340 Rabbis Urge Congress to Support Nuclear Deal with Iran

Call for International Partners to Strengthen Efforts to Confront Iranian Support for Terrorism and other Threats

 

For Immediate Release
New York, NY, August 17, 2015

For More Information, or to Connect with the Rabbis Organizing this Campaign, Please Contact:
Gideon Aronoff; 212 366-1194; Gideon@Ameinu.net

Today, 340 rabbis from all streams of Judaism sent a letter to all Members of Congress urging that they support the agreement between the international community and Iran on the Iranian nuclear program.

 

“We commend the U.S. and the other negotiating teams for their dedication to reaching an agreement to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons.  This deal is good for the United States and our allies in the region, and is the best arrangement possible given current international realities,” declared Rabbi Steven Bob of Glen Ellyn, IL.

Rabbi Rachel Mikva of Chicago added, “A wide array of views about the nuclear deal exist among American Jews, as demonstrated in the recent Jewish Journal poll that showed 49% approving of the agreement (31% opposed) and 53% wanting Congress to approve it (35% opposed). However many Jewish Federations, AIPAC and other leading national Jewish organizations are campaigning in opposition, which is being interpreted to mean that American Jews want to see the deal scrapped.  This is a false and dangerous message that we as rabbis hope to counter with our letter to Congress.”

 

“If Congress ultimately rejects the deal, the consequences for the United States, Israel, the Jewish community and the world will be significant.  We fear that the outcome will be the collapse of the international sanctions regime, an Iranian race for nuclear weapons and an associated arms race in the Middle East and isolation of Israel and the United States from international partners,” said Rabbi Samuel Gordon of Wilmette, IL.

 

Rabbi Burton Visotzky of New York City concluded, “While we believe the deal is a positive approach to the Iranian nuclear issue, we remain gravely concerned about Iranian support for terrorist groups and other destabilizing actions in the region.  These threats must be countered aggressively by the international community.  The misguided campaign to scuttle the nuclear deal harms the ability of Israel to join with the United States and regional allies to create a powerful coalition against Iran.”

 

The letter to Congress with signatures is included below. 

 

August 17, 2015

 

Members of the U.S. House of Representatives

Members of the U.S. Senate

 

As rabbis, we support the agreement between the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, China, Russia and Iran– The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. We encourage the members of the Senate and the House of Representatives to endorse this agreement.

The Obama administration has successfully brought together the major international powers to confront Iran over its nuclear ambitions. The broad international sanctions moved Iran to enter this historic agreement. Should this agreement be rejected by the U.S. Congress, those sanctions will end. There will be no new negotiations, as the other member countries are fully in favor of this agreement and have no desire to re-negotiate.

We understand that while this agreement blocks Iran’s path to a nuclear bomb, we recognize it does not deal with Iran’s support for terror, but that was never the purpose of these talks. Now that a nuclear agreement has been reached, we call on the United States and its international partners to strengthen their resolve and dedicate additional resources to confront Iranian threats to Israel and other states.

Most especially, we are deeply concerned with the impression that the leadership of the American Jewish community is united in opposition to the agreement. We, along with many other Jewish leaders, fully support this historic nuclear accord.

 

