Jews For Racial and Economic Justice, the New York City social action group, had planned to hold its annual awards dinner, as usual, at the Upper West Side Congregation B'nai Jeshurun.
After all, the dovish group's major award is named for the progressive synagogue's beloved late Rabbi Marshall Meyer. And its current rabbi, Rolando Matalon, is on the JFREJ board of directors.
Three prominent liberal New York rabbis have abruptly resigned from the advisory board of a new national Jewish peace group after their names appeared in a controversial full-page New York Times ad that likened Israel to the Passover story’s evil Pharaoh, and also used a Nazi allusion to describe the Sharon government’s military actions in the West Bank and Gaza.
In her first public appearance since departing under fire from the Khalil Gibran International Academy, Debbie Almontaser, its former head, stood by as a cast of speakers called for her reinstatement — including several that drew criticism from critics who denounced them for extremism.
For most Americans, the familiar images of the towering tsunami tidal waves that destroyed large parts of Southeast Asia and took more than 150,000 lives two weeks ago are shattered villages and grieving relatives.
For one American, a rabbi from Manhattan, who saw the wreckage with his own eyes, there is another memory: merchants still selling merchandise.