Conference of Presidents Members Condemn Mort Klein BLM Tweets

Categories: Letters From Leadership

June 12, 2020

 

Mort Klein

President 

Zionist Organization of America

 

Dear Mr. Klein,

 

We, the undersigned members of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, condemn the tweets regarding Black Lives Matter that you sent out last weekend. 

 

The specific tweets to which we are referring are: “BlackLivesMatter is an antisemitic, Israel hating Soros funded racist extremist Israelophobic hate group.” And “BLM is a Jew hating, White hating, Israel hating, conservative Black hating, violence promoting, dangerous Soros funded extremist group of haters.”

 

We hope that you agree that the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Aubrey have ignited a much needed and long-overdue push to address institutionalized racism, police violence and white supremacy that plague the United States. 

 

At this delicate and critical juncture in American history, Jews of all colors must stand up for black lives and against senseless hatred and divisive bigotry. It is time to find our common humanity, not to search for ways to keep us apart. There is no room for hate in organized Jewish life.

 

Respectfully,

 

Kenneth Bob, President, Ameinu 

Hadar Susskind, President and CEO, Americans for Peace Now 

Rabbi Bennett Miller, National Chair, ARZA

Rabbi Hara Person, Chief Executive, Central Conference of American Rabbis – 

Robert Aronson, Chair, HIAS 

Stuart Applebaum, President, Jewish Labor Committee 

Meredith Jacobs, CEO, Jewish Women International 

Janet Gurvitch, President, Na’amat USA 

Marilyn Wind, President, MERCAZ USA 

Sheila Katz, CEO, National Council of Jewish Women 

Rabbi Jacob Blumenthal, Chief Executive, Rabbinical Assembly

Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President , Union of Reform Judaism
Ann Toback, CEO, The Workers Circle

Leslie Lichter, Interim CEO, United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism

Rabbi Marla Feldman, Executive Director, Women of Reform Judaism

Rabbi Ellen S. Wolintz-Fields, Executive Director, Women’s League for Conservative Judaism 

 

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