Name City State
Lynne Goldsmith Dothan Alabama
Elliot Stevens Montgomery Alabama
Elana Kanter Scottsdale Arizona
John Linder Paradise Valley Arizona
Thomas Louchheim Tucson Arizona
Michael Wasserman Scottsdale Arizona
Ruth Adar Oakland California
Melanie Aron Los Gatos California
Raphael Asher Walnut Creek California
Anne Brener Los Angeles California
Samuel Broude Oakland California
Sharon Brous Los Angeles California
Meredith Cahn Petaluma California
Carol Caine Albany California
Steven Chester Oakland California
Aryeh Cohen Los Angeles California
Hillel Cohn San Bernardino California
Neil Comess-Daniels Santa Monica California
Elliot Dorff Beverly Hills California
David J. Cooper Berkeley California
William Cutter Los Angeles California
Lisa Edwards Los Angeles California
Diane Elliot Richmond California
Anthony Elman Los Angeles California
Gordon Freeman Walnut Creek California
Pamela Frydman Daly City California
Laura Geller Los Angeles California
Miriyam Glazer Los Angeles California
Dan Goldblatt Larkspur California
Jerrold Goldstein Los Angeles California
Sara Goodman Santa Monica California
Donald Goor Los Angeles California
Daniel Gottlieb San Francisco California
Mel Gottlieb Los Angleles California
Roberto Graetz Lafayette California
Nicki Greninger Lafayette California
Moshe Halfon Long Beach California
Lisa Hochberg-Miller Ventura California
Jocee Hudson Los Angeles California
Me’irah Iliinsky San Francisco California
Daniel Isaacson Berkeley California
Steven Jacobs Alameda California
Burt Jacobson El Sobrante California
Josh Jacobs-Velde Sebastopol California
Yoel Kahn Berkeley California
Patricia Karlin-Neumann Palo Alto California
Jim Kaufman Los Angeles California
Stuart Kelman Berkeley California
Lawrence Kushner San Francisco California
Susan Laemmle Los Angeles California
Jason Van Leeuwen Los Angeles California
Michael Lerner Berkeley California
Richard Levy Encinco California
Joshua Levine Grater Pasadena California
Sheldon Lewis Palo Alto California
Michael Mayersohn Garden Grove California
Laurence Milder Pleasanton California
Michelle Missaghieh Los Angeles California
Dev Noily Oakland California
Janet Offel Calabasas California
Philip M Posner Santa Cruz California
Arnold Rachlis Irvine California
Sanford Ragins Los Angeles California
Steven Reuben Pacific Palisades California
John Rosove Los Angeles California
Neal Scheindlin Los Angeles California
Howie Schneider Aptos California
Avi Schulman Fremont California
Judith Seid Dublin California
Chaim Seidler-Feller Los Angeles California
Daniel Shevitz Venice California
Suzanne Singer Riverside California
David Stein Culver City California
Martin Weiner San Francisco California
Dvora Weisberg Los Angeles California
Sarah Weissman Redwood City California
Greg Wolfe Davis California
Deborah Bronstein Boulder Colorado
Brian Field Denver Colorado
Hanoch Fields Denver Colorado
Rachel Goldenberg Deep River Connecticut
David Leipziger Teva Middletown Connecticut
Stacy Offner Guilford Connecticut
Jeremy Schwartz Willimantic Connecticut
Jeffery Silberman Westport Connecticut
Michael L. Kramer Hockessin Delaware
Douglas Krantz Townsend Delaware
Mark Goldman Sarasota Florida
Frederick Greenspahn Boca Raton Florida
Geoff Huntting Sarasota Florida
Sheldon Isenberg Gainesville Florida
Peter Kasdan Longboat Key Florida
Ralph Kingsley Miami Florida
Ronald Kronish Miami Florida
Lewis C. Littman Ft. Lauderdale Florida
Susan Marks Sarasota Florida
Paul Menitoff Palm Beach Florida
Stephen Pinsky Wellington Florida
Howard Shapiro Palm Beach Gardens Florida
Kurt Stone Fort Lauderdale Florida
Mike Trout Boca Raton Florida
Cheryl Weiner Hollywood Florida
Steve Westman W.Palm Beach Florida
Ronald Bluming Grayson Georgia
Philip N. Kranz Atlanta Georgia
Beth Schwartz Columbus Georgia
Alison Abrams Chicago Illinois
Marc Belgrad Buffalo Grove Illinois
Jordan Bendat-Appell Highland Park Illinois
Kenneth Berger Deerfield Illinois
Steven Bob Glen Ellyn Illinois
Herbert Bronstein Evanston Illinois
Paul Cohen Winnetka Illinois
Alan Cook Champaign Illinois
Laurence Edwards Chicago Illinois
Bruce Elder Highland Park Illinois
Hillel Gamoran Evanston Illinois
Gary Gerson River Forest Illinois
Maralee Gordon Woodstock Illinois
Sam Gordon Wilmette Illinois
Suzanne Griffel Chicago Illinois
Peter Knobel Evanston Illinois
Charles Levi Deerfield Illinois
Rebecca Lillian Chicago Illinois
Seth Limmer Chicago Illinois
Andrea London Evanston Illinois
Rachel Mikva Chicago Illinois
Nina Mizrahi Northbrook Illinois
Frederick Reeves Chicago Illinois
Robert Schreibman Lincolnshire Illinois
Michael Weinberg Evanston Illinois
Ellen Weinberg Dreyfus Homewood Illinois
Max Weiss Oak Park Illinois
Shlomo Wing Rockford Illinois
Leo Wolkow Glenwood Illinois
Michael Zedek Chicago Illinois
Gary Mazo Newburgh Indiana
Marla Spanjer Fort Wayne Indiana
Paula Winnig Indianapolis Indiana
Erin Hirsh Pratt Kansas
Daniel Kirzane Overland Park Kansas
Mark Levin Prairie Village Kansas
Arthur Nemitoff Leawood Kansas
Moti Rieber Overland Park Kansas
Michael Rosenberg Lawrence Kansas
Alexandria Shuval Weiner Leawood Kansas
Edward Paul Cohn Metairie Louisiana
Leila Gal Berner Rockville Maryland
Binyamin Biber Silver Spring Maryland
Reeve Brenner Rockville Maryland
Nina Beth Cardin Pikesville Maryland
George Driesen Bethesda Maryland
Samuel Fishman Bethesda Maryland
John Franken Baltimore Maryland
Donald Gluckman Pikesville Maryland
Emanuel S. Goldsmith Rockville Maryland
Susan Grossman Columbia Maryland
Floyd Herman Pikesville Maryland
Jerry Seidler Baltimore Maryland
Ariel Walsh Baltimore Maryland
Thomas Alpert Franklin Massachusetts
Donald Berlin St. Michaels Maryland
Herman Blumberg Waban Massachusetts
Caryn Broitman Vineyard Haven Massachusetts
Sharon Clevenger Newton Centre Massachusetts
Edward Feld Northampton Massachusetts
Jeff Foust Newton Centre Massachusetts
David Freelund Centerville Massachusetts
Serena Fujita Jamaica Plain Massachusetts
Myron S. Geller Gloucester Massachusetts
