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Washington, D.C., January 25, 2016 – In response to hateful protests at a pro-Israel LGBT event in this weekend, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism Director Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner has released the following statement:
We condemn the deplorable, disruptive actions of protestors at an event sponsored by A Wider Bridge featuring the Jerusalem Open House during the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force's Creating Change conference. The failure of the Task Force to ensure the event proceeded peacefully in the spirit of inclusion and dialogue that should be a hallmark of the conference is also deeply troubling. The Task Force must do significant soul searching to examine how it allowed such disruption to occur under its auspices even as it reaches out to repair ties with those who were obstructed in their attempt to gather in recognition and celebration of the tremendous work of the Jerusalem Open House.
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.