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Reform Movement Statement on the Threats Against Linda Sarsour and Her Family

Reform Movement Statement on the Threats Against Linda Sarsour and Her Family

For Immediate Release
May 26, 2017

Contact: Graham Roth or Max Rosenblum
202.387.2800 | news@rac.org

Press Release from the Religious Action Center

WASHINGTON – In response to the recent threats and harassment directed at Linda Sarsour and her family, Reform Movement leaders issued the following statement:

In Jewish tradition, a preeminent principle is respect for the holiness of every individual. In that spirit, we unequivocally condemn the threats against Linda Sarsour and her family.

We have often vehemently disagreed with the positions and statements Ms. Sarsour has advocated, such as her support for BDS and anti-Zionism. When necessary, we have not hesitated to express that disagreement. We have also found areas in which we have worked together to advance principles of justice, including the rights of women. Throughout, we engage with respect for the Divine spark present in all people.

Threats and attacks, verbal or otherwise, are unacceptable. In the spirit of our Jewish faith that affirms the sanctity of all humans created in the image of God, we call for an end to such attacks.

Union for Reform Judaism
Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President
Daryl Messinger, Chair, North American Board of Trustees

Central Conference of American Rabbis
Rabbi Steve Fox, Chief Executive
Rabbi David Stern, President

Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism
Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner, Director 
Isabel P. “Liz” Dunst, Chair, Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism

Women of Reform Judaism
Rabbi Marla J. Feldman, Executive Director
Blair C. Marks, President

American Conference of Cantors
Rachel Roth, Chief Operating Officer
Cantor Steven Weiss, President

Association of Reform Zionists of America
Rabbi Josh Weinberg, President
Rabbi John Rosove, Board Chair


The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism is the Washington office of the Union for Reform Judaism, whose nearly 900 congregations across North America encompass 1.5 million Reform Jews, and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, whose membership includes more than 2,000 Reform rabbis. Visit www.rac.org for more.

Published: 05/26/2017