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Enlightened Reform Movement Equally Disappointed in Israel and the Palestinians

Who are These People? Are they even Jewish? Honestly?
Richard J. Jacobs, Reform rabbi and president of the Union for Reform Judaism, the congregational arm of the Reform movement in North America, representing an estimated 1.5 million Reform Jews.

Richard J. Jacobs, Reform rabbi and president of the Union for Reform Judaism, the congregational arm of the Reform movement in North America, representing an estimated 1.5 million Reform Jews.

They write on their website:

The people of Israel are struggling to recover from the physical, emotional and psychological impact of recent rocket fire from terrorists in the Gaza Strip. This new Fund is helping to support the more than one million residents of Israel’s South as they recover and rebuild.

Great. Put the money on the table by the door, mumble a polite apology and leave. we’ll call you when we need your advice.

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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10 Responses to “Enlightened Reform Movement Equally Disappointed in Israel and the Palestinians”

  1. Jewish friends of Israel-J-Street, Bnai Jeshurun, and CCAR would mean very well.

    and continue until Israel was completely destroyed.

    The people they are trying to defend would if given the chance not hesitate to slit the throats of each one of them.

  2. Bill Bilek says:

    I have said it before. I will say it again. On issues of religious pluralism in the nation state of the Jewish People, issues that affect REFORM Jews and their movement, the URJ is the appropriate body to lobby the Israeli government on the behalf of its members.

    On issues of security, defense, international affairs, JEWS is JEWS – not Reform, Conservative, Orthodox,. As such, SUPPORT the Israeli government, or, at least publicly, KEEP QUIET. Our divisiveness gives aid and comfort to those who would see us ALL exterminated, regardless of which branch of Judaism we profess to follow. Sinat chinam will be our downfall once again.

    Despite his reassuring words on his ascension to the Presidency last year, Rabbi Jacobs disappoints.

  3. Alan Kardon says:

    Until the Palestines and Hamas terrorists agree to the fact that Israel has a right to exist there is nothing to talk about.

  4. There is Smart, and there is Wise, there are lots of Smart Jews out there, but not many with Wisdom.

  5. Grace Acosta says:

    I wish I could "like" this more than once!

  6. Grace Acosta says:

    Ahavas Isroel means to love ALL Jews, even the misinformed, self hating, deluded ones. I pray they will wake up and open their eyes to the truth of Torah.

  7. I want these So called Jews to go and live in Ashdod Or Shderot and feel how these Israeli's lives under attack by rockets for so long!

  8. Please don't forget that these are the same human beings that lobbied Rooseveldt to keep the Jews out of America as they would cause anti-Semitism – as if it didn't exist already – and sent the Jews on the St Louis plus those in Eastern Europe to the camps, great suffering and gas chambers. What do you want from them? Do you think their children and grandchildren know how they behaved then and the possible consequences of their behaviour now? They have forgotten the meaning and experiences of Jew hatred.

  9. Ron Dolinsky says:

    That 200 self important and self appointed Jews profess to represent 1.5 million other reform Jews is false on its face. One can only represent another with their express permission. Attending a synagogue, paying dues, and following a Rabbi in prayer does not grant the Rabbi the right to speak for them on political matters. That goes for my rabbi, too. These people who do represent the highest ethical and moral standards have an obligation to get congregants’ express permission to criticize the Israeli government and publically announce the total. What an embarrassment that would be! Otherwise, they are playing a cynical game and need to resign their positions.

  10. Ron Dolinsky says:

    That 200 self important and self appointed Jews profess to represent 1.5 million other reform Jews is false on its face. One can only represent another with their express permission. Attending a synagogue, paying dues, and following a Rabbi in prayer does not grant the Rabbi the right to speak for them on political matters. That goes for my rabbi, too. These people who do represent the highest ethical and moral standards have an obligation to get congregants’ express permission to criticize the Israeli government and publically announce the total. What an embarrassment that would be! Otherwise, they are playing a cynical game and need to resign their positions.

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