J Street Boston was greatly disappointed by Temple Beth Avodah’s last-minute decision to withdraw from hosting J Street founder and President Jeremy Ben-Ami. The event had been scheduled to take place at the Newton synagogue for over a month, and the decision to cancel the event came from a small number of congregants, whom we believe have misrepresented J Street’s positions.

Ben-Ami was scheduled to talk with Jewish Advocate editor Steven Maas about the crossroads currently faced by Israel, the state of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and U.S. engagement, the impact of the recent elections, and the role of J Street as an agent of change in Washington and in local Jewish communities.

The talk is still taking place in Newton, at Memorial-Spaulding Elementary School, and we urge those who care about Jewish and democratic values to attend and show that the actions of a few will not silence the pro-Israel, pro-peace voice. You are encouraged to come, listen, question and challenge. We look forward to seeing you tonight.

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