B’nai Jeshurun rabbis’ comments on Israel trigger a second angry petition from congregants.
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Congregants of the Upper West Side synagogue B’nai Jeshurun, known worldwide for its spirited services, have for the second time in about a year condemned two of their rabbis’ most recent public statements on Israel, this time in an e-mail petition.
Four months after controversial clergy letter, mega-synagogue's board announces ‘oversight’ processes.
Four months after its clergy was roundly criticized for hailing the United Nations’ recognition of Palestinians, the board of B’nai Jeshurun in Manhattan has “implemented a new thoughtful sequence of oversight and approval processes.”
Under pressure, rabbis say letter on Palestinian vote was ‘unedited draft’ and not nuanced enough.
Stung by criticism over their e-mail to congregants lauding the United Nations for recognizing the Palestinians, the rabbis of B’nai Jeshurun on the Upper West Side sent a new e-mail Thursday morning to express regret that their original e-mail did not convey the proper tone.
“We regret the feelings of alienation that resulted from our letter,” the rabbis wrote.