Everett Gendler Great Barrington Massachusetts
Robert Goldstein Andover Massachusetts
Jane Kanarek Newton Centre Massachusetts
Ira Korinow Haverhill Massachusetts
Jonathan Kraus Belmont Massachusetts
Rifat Sonsino Ashland Massachusetts
Elias Lieberman East Falmouth Massachusetts
Janet Liss Becket Massachusetts
Barbara Penzner West Roxbury Massachusetts
Victor Reinstein Jamaica Plain Massachusetts
Mark Shapiro Springfield Massachusetts
Robin Sparr Natick Massachusetts
Elyse Wechterman Attleboro Massachusetts
Henry Zoob Westwood Massachusetts
Jeffrey Falick Royal Oak Michigan
Joseph Klein Rochester Michigan
Michael Zimmerman Williamston Michigan
Joseph A Edelheit St. Cloud Minnesota
Amy Eilberg Mendota Heights Minnesota
Michael Adam Latz Minneapolis Minnesota
James Bennett Saint Louis Missouri
Alan Londy Kansas City Missouri
Allen Secher Whitefish Montana
Ed Stafman Bozeman Montana
Aryeh Azriel Omaha Nebraska
Josh Brown Omaha Nebraska
Craig Rosenstein Las Vegas Nevada
Myra Soifer Reno Nevada
Phyllis Bernstein Westfield New Jersey
Renee Edelman South Orange New Jersey
Kenneth Emert Franklin Lakes New Jersey
Elyse Frishman Franklin Lakes New Jersey
Ruth Gais Summit New Jersey
Kim Geringer Short Hills New Jersey
Charles A. Kroloff Westfield New Jersey
Dennis Math Jersey City New Jersey
Brooks Susman Freehold New Jersey
Jonathan Woll Glen Rock New Jersey
Malka Drucker Santa Fe New Mexico
Arthur Flicker Albuquerque New Mexico
Joel Alter New York New York
Renni Altman Great Neck New York
Guy Austrian New York New York
David Bauer New York New York
Daniel Bar-Nahum Mineola New York
Eliav Bock Vestal New York
Gill Brociner New York New York
Ayelet Cohen New York New York
Jerome Davidson New York New York
William Dreskin Ardsley New York
Andy Dubin New York New York
Rachel Esserman Endicott New York
Brian Fink New York New York
Adam Fisher Stony Brook New York
Leora Frankel Rye New York
Stephen Garfinkel New York New York
Jonah Geffen New York New York
Irwin Goldenberg Forest Hills New York
A. Bruce Goldman New York New York
Stephen Goodman Garden City New York
Shoshana Hantman Katonah New York
Mark Hurvitz New York New York
Jill Jacobs New York New York
Cassi Kail Utica New York
Jeremy Kalmanofsky New York New York
Sharon Kleinbaum New York New York
Jacqueline Koch Ellenson New York New York
Jim Lebeau New York New York
Ellen Lippmann Brooklyn New York
Garry Loeb Monroe New York
Jonathan Malamy White Plains New York
Jeffrey Marker Brooklyn New York
David Nelson Tivoli New York
Daniel Polish Poughkeepsie New York
Jonah Rank New York New York
Stephen Roberts Kerhonkson New York
Elliott Rosen Scarsdale New York
David Rosenn New York New York
Shmuel Sandberg New York New York
Leonard Schoolman New York New York
Joel Shaiman New York New York
Charles Simon Chatham New York
Jonathan Slater Hastings-on-Hudson New York
Joshua Strom New York New York
Harvey Tattelbaum New York New York
Daniel Victor Poughkeepsie New York
Burton Visotzky New York New York
Gerald I. Weider Brooklyn New York
Simkha Y. Weintraub New York New York
Lina Zerbarini Lynbrook New York
Philip Bentley Hendersonville North Carolina
Susan Cowchock Bahama North Carolina
Ariel Edery Raleigh North Carolina
John Friedman Durham North Carolina
Floyd Herman Pikesville Maryland
Eric Solomon Raleigh North Carolina
Howard Apothaker New Albany Ohio
Joan Friedman Akron Ohio
Abie Ingber Loveland Ohio
Margaret Meyer Cincinnati Ohio
Saul Oresky Youngstown Ohio
Jonathan Perlman Cincinnati Ohio
Vered Harris Edmond Oklahoma
Maurice Harris Eugene Oregon
Johanna Hershenson Bend Oregon
Yitzhak Husbands-Hankin Eugene Oregon
Ariel Stone Portland Oregon
Daniel Isaak Portland Oregon
Joseph Wolf Portland Oregon
Rebecca Alpert Philadelphia Pennsylvania
Tsurah August Elkins Park Pennsylvania
Marjorie Berman Clarks Summit Pennsylvania
Malkah Binah Klein Philadelphia Pennsylvania
Meryl Crean Lansdale Pennsylvania
Isabel De Koninck Philadelphia Pennsylvania
Art Donsky Pittsburgh Pennsylvania
SueLevi Elwell Philadelphia Pennsylvania
Dayle Friedman Philadelphia Pennsylvania
Paula Goldberg Newtown Pennsylvania
Susan Kanoff Wynnewood Pennsylvania
Jonathan Kendall Elkins Park Pennsylvania
Alan LaPayover Philadelphia Pennsylvania
David Levin Carroll Park Pennsylvania
Mordechai Liebling Philadelphia Pennsylvania
Aaron Mackler Pittsburgh Pennsylvania
Nina Mandel Sunbury Pennsylvania
Nathan Martin Philadelphia Pennsylvania
Michael Michlin Hazleton Pennsylvania
Amber Powers Abington Pennsylvania
Michael Ramberg Elkins Park Pennsylvania
Seymour Rosenbloom Elkins Park Pennsylvania
Mayer Selekman Bala Cynwyd Pennsylvania
Jacob Singer-Beilin Abington Pennsylvania
Reena Spicehandler Philadelphia Pennsylvania
Elliot Strom Morrisville Pennsylvania
Lance Sussman Elkins Park Pennsylvania
Robert Tabak Elkins Park Pennsylvania
David Teutsch Philadelphia Pennsylvania
Arthur Waskow Philadelphia Pennsylvania
Deborah Waxman Wyncote Pennsylvania
Sheila Weinberg Philadelphia Pennsylvania
Shawn Zevit Philadelphia Pennsylvania
Jonathan Brumberg-Kraus Providence Rhode Island
Alan Flam Barrington Rhode Island
James Rosenberg Providence Rhode Island
Julie Kozlow Greenville South Carolina
Arthur Segal Hilton Head Island South Carolina
Heidi Coretz Dallas Texas
Sue Levy Houston Texas
Andrew Paley Dallas Texas
Samuel M. Stahl San Antonio Texas
Joshua Taub Beaumont Texas
Howard Cohen Bennington Vermont
Dov Taylor Woodstock Vermont
Rosalind Gold Reston Virginia
Michael Knopf Richmond Virginia
Lynne Landsberg Staunton Virginia
Ben Romer Midlothian Virginia
Jeffrey Saxe Falls Church Virginia
Daniel Bridge Seattle Washington
Ted Falcon Seattle Washington
David Fine Bellevue Washington
Jay Heyman Seattle Washington
Jonathan Biatch Madison Wisconsin
David Brusin Milwaukee Wisconsin
Charles Feinberg Washington District of Columbia
Krayna Feinberg Washington District of Columbia
Derek Rosenbaum Washington District of Columbia
Gerald Serotta Washington District of Columbia
Daniel Zemel Washington District of Columbia

