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    • Tosefta
    • 23.12.07 | 15:50 (IST)

    The Forward (Jan. 12, 2001) reports that, "Mr. Lauder's appearance at the January 8 rally, where he was a featured speaker, followed a meeting in New York in which he tried?and failed?to win an endorsement of the rally from the organization that he leads, the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. Mr. Lauder took care at the rally to state that he was speaking only as an individual. Yet he went on to say that he `was representing millions of Jews throughout the world' who oppose Israeli compromise over the holy city. . Mr. Lauder's decision to speak after failing to win the conferences approval left many of the body's 55 members "disturbed and angered by what many are calling a slap in the face of the current Israeli government. Some said they especially were distressed by efforts of conference members to use the organization ...as a vehicle for attacking Israeli policy." Rabbi Eric Yoffie, president of the Reform movement's Union of American Hebrew Congregations, declared: "I`m very troubled by this. If the Conference comes to be seen in partisan terms, it's not going to be able to sustain itself." Hours before the Jerusalem rally, Jerusalem mayor Ehud Olmert told Israel Radio: "A vote was taken in the Conference of Presidents, and it was decided by majority vote not only to send Mr. Lauder here, but to authorize him to speak in the name of the Jewish organizations." In the Israeli press, major newspapers identified Lauder as chairman of the Conference of Presidents. Mayor Olmert, angered by Rabbi Yoffie"s criticism, told an Israeli radio interviewer that the Reform movement represented an "insignificant minority that is meaningless when it comes to Jerusalem" and said that "there are much more important movements among American Jewry." Rabbi Yoffie responded: "I am astonished that a politician of Mr. Olmert's stature doesn't know the basic facts about North American Jewish life. For the record: the Reform movement represents some 1.5 million Jews in North America, by far the largest group of any organized body of Jews on this continent."

    from the article: Reform head: U.S. Jews must not oppose compromise on Jerusalem
    First published 00:00 22.12.07 | Last updated 00:00 22.12.07
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