URJ’s New Leader Should Focus on Judaism, Not Politics

Rabbi Richard Jacobs, who has been tapped to be the next leader of the Union for Reform Judaism, is calling for a “new path” for the movement (“Once a Critic, New Leader of Reform Judaism Promises Change,” April 1).

One change that would be particularly welcome would be to eliminate the URJ’s funding of the movement’s most pernicious component: the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism in Washington. The URJ has used our synagogue dues for many years to fund the RAC, which has a specific political (ultra-liberal) bias; it is absolutely wrong to use mandated contributions to our religious organization to promote specific political viewpoints largely without our knowledge or our agreement.

The RAC will exist without the support of URJ; the new and improved URJ must focus on Jewish, not political, concerns and issues.

Cincinnati, Ohio

Your Comments

The Forward welcomes reader comments in order to promote thoughtful discussion on issues of importance to the Jewish community. In the interest of maintaining a civil forum, The Forward requires that all commenters be appropriately respectful toward our writers, other commenters and the subjects of the articles. Vigorous debate and reasoned critique are welcome; name-calling and personal invective are not and will be deleted. Egregious commenters will be banned from commenting. While we generally do not seek to edit or actively moderate comments, our spam filter prevents most links and certain key words from being posted and the Forward reserves the right to remove comments for any reason.

Recommend this article

URJ’s New Leader Should Focus on Judaism, Not Politics

Thank you!

This article has been sent!