 

 

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542 Responses to 340 Rabbis Urge Congress to Support Nuclear Deal with Iran

  1. Paul jacobs says:

    The naivete of intelligent people is simply astounding. They have ears but do not hear,…eyes but do not see. This letter is reminiscent of the reaction of those who saw the emperor and insisted he was wearing clothes. The international sanctions regime has already collapsed; the nuclear arms race has already begun due to this paper; Israel’s “isolation from international partners” won’t make a difference when it is destroyed and 7,000,000 more Jews murdered. How will you explain this letter to your grandchildren? How will you look them in the eye?

    • Stephen Israel says:

      How would I explain this letter? I’d tell them that there were 340 Rabbis – learned Jews – who urged Congress to do the right thing and approve the Iran deal. Then I would tell them how lucky Americans, Jews, and Israel are to have had a person as capable and as wise as Mr. Obama serving as President of the United States; that once again America saved Israel – though this time from itself rather than from would-be invaders.

      • DG says:

        Sir, your naivety borders with stupidity. Stupidity would at least give a reason for your remarks, naivety on the other hand just makes you an idiot.

      • Bill Pearlman says:

        What exactly do you like about this hudna

      • Abe Bird says:

        Nice joke, Mr. Stephen “Israel”. Tell it to descendants of EUR Jews in America that said the same words in 30’s and 40’s while Nazis persecuted Jews all around Europe.

        Obama had failed in most of his international moves as we see all around the world – Russia, Ukraine, China…. and his biggest failure is to understand and influence his Muslim brothers in the Middle East. He played towards US enemies and rejected friends. US stand on Middle East issues is weaker today. Iranians mock Obama and his staff.

        Thank God that now we have the state of Israel that is free to decide what are the true interests of Jews, although there are some loudly and lousy Jews that always will protect the enemy, once they were the Nazis and today Islamic fascists.

      • Pat says:

        It is not “naivety”. It is pure and simple treason. Be you curse for ever.

      • Barbara says:

        During WWII you would be call a Kappo. Today you are called a dangerous self-hating Jew.

