After a recent snubbing of international leaders of the Reform movement at a gathering organized by the local Hebrew Union College board of governors, this morning’s Ha’aretz reports about the reaction of liberal Jewish communities to Uri Lupolianski’s newly elected office.
Critics in this article include Anat Hoffman, Director of the Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC), Rabbi Levi Weiman-Kelman of the Reform synagogue Kol HaNeshama, Rabbi Professor David Golinkin, President of the Conservative Schechter Institute for Jewish Studies, Gilad Kariv, IRAC Director of Public Affairs, and Alice Shalvi, Chair of the Schechter Institute’s Executive Committee.
Hoffman said: “The election of Jerusalem’s first Haredi mayor provided a unique opportunity to bridge the gap between Orthodox and non-Orthodox Jews. “On one hand, Lupolianski has a chance to prove that what we as Jews have in common is greater than our differences; that regardless of technicalities, those who identify themselves as Jews can feel welcome in Jerusalem. On the other hand, this could turn out to be final proof that the Orthodox politicians serve one part of the people and one part only.”