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Baltimore Jewish Life: Rabbinic Group Criticizes Democratic Candidates for Shunning AIPAC but Attending J Street
AIPAC celebrates Israel as a first-world democracy and beacon of freedom in the Middle East. J Street, by contrast, is about everything Israel is supposedly doing wrong.
“The Founding Fathers were not atheists, but represented a variety of religious views,” [Rabbi Pesach] Lerner wrote in an email to the Forward…. “The claim that this runs contrary to the Establishment Clause is to misuse a key protection of our religious freedom to instead to squelch and disenfranchise any religious viewpoint.”
Yaakov Menken of the Coalition of Jewish Values told JNS, “I think it remains to be seen. Certainly, the initial reaction is very negative—wanting to avoid endless wars is not a reason to abandon friends and allies to a hateful adversary. But as far as Israel, some argue that the Turks will prevent Iranian weapons from reaching Hezbollah via Syria, which is a good thing.”
Rabbi Pruzansky charged that the event “maligns the targeted company and its employees, defames ICE agents, displays woeful ignorance of history, trivializes and distorts the Holocaust, and is a vulgar insult to six million murdered Jews and the survivors of that horror.”
“When they spoke about the suppression of religion around the world, Vice President Pence, President Trump and UN Secretary-General Guterres all began with anti-Semitism and the oppression of Jews.” — Rabbi Yaakov Menken [p. 38]
Orthodox groups like the Orthodox Union, Chabad-Lubavitch, the Coalition for Jewish Values and the National Council of Young Israel will also be participating, JNS reported.
Jewish News Service: Despite tensions, some liberal Jewish groups to join pre-5780 phone call with Trump
The Orthodox Union, the Coalition for Jewish Values, Chabad-Lubavitch, the Union for Reform Judaism and the National Council of Young Israel will have representatives on the call, the organizations told JNS.
Baltimore Jewish Life: Hundreds of Rabbis and Jewish Leaders to Receive President’s Blessings for the New Year
Over 150 received their invitations due to the efforts of the Coalition for Jewish Values (CJV), a two-year-old organization representing over 1000 traditional rabbis in matters of public policy.
Baltimore Jewish Life: Rabbi Yaakov Menken’s Statement After Attending UN Conference On Promotion Of Religious Liberty
All three demonstrated a clear awareness that Jews are the “canary in the coal mine,” the first (and not the last) to be targeted by hateful regimes and groups.
Why is Anti-Semitism being allowed to take root in the Democratic party?