Reflecting on Falwell

The passing of Rev. Jerry Falwell is sure to fuel the already burning debate in the Jewish community over whether to embrace pro-Israel conservative Christians.

For decades, the Moral Majority founder was unyielding in his support for Israel, and recently invited one of the country’s leading Jewish liberals, Reform movement leader Rabbi Eric Yoffie, to speak to students at Falwell’s Liberty University. Despite such efforts, in many Jewish circles, Falwell could not undo the anxiety over his right-wing politics and displays of what struck many as religious intolerance (here, here, here and here).

Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, president of International Fellowship of Christians and Jews:

Media Advisory: Rabbi Daniel Lapin Mourns the Passing of Long Time Friend Jerry Falwell

Redmond, Wa—May 15—America’s Rabbi, Rabbi Daniel Lapin, mourns the passing of long time friend Jerry Falwell.

Rabbi Eric Yoffie: Rev. Falwell’s influence will be felt for years, even generations, to come

New York, NY May 15, 2007 – In response to the passing of the Rev. Jerry Falwell, Rabbi Eric Yoffie, president of the Union for Reform Judaism, who was invited to speak at Liberty University a year ago, issued the following statement:


New York, NY, May 15, 2007 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today expressed sadness at the passing of the Rev. Jerry Falwell, a passionate leader of Christianity in America and a dear friend of Israel.

Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, issued the following statement:

Israeli Ambassador Sallai Meridor Reacts to the Passing of Rev. Dr. Jerry Falwell

For Immediate Release May 15, 2007

WASHINGTON –Upon the passing of Rev. Dr. Jerry Falwell, the Ambassador of Israel, H.E. Sallai Meridor released the following statement:

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