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Ooops! They Did It Again?

B’nai Jeshurun rabbis’ comments on Israel trigger a second angry petition from congregants.

02/07/2014
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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.

B'nai Jeshurun's 88th Street entrance. Wikimedia Commons

‘Strong Governance Model’ Announced

Four months after controversial clergy letter, mega-synagogue's board announces ‘oversight’ processes.

02/27/2013
Staff Writer

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.”

The B’nai Jeshurun building: Is board muzzling its rabbis? Photo via Google

B’nai Jeshurun ‘Regrets’ UN Letter

Under pressure, rabbis say letter on Palestinian vote was ‘unedited draft’ and not nuanced enough.

12/06/2012
Staff Writer

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.

Rabbis at B'nai Jeshurun have apologized for a letter celebrating the UN's Palestine vote. Photo courtesy B'nai Jeshurun
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