Jewish Groups and Lawmakers Mourn the Passing of Community Icon RBG

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Flowers and light candies outside the Supreme Court Friday, September 18, 2020
Flowers and light candies outside the Supreme Court Friday, September 18, 2020Credit: Alex Brandon,AP

NEW YORK Jewish organizations and lawmakers mourned the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday night, calling her a “hero” and a Jewish community icon. 

“There are no words as we pray virtually tonight for a better future and bless the memory of our hero Justice Ginsburg,” J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami tweeted. 

The Jewish Federations of North America called Justice Ginsburg “an example of talent and achievement,” and “a source of inspiration not just for Jews but for people of all faiths and ethnicities across America.”

The Republican Jewish Coalition also joined the mourners, calling Justice Ginsburg a “trailblazer and a great patriot.”

“Rest in power, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg,” the group Bend the Arc: Jewish Action tweeted. “This Rosh Hashanah we mourn her passing and celebrate her life’s work. Then fight like hell to protect our courts, our right, and our democracy.”

As news of Justice Ginsburg’s passing broke on the night of Rosh Hashannah, Jewish legislators flocked to social media to express their sadness as well. 

Democratic Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky of Illinois tweeted: “My heart is broken over the loss of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

"May her courageous life relentlessly fighting for justice inspire us all to follow her example,” she added.

Congressman Andy Levin (Democrat of Michigan) called the late Supreme Court justice “a paragon for the Jewish community, embodying the commitment to justice, kindness, and equality that defines so much of Jewish life.”

Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California said “the country lost a truly amazing woman.

“She may have been small of stature but she was an absolute giant of jurisprudence,” she wrote in a statement. 

Feinstein also slammed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for declaring that he would move forward quickly with President Donald Trump’s nominee to replace Justice Ginsburg on the Supreme Court. 

“Under no circumstances should the Senate consider a replacement for Justice Ginsburg until after the presidential inauguration,” she said. “Senator McConnell made his position clear in 2016 when he held Justice [Antonin] Scalia’s seat vacant for 10 months so he could deny President ]Barack] Obama an appointment – a goal he himself admitted.”

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