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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Call for reform Jewry to focus on Judaism, not politics

There's an interesting letter in the Forward that calls on new reform leader Rabbi Rick Jacobs to focus on Judaism rather than on politics.
One change that would be particularly welcome would be to eliminate the URJ’s funding of the movement’s most pernicious component: the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism in Washington. The URJ has used our synagogue dues for many years to fund the RAC, which has a specific political (ultra-liberal) bias; it is absolutely wrong to use mandated contributions to our religious organization to promote specific political viewpoints largely without our knowledge or our agreement.

The RAC will exist without the support of URJ; the new and improved URJ must focus on Jewish, not political, concerns and issues.

Cincinnati, Ohio
Given what we already know about Jacobs' preferences, I'd say that the odds of that change being made are somewhere between slim and none. But it's a nice thought.

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At 2:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

His election was the last straw for my family and we overtly left the reform movement.

At 4:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Reform and Judaism are oxymorons. Hence they have all the time in the world to focus on anything that tickles their fancy.

At 9:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glenn Beck was wrong: for Islam's mullahs, their religious beliefs define their politics--for Reform Judaism's leadership, it's the exact opposite...


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