Reform's Distracting War Over Politics

By Dana Evan Kaplan

Forward Association, May 13, 2011

The nomination of Rabbi Rick Jacobs as president of the Union for Reform Judaism has unintentionally started what could become a divisive and even destructive internal  conflict within the Reform movement. Rabbi Jacobs’s association with what are perceived to be left-wing organizations have Reform Jews with conservative or even moderate  political views on Israel fearing that their movement is suddenly veering away from them. Rabbi Jacobs’s challenge at this moment is to find outlets for reassuring all Reform Jews that our voices will continue to be heard. Rabbi Jacobs must move the focus away from a divisive debate over internal Israeli policy and get us back on track, doing what he was hired to do: revitalize the movement. And we, Reform Jews, need to stop fighting among ourselves and address the urgent challenges before us.

Topic: Political Behavior, Reform Judaism, Leadership, Politics, Israel Advocacy, Hasbara

Name of Publication: Jewish Daily Forward

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Language: English

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