We released this statement on behalf of the Central Conference of American Rabbis (the oldest and largest rabbinical organization in North American which I have the privilege of serving as President) today in response to the despicable and deplorable statements made by a political candidate.
CCAR Statement Condemning Anti-Muslim Bigotry
Tuesday, December 8, 2015
The Central Conference of American Rabbis condemns anti-Muslim bigotry worldwide, in America, and in the campaign for President of the United States. Specifically, we are horrified by Donald J. Trump’s proposal that all Muslims be barred even from visiting the United States, let alone immigrating, especially as refugees are escaping persecution by the very forces that threaten the western world.
Discrimination on the basis of religion is un-American, unconstitutional, and dangerous. Jewish history has taught us that those who will discriminate on the basis of religion threaten the lives and well-being of countless human beings. As Jews, we know the heart of the stranger, and we will not stand idly by when members of another religious group are singled out as strangers.
Rabbi Denise L. Eger Rabbi Steven A. Fox
President Chief Executive
Central Conference of American Rabbis
I am absolutely ashamed of the Jewish Journal for allowing the publication of Dennis Prager’s attack on a rabbinic colleague and his synagogue. Sadly the Jewish Journal has a long history of publishing Prager’s vitriol and personal attacks on hard working and devoted rabbis. His hurtful words belie his bigotry which used to be reserved for gay and lesbian rabbis and now continues to expand to transgender rabbis. Haven’t we enough bullying? It is precisely this kind of immoral attack that Prager is known for. Words like his have been responsible for pain and suffering. He tries to use the Torah as yet a way to ridicule not just liberal Jews but trans men and trans women.
Shame on you for publishing such an attack on a rabbinic colleague who has demonstrated true Torah by teaching values of Chesed, Talmud Torah and the meaning of B’tzelem Elohim
Liberal Jews use Torah as it was intended as our covenant and document of our relationship with the Divine One. It is our guide for living life. And as our sages recognized Torah is a living document interpreted in every generation in different ways. That’s why we have so many volumes of commentary. I am proud to be a Reform Rabbi whose movement has passed the most comprehensive transgender inclusion resolutions by our youth Movement NFTY, our Rabbis: the CCAR and our congregational communities: the URJ
SO a newish friend and Temple member is a blogger extraordinaire. Writer. Producer. And all -around talented guy. He invited me to be his first guest for a series on food and conversation! Here is the link to that yummy lunch at Ta-Eem – a terrific Kosher Israeli style restaurant. Hummus as good as any in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Ashdod, or Afulah! I hope you enjoy the food review–and our conversation recounted.
@ReformRabbis newest resolution on #climatejustice. I am proud to serve as the Prez of the #CCAR #whatrabbisdo #tikkunolam
Tonight come to a free event at Congregation Kol Ami! If you are a political junkie like I am then join me in a Conversation with Speaker Emeritus John A. Perez on the growing Latino vote and the upcoming year of political campaigns in California and our nation. All are welcome—at 7;30 pm 1200 N. La Brea. You don’t have to be Jewish to love asking questions! #latinovote #politics #ourcountry
Here is my URJ biennial address and benediction on behalf of the Central Conference of American Rabbis