Jeremy Ben Ami releases new book on the rise of Jewish moderation: A New Voice for Israel

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Jeremy Ben Ami releases new book on the rise of Jewish moderation: A New Voice for Israel

I’m very excited to let you know that the book I’ve written about the journey that led me to J Street – A New Voice for Israel – goes on sale July 19th.

The book tells a personal story – how the son of a leader of Menachem Begin’s Irgun came to help found the American political lobby pressing for a two-state solution.

It also takes a critical look at the traditional rules governing American politics and the Jewish community when it comes to Israel – and suggests significant changes to both.

Finally, it makes an urgent plea to Israel’s supporters to change course now before it is too late to ensure a secure and democratic future for Israel.

To pre-order the book, please click here. Proceeds from the sale of the book go to J Street, and strong early orders will help the book and our work to gain more publicity.

Over the course of the coming months, I’ll be traveling the country, giving talks about the book and using it as a springboard to spark important communal conversations about how best to secure Israel’s future, its democratic nature and its Jewish character.

You can find out more about those events here.

In the book, I write, “My hope is that this book contributes in some small way to opening up minds and conversation in the American Jewish community and beyond about the need not just for such action but for a whole new approach to Israel advocacy in the United States.”

I’m grateful that such magnificent writers as Peter Beinart, Letty Cottin Pogrebin, Ayelet Waldman, Bernard Avishai and Janine Zacharia were kind enough to recommend the book. You can read their comments here.
If you would be interested in reading more, please do consider pre-ordering the book. You can also look for it on sale after July 19th.

Thank you so much for your interest and for all that you do for the cause of peace and security for Israel, its neighbors and the whole Middle East.

Jeremy Ben-Ami
President, J Street
July 6, 2011

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Ray Hanania is an award winning political columnist and author. He covered Chicago Politics and Chicago City Hall from 1976 through 1992. Hanania began writing in 1975 when he published The Middle Eastern Voice newspaper in Chicago (1975-1977). He later published “The National Arab American Times” newspaper which was distributed through 12,500 Middle East food stores in 48 American States (2004-2007).

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