Letter | It’s naive to expect that politics wont come up in synagogue by the Forward

Letter | It’s naive to expect that politics wont come up in synagogue

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Dear Editor,

In a recent Forward article, Adrienne Skolnik accused her former congregation of being unwelcome to Republicans. As a member of that same synagogue, I strongly disagree with her characterization of my community.

Letter | It’s naive to expect that politics wont come up in synagogue

While Skolnik claims that “for not conforming to a specific political groupthink, [she] was censored, silenced and squeezed out of a Jewish religious space,” I have not experienced this, nor am I aware of it.

Moreover, how could she be surprised that here in Asheville, once described by a conservative legislator as the “Cesspool of Sin,”, the Jewish community is more liberal than conservative?

And some of her accusations, including that she was called racist by a new friend, have nothing to do with the local synagogue. The synagogue’s weekly and monthly bulletins carry regular announcements of activities by several of the synagogue’s conservative political groups. I also find her assertion that political discussions have no place during Shabbat luncheon as naïve.

I’m disappointed in the Forward for publishing this.


Sincerely, Leonard Koenick
Asheville, North Carolina

The views and opinions expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect those of the Forward.

Letter | It’s naive to expect that politics wont come up in synagogue

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