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.”
I read with dismay your letter about the United Nations vote upgrading the Palestinian status to observer state, and your subsequent letter expressing regret for the feelings of alienation that it caused, but affirming the essence of your original message.
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.