  2. Abbushuki says:

    1. With possibly one exception all signatories would not be recognized as ‘rabbis’ in Israel as they did not take the required examinations in Jewish law with a commitment to observe it completely.
    2. These ‘rabbis’ represent the last generation of employed liberal religious leaders inasmuch as their congregants are marry non-Jews at the rate of 70%+ and they are averaging less than one baby per Jewish mother. On top of that their children excepting a tiny percentage who go to Jewish day schools, have a very skimpy Jewish education outside of a prep for their bar/bat mitzvah ceremony, if that. As a result there will not be another generation of people willing to pay the high dues to belong to a temple they do not attend.
    3. These signatories oppose the opinions of 80% of Israelis of all stripes.
    4. It seems to matter not to them that Iran would have $250 Billion to arm every possible neighboring Jihadist with smart weapons, tunnel drilling equipment, anti-aircraft missiles, etc. to be ready to try a redo of the Yom Kippur War.
    5. They don’t care that there may be a nuclear arms race among Israel’s neighbors.
    6. They do want to show that they are willing to follow the first African American President to demonstrate how much they are not racist, no matter what the consequence to Israel, which is a lower priority than being model leftist members of the Democratic Party.

    • Gail says:

      Who are you to determine who is a Jew? Remember how Hitler made his determination. The signatures are Rabbis whether you personally agree or not. They have made a cogent, intelligent and realist response to a very important issues that will affect not only us, but our children. If you take the time and effort to research what the scientist who have studied this deal have said you would find that it is good; if you take a realist look at world politics you would understand that the international sanctions will not survive and that most of the frozen assets are not in the the US, but in China and Russia who are already trading with Iran using credit.

      • Abe Bird says:

        He didn’t speak on the question who is a Jew, but who is a Rabbi !
        So cool down.

        All your other explanations can exactly be said by those who oppose the Iranian deal, which means, You failed to prove a single and logical claim to justify this arrangement.

    • JDE says:

      Oh, please. You people have been predicting the demise of liberal Judaism for two hundred years. We’re all still here.

      Meanwhile, your world has reached a watershed. The Orthodox world is now overwhelmingly Haredi, and the Haredi subculture is collapsing, succumbing to pressure from without and deteriorating from within. It can no longer support its irresponsibly growing numbers, and it refuses to educate its children in a manner that would allow them to function outside of its cloistered, xenophobic society. Moreover, the internet is now giving young Haredim access to a world outside of the kollel and yeshiva. The number who choose to leave is a trickle now, but it’s growing.

      The Haredim have a generation left at most, and when their world collapses, they’ll be taking down all of Orthodoxy with them. We’ll see who’s left standing at the end.

    • Abe Bird says:

      The Rabbis are confusing between permanent commandment to pursue peace and the imperative to strike the enemy that coming upon you to kill you. Iran has proven time and again its desire to dominate the Middle East by force and made no secret of its desire to annihilate “the Zionist regime” (an expression which expressing their deep hate towards Israel). As long as new details are revealed there are more facts showing that “the understanding” (As Iranians call the papers rather than agreement) are not combining the Iranians to totally halt their nuclear project. It turns out that the agreement does not provide reasonable assurance that the UN inspectors can stop the Iranian race for nuclear bomb.

      Thank God that any Israeli government is free to decide as it fits the Israeli interests and to protect Israel from further grave threat by un-liable totalitarian regime.

    • Marvin Levant says:

      Arthur Waskow ….P.A. “Rabbi” received his “smicha” from Zalman Shacter a Hillel ‘Rabbi’ Winnipeg Manitoba. ‘About 55 years ago Shacter was turfed from Winnipeg after attempted seductions of students and the abandoning his wife and 4 children to shack up ,with two women at once and then ‘ordained one of them.

  3. Paul Simko says:

    I can’t believe that 340 Rabbis can be so naïve – and I try to explain myself as civilized as possible.
    If it is true that 340 Rabbis really support Obama’s Iran deal it proofs that we Jews don’t have the monopoly of intelligence.

    • Sarah says:

      Indeed, Jews don’t have an intelligence monopoly. There is an intelligent man who serves as POTUS and there are:
      many unintelligent Jews who oppose the Iran deal,
      many unintelligent Jews who support the Iran deal,
      many intelligent Jews who oppose the Iran deal, and
      many intelligent Jews who support the Iran deal

      Isn’t a bit presumptuous of you to think that those who arrive at different conclusions are unintelligent? It is entirely possible given one set of facts to have more than one intelligent interpretation of those facts.

    • Robin says:

      They are not real Rabbies.

  4. Marc D. Silverstein says:

    As an American I respect the right of my Rabbi and the cosigning rabbis to express their support for the Iran Nuclear Agreement.

    As an American Reform Jew, I respect our Rabbi for his learning and sincere beliefs, even though I disagree.

    I want to make it clear that my Rabbi does not represent my views and does not speak for me (or even officially for our congregation on this topic).

    The Iran Nuclear Agreement is a bad deal and I am opposed to the Iran Nuclear Agreement because (1) it does not dismantle Iran’s nuclear program, (2) does not provide effective surveillance and access to all potential nuclear weapon and uranium enrichment sites, (3) because it provides Iran with upfront sanctions relief and access to billions of dollars that may be spent to further the activities of Hezbollah, Hamas, Iran’s proxies in Syria (IRGC, Hezbollah) and Iraq (Shia militias), the Houthi insurgency in Yemen and anti-US and anti-Israel terrorism through the world, (4) it does not guarantee that Iran will declare all of the possible military dimension of Iran’s previous nuclear weapon-related work in violation of previous UN resolutions, and (5) the short duration (access to banned weapons in 5 years, ICBM technology in 8.5 years, and most importantly it allows Iran to be a sub-threshold nuclear state with a full enrichment program after 15 years.

