Rabbi Saperstein: "For anyone to be discriminated against on the basis of one's gender, or to excuse discrimination based on one's interpretation of a religion's law is unacceptable."
Washington D.C., December 13, 2011- In response to Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Peres' statements regarding gender discrimination in Israel, Rabbi David Saperstein, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement:
On behalf of the Union for Reform Judaism whose 900 congregations across North America encompass 1.5 million Reform Jews, and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, with membership of more than 1800 Reform rabbis, I commend Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres for speaking out against gender segregation in Israel. We oppose discrimination against any all individual, for the stamp of the Divine is imprinted on the souls of each and every one of us. For anyone to be discriminated against on the basis of one's gender, or to justify discrimination in the civil sphere based on one's interpretation of a religion's law is unacceptable.