J Street’s summit by the Bay

For the first time in its six-year history, J Street is set to hold a national summit, bringing together Americans, Israelis and a prominent Palestinian for two days of speeches, strategizing and panels. And it’s being held in San Francisco.

In past years, J Street has routinely mounted large-scale national conferences in Washington, D.C. This weekend summit will be slightly less formal, with no policy or platform votes, but organizers hope for plenty of fireworks, kicking off June 7 with an opening-night plenary at Congregation Emanu-El titled “Leading to Peace: An Inside View of Mideast Diplomacy.”

The lineup includes former Israeli ambassador to the United Nations Gabriela Shalev, former U.S. ambassador to Israel and Egypt Daniel Kurtzer, and former Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad.

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