  5. Rabbi Maurice Harris says:

    I’m saddened, though not surprised, by the vilifying tone and lack of civility in some of the hostile comments I see here. As one of the rabbis who strongly supports the nuclear deal and signed, I would hope that people in the Jewish community who care about Israel deeply and see its security situation differently from one another could maintain respectful and civil discourse.

    It’s also disappointing to see some of the comments come from a place of disrespecting and denying the validity of the liberal movements of Judaism. This is, in my view, a grave disservice to Judaism, to truth, and to the kind of pluralistic Jewish future that I hope will be embraced in Israel.

    For what it’s worth, I believe strongly that those who hope to kill this deal – if they were to succeed – would be increasing the chances of Iran obtaining nuclear weapons. It’s okay to disagree with those of us who see the situation that way, but not okay to claim that we’re taking our stance because we don’t care about Iran getting nukes. Precisely the opposite. Those who want to kill this deal have not proposed a credible, realistic alternative that isn’t grounded in fantasy (we’ll get a better deal) or the foregone conclusion that we must go to war with Iran (and if that’s someone’s belief, then the onus is on that person to really show how they know that the outcome of that will work out just great for everyone, including Israel, and not turn out to be another Iraq debacle except perhaps on an even grander scale.)

    Offered with respect and with the hope for civil discourse going forward.

    • Toni says:

      Sir, you have used your religious position to imply the you have moral high ground when signing and publicizing your petition. You could have voiced your support as Joe American, but you have chosen to use the mantle not only of a Jew, but a Jew who holds high moral ground and a position of leadership.
      Therefore it is only right that we take you and others like you to task.
      Why did you go against the majority of Jews to support the official government position? Why did you and your friends have so little respect us, the ‘little Jews, that he think it is all right to ignore us, usurping moral authority, when it is our and our families’ lives and safety at stake.

      Your arrogance and egotism is breathtaking. Your conformity and attachment to your prepackaged ‘liberal’ ideas is so deeply entrenched that you do not even consider the possibility of being wrong.
      Well, you are wrong. You are wrong to support an agreement that is dangerous to the interest of the Jewish community, here and in Israel; you are wrong that you openly side with this Administration, which has shown its contempt for Jews and the Jewish State, as a part of its policy. You and your friends have
      demonstrated that they are Jews in the U.S. for whom the lives of 6 millions Israeli Jews do not matter, just like the lives of the members of my family in Poland during WW2 didn’t matter to so many American Jews so enamored with Roosevelt.
      This is not an academic dispute. You don’t deserve special considerations. You have given us none.

      • Daniel says:

        Well Rabbi Harris, so much for being mensch and offering civil discourse. Its striking to me that as reported in the NY Times, 29 leading scientists, including some of the most expert nuclear control experts alive, and who are on record as stating its the most restrictive nuclear control agreement ever negotiated, believe we are better off with this deal than with the status quo. Senior members of Israeli intelligence say the same thing. Without a deal, Iran goes nuke unless there is a successful military attack. With the deal, it cannot go nuke for decades — and there would be notice of its actions if it tried, unlike now. It is therefore possible indeed to come to a reasoned and different conclusion than opponents of this deal about which is the safer course for Israel or the U.S.

  6. M says:

    I know and respect a number of rabbis on this list. And I know and respect other rabbis who’d rather be found dead than have their name on this list. What I don’t respect is the manner of the debate.

    Where is our civility?

    In this week’s parsha, we learn about the Shoftim and Shotrim – the ones who are the guardians of a civil society. We are taught that, the system itself is so important that, even if we disagree with the judgment of the Sanhedrin, we are forced to follow their law. Why? Because, if we lose trust in our own sense of order, then we will have no order to trust.

    Everyone in this debate believes they are right. Historians will likely argue that everyone was right, depending on the historians point of view.

    But, while we’re waiting for history to “decide,” we have to live with each other.

    Shalom.

  7. I’ve castigated Rabbi’s for years for getting involved in Political matters. Their function is a religious one and not a political one and of course they must never get involved with a political party. In the case of the Iran nuclear agreement politics and religion can get muddled. The problem here is that the Rabbi’s whether because of their political bent, their Naivete or their plain lack of political acumen disastrous stand will cause untold damage to not only the Jewish people but the world. They didn’t properly analyze this. Please ask them this: What will you say to any remnants of a nuclear vaporization.

  8. Dr. Ilani says:

    SIDE DEALS:
    I wonder how many of you Rabbis and those of you who are reading their comments are aware about the two side deals made to make this agreement with Iran stick. The following is the link to the July 29, 2015 hearing ran by Senator Tom Cotton. It is a Q & A during the Senate Armed Services Committee. Click on the link below:
    https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#inbox/14f2e91765840074?projector=1
    The administration does admit by now that there are side deals, but no one, as far as I know, is willing to disclose the details.
    “The devil or love is in the details” I hope you did read, listen and consider them before signing the letter. Given that even Secretary Moniz and S. Kerry claim they don’t know the details, I highly doubt it.

