Jewish Organizations Congratulate Trump, Call for National Unity

'Any expression of bigotry and exclusion must never be allowed to corrode our pluralistic fabric,' says American Jewish Committee in statement.

A supporter of Donald Trump, holding a sign that reads "Jews for Trump," stand outside Trump Tower in New York, October 8, 2016.
Eduardo Munoz, Reuters

The Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations on Wednesday welcomed president-elect Donald Trump's "clear commitment" to be a president for all Americans and to “bind the wounds of division” after a long and bruising campaign.

Conference Chairman Stephen Greenberg and CEO Malcolm Hoenlein said that they looked forward to working with Trump and his team "on the issues facing our country, as well as of specific concern to the American Jewish community including strengthening the special U.S.-Israel relationship, the rise of anti-Semitism and the security of the Jewish people at home and abroad."

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The conference was one of several American Jewish organizations congratulating Trump on his election victory and calling on him to serve as a unifying force.

“The United States is one country with one destiny, and any expression of bigotry and exclusion, as we’ve regrettably seen during the extended campaign, must never be allowed to corrode our pluralistic fabric,” said American Jewish Committee chairman David Harris in a statement on Wednesday.

Harris said Trump must defend America’s diversity “against any further attempts to demonize or stigmatize on the basis of ethnicity, race, gender or faith,” and called for the United States to “assert strong global leadership, which only our country is capable of.”

Republican Jewish Coalition Executive Director Matthew Brooks said in a statement that the Trump victory, as well as the victory of Republicans in down-ticket races, “is a sound rejection of the failed policies of the Obama Administration.”

Citing the Iran nuclear deal and the erosion of support for Israel among Democrats, Brooks added that “it’s clear the American people are ready to turn the page on the past eight years.”

“After a long, grueling campaign, it’s time for the nation to come together,” he said. “While there are bound to be bruises on both sides of the aisle — Republicans, Democrats, and Independents must move forward and heal our differences for the good of the country.”

The Jewish Council for Public Affairs congratulated Trump in a Wednesday morning statement and urged him to "continue to work toward bringing the country together.”

“The American people have spoken,” said Cheryl Fishbein, chairwoman of the council's board, in a statement. “And as our great democratic tradition dictates, it’s time for a peaceful transition of power.”

The Orthodox Union said that it looked forward “to working with other Americans to heal the divisions in American society and work to support policies that will move our country forward.”

“The Orthodox Union looks forward to working with President Trump and his Administration on issues of critical importance to our community, including strengthening the U.S.-Israel relationship, expanding educational opportunity and choice for all American children, defending America’s ‘first freedom’ of religious liberty and more,” the union said in a statement.