Hillel president to talk BDS with J Street students

Ron Kampeas

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Hillel President Eric Fingerhut will address J Street students about combating the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel on campuses.

Fingerhut, who pulled out of addressing a J Street conference in March, reportedly under donor pressure, will address the summer leadership institute of J Street’s Campus affiliate, J Street U, on Aug. 17, a Hillel statement said.

The statement issued Thursday said Fingerhut would “discuss issues of mutual concern and importance to both organizations and the pro-Israel community on campus.”

Matthew Berger, a spokesman for Hillel, said Fingerhut “looked forward to meeting the students and engaging with them.”

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“All Hillel professionals value opportunities to speak to as many Jewish students as possible,” Berger said.

J Street and Hillel officials have met since Fingerhut pulled out of the March conference to discuss means of working together.

J Street U opposes the boycott movement, but its openness to engage with entities and individuals that some centrist and right-wing Jewish groups consider hostile to Israel and Jews has created tensions among pro-Israel groups.

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