  9. Shelton Ehrlich says:

    In responding I should tell you two things. One, more than 50 years ago I was employed by the company that built research reactors, under Eisenhower’s Atoms for Peace program, in both Iran and Pakistan. A better illustration of the folly of good intentions would be difficult to find. Two, a signatory to the letter we are debating here was my rabbi for a number of years. His sermonizing against the U.S. nuclear arsenal at the height of the cold war drove me out of my (his) synagogue until he retired.

    The letter, signed by fewer than 5% of American rabbis, is a gross failure on the part of the letter’s organizers—so few to claim so much.

    My rebuttal to this letter is very simple. Al Sharpton made the same points on the same day and he got a lot more attention. I will be sending this response to my congresswoman.

  10. Z. Kaplan says:

    Instead of repeating J Street’s talking points, I wish the 340 rabbis would have asked the very traditional Jewish question “Why?”. Why did Iran enter into the negotiations? If, according to our Secretary of State Mr. Kerry, the mullahs were only two months away from assembling a nuclear bomb, what prompted them to talk to the P5+1 countries? Why, after spending billions and billions of dollars and hiding their activities under mountains, they decided to negotiate with the infidel West? Could it be that the Western and Israeli intelligence were wrong (as happened in Iraq) and Iran has been bluffing? May be they have needed the $100B+ influx of resources to continue their race to the Bomb? And may be there is a sound logic behind rejecting the Iran deal and ratchet up the sanctions? Discussing these questions could be of great service to both the Jewish community and American community at large.

  11. Annette Glekel-Cavanagh says:

    I am a past president of a Reform congregation. It is totally untrue to state that the vaste majority of these Rabbis are not Real Rabbis. During my tenure I was privileged to work with several Rabinic students and their mentors and these students have gone on to lead congregations. Their training was real and they have gone on to lead many social justice initiatives in their congregations. Several of these Rabbis are definitely Torah Scholars . I know because I studied Torah with them and I have three years of Orthodox Rabinical training in my qualifications as preparation for becoming a certified Hebrew and Jewish Studies teacher, so do not come to this topic from a position of niavite.
    The tone of these comments is by far the most inflammatory one I have heard in many years. Everyone is entitled to strong opinions but people can’t just MAKE UP FACTS,

  12. SORRY if I am not politically correct and if you hate the word oven ready. I hate the word also but it says it all.Dear face book friends and any others reading my material:

    I am literally sleeping four hours a night trying to spread the work through the media regarding events in Iran, America and Israel. I cannot afford ads because I don’t have the financial backing Boteach and others have. My communication is dependent upon word of mouth. Numerous calls have come in from radio, newspapers and tv stations for interviews and I will send them out. Please help by notifying your local media outlets.

    As someone born in a displaced person camp after World War II, I am considered a refugee. My parents survived several concentration camps and could only find one surviving cousin between them after the war. There is no doubt in my mind that if Iran gets the nuclear bomb they will use it against Israel. We are living in pre 1933 Germany where Jewish politicians like Senator Schumer are being labelled traitors. Most of my Rabbinical colleagues remain silent or sign a petition supporting the agreement. Never Again!

    Rabbi Dr. Bernhard Rosenberg

  13. Shlomo Rifkind says:

    I am horrified by the popularity contest this bad deal has foisted upon many Jews: The deal is bad on its merrits and must be make better or we ALL loose! Do people still use their minds?!
    The following is an answer to a letter from a jewish cousin who sent me an article from the NYT that did not ‘disappoint’ in its total support for this terrible deal.

    Hi Peter;

    Nice to hear from you ….

    I carefully read with real interest Tom Friedman’s NYT Op Ed that you sent me: “If I were an Israeli…” especially since I know you find his opinions important due to your feeling that he is a supporter of Israel. Now, I am aware that it is considered a very cleaver strategy to destroy an argument by attacking the person and avoid dealing with the argument itself. But, I think it is very important at the outset to realize that Friedman, who is a brilliant writer, is not trying to convince Israelis but rather to convince Democrats to allow the deal to sneak by unopposed. Peter, I absolutely disagree that Friedman is a supporter of Israel. It makes no difference that he was born a Jew with a Jewish sounding name. His entire motivation is in supporting his Rock Star of a President using every single trick he can possibly drum up. He is essentially nothing more than one of Obama’s trusty ‘Yes Men’ promoted to the level of ‘Court Jew’. He is no more Pro-Israel than the malicious J-Street who have both learned you can easily cause more harm to Israel and the Jews by claiming to be PRO than without. If it looks, walks, and quacks like a duck – it IS a duck no matter how much it CLAIMS to be a ‘Pro-Israel Swan’. In his heart of hearts I have no access – but in practice, Friedman is Anti-Israel. Even before examining Friedman’s logic – I readily admit that if he had been against this horrid agreement with Iran – I would have initially considered being FOR it just on the merit of his rejection.
    Because of Friedman’s gravitas – I would not be at all surprised if much more qualified writers deal with and debunk his intellectual mush. But I will mention a few points. Even those very few Israeli Generals (who have received financial and other benefit for not openly rejecting the deal) – not a single General or Military or Security Expert think it is a great deal or even a good deal or as Nancy Pelosi gushed ‘a diplomatic masterpiece’. The only question is if this bad deal is good enough to qualify it not being labeled as totally horrendous.
    The deal asks us to choose between two distinct possibilities. Either Iran has spent a huge fortune and nearly gone to war to slightly lower its already low electricity rates by acquiring nuclear energy OR it wants a nuclear bomb. The deal assumes that Iran wants lower electricity rates. Iran’s constitution tells us that it really wants: Jihad. And unlike Obama, Iran’s leaders can be trusted to live up to their Constitution. The deal is based upon a lie which is obvious for everyone to see. Even worse is the problem that Iran is a theocracy that really really believes that Israel and the US are actually evil and that it is their divine mission to destroy both. The Communist Bomb could and was deterred just as North Korea can be deterred. Iran cannot. Destruction in the name of Allah’s fight to force submission upon the evil infidels is a worthy goal to die for and therefore a goal which they can absolutely welcome and will lead to rich rewards in the after life – even if the total destruction of every single Iranian is the result.
    So the absolutely best case scenario is that this deal will directly lead to a Nuclear Iran (albeit ever so slightly delayed) and thus inevitably to War. This Chickensh*t deal just kicks the can down the road a few years when its ever so ‘cleaver’ authors will not be around to accept the consequences of their folly.
    Friedman also hints to one of the other reasons why this deal is so disastrous for Israel. It grants Iranian hegemonic world wide recognition and thus when Iran and Obama try to force Israel into a suicidal retreat from Judea and Samaria, perhaps using the hypocritical and anti Semitic UN, Israel will be under further intolerable pressure and international isolation. This is what Friedman expects and actually desires. He actually believes that forcing Israel into giving up land to the fake Palestinians will lead to a more tolerant Iran and accepting world. This is ludicrous and hallucinatory illogical foolishness. The damage caused by this deal even if voted down by any serious and patriotic American will be hard, but not impossible, to repair. BUT the alternative will be disastrous for the US as well as Israel.

    I am absolutely certain that in 1938, Neville Chamberlain gave many plausible explanations for his seductive sounding deal of appeasement with Adolph Hitler. Winston Churchill immediately understood the fallacy of this deceptive rationale and screamed his warning for all to hear.
    Today it is vital that we understand why the myopic world failed so miserably to comprehend how Chamberlain’s reasoning was so fatally flawed. Only 55+ million deaths later, did everyone finally understand.
    I am hoping that the democrats in the US Congress will put aside narrow partisan considerations and put the good of United States (and Israel) first by voting down this monstrosity of a bad deal.
    This, and only this, will force the creation of a better deal which still has a real chance to avoid the use of military force against Iran.
    I hope you, Peter, will help by forcefully making your family and friend and thus your Representatives in Congress aware of these issues and importance of voting down this monstrous deal.

    Here is Caroline Glick’s Lecture on the actual merits of the Iranian deal.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-jR1opDZrds

    Hope to hear good news from you on this!

    Love Shlomo

    • ms koh says:

      Because they’re weak willed lilly livered liberals who cannot stand up f or their rights.
      Let’s send mid East our bill now for compensation required after theynuke each other

  14. Lenny Wolman says:

    I bet all these “so called ” rabbis voted blindly twice for Obama so they are trying to justify their dumb decisions. Should have put that in the letter to identify their long standing blind political views.

  15. David Goldberg says:

    I checked Snopes.com but apparently this petition is TRUE. I feel bad for the signators, but they still have a chance to remove themselves from the petition. I respectfully suggest they reconsider and pull out.

  16. George Baum says:

    Nearly all of the comments opposing the deal, are emotional arguments. The “deal” is framed to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon, nothing more. Would the opposition kindly read the agreement and focus on it’s provisions.

    • Sam Ebel says:

      George Baum,
      ”The deal is framed to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon, nothing more.”
      Please follow your own recommendation ”kindly read the agreement and focus on ITS provisions”.

      Senator Schumer published a thorough analysis.
      Maybe that or some other analysis maybe helpful.
      Good luck.

  17. Anne Storm says:

    “Emotional arguments”. I am so sick of supercilious “rational” commentators who are stubbornly naive and question the wisdom of the likes of Benjamin Netanyahu and Eli Wiesel.
    We are facing an existential crisis for Israel, and Jews the world over. France cannot protect her Jews. Anti-semitism is rearing it’s ugly head the world over, even on our University campuses here in the good old USA.
    President Obama and John Kerry have done more to endanger and isolate Israel than any previous administration.

    What about this is not alarming?

  18. Greg says:

    Thank you for taking this courageous and important step to support this historic agreement. It is the only serious and achievable proposal to forestall a fully nuclear Iran, