Rabbi David Wolpe wants politics to be out of bounds for the American synagogue. But what is Jewish commitment if it leads us to indifference and fear and not study and activism?
Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie
Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie served as President of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), the congregational arm of the Reform Jewish Movement in North America that represents 1.5 million Reform Jews in 900 synagogues across the United States and Canada, from 1996 to 2012.
Yoffie studied at Stanford University and graduated from Brandeis University. He received his Rabbinical ordination from Hebrew Union College in New York in 1974. He served congregations in Lynbrook, NY, and Durham, NC, before joining the URJ as director of the Midwest Council in 1980. In 1983 he was named Executive Director of the Association of Reform Zionists of America (ARZA). In 1992 he became vice president of the URJ, director of the Commission on Social Action and executive editor of Reform Judaism magazine, before becoming URJ President in 1996.
All the scenarios of a truly cornered President Trump signal danger to U.S. Jews. But the bigger danger is to America herself
Letty Cottin Pogrebin is wrong: If there’s the slightest chance for a deal to be made, we must support it. Yes, even if Donald Trump is its advocate and champion
Naïve, ignorant, narcissistically over-confident. Could that mean Trump can broker Middle East peace?
Israel has avoided playing a role in Syria. But a near-genocide is happening on its border. How can we say 'Never Again' this year and do nothing?
While Israel's PM goes off on bizarre political crusades, the Jewish media is also being diverted by trash and gossip about 'Jared-and-Ivanka', rather than the banana republic values their White House roles promote.
In 50 years, one aspect of my 100 trips to Israel has been constant: visiting my Holocaust survivor cousin David, who rejected family attempts to lure him to America. His sober, unromanticized optimism about Israel gives me hope.
The Republican healthcare plan will lead to a moral disaster for America. We U.S. Jews must fight this outrage, not out of self-interest, but because of our duty to stand up when injustice afflicts our fellow citizens.
Make the President your partner, the Democrats your friends. Stop endorsing the Mexico wall. Feed the Trump ego, but don't publicly suck up to Sheldon Adelson. And don't expect a warm embrace from American Jews.
President Trump neither loves nor hates Jews. His children notwithstanding, he has no special interest in Jews or Judaism. If he did, he would not be relying on Steve Bannon.