Monday, October 31, 2005

Reform to speak out on Iraq

Reform wants to publicly take a strong stand. (No, not on intermarriage)

Baltimore Jewish Times:

A grass-roots campaign to push the leadership of the Reform movement to take a stand on the Iraq war is gathering steam, and is expected to come to a vote next month at the Union for Reform Judaism's General Assembly in Houston.
Spearheaded by Congregation M'kor Shalom in Cherry Hill, N.J., the initiative is supported by about a dozen other Reform congregations, several of which are preparing resolutions to take to the floor of the convention during its plenary sessions Nov. 16-20.
"I think it's a welcome development," said Rabbi Eric Yoffie, president of the Union for Reform Judaism...

Surveys last year showed that support for the war is lower among American Jews than non-Jews. Yet no mainstream Jewish organizations have joined the antiwar movement, which has been plagued by a strong anti-Israel undertone that has dismayed even long-time Jewish leftists...

Think of the irony: in a war many believe to be facilitated by a cabal of Jewish "Neocons", Jews support the war less than the general public.
It all depends on which Jews.
posted by Yeshiva Orthodoxy
at 12:42 PM

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