-community/

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