Wednesday, April 30, 2014, New York, NY… After a lengthy and thorough process, the full membership of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations convened to consider the application for membership submitted by J Street. The process included three meetings of the Membership Committee, including one at which representatives of J Street made a presentation and answered questions. Membership Committee representatives held additional meetings with J Street representatives. After a full discussion, a vote was held. J Street did not receive the affirmative vote of two thirds of the fifty member organizations as required by Conference rules.
Robert G. Sugarman, Chairman, and Malcolm Hoenlein, Executive Vice Chairman/CEO of the Conference issued the following statement. “The Conference meticulously followed its long established Process and Procedures Guidelines in considering J Street’s application. We thank Rabbi Vernon Kurtz, Chairman, and the members of the Membership Committee for their dedicated service. A two-thirds affirmative vote of the member organizations is a significant threshold. Some present member organizations did not initially achieve the necessary support but subsequently re-applied and are now members. The present membership of the Conference includes organizations which represent and articulate the views of broad segments of the American Jewish community and we are confident that the Conference will continue to present the consensus of the community on important national and international issues as it has for the last fifty years.”
The Conference of Presidents is the central coordinating body representing 50 national Jewish organizations on issues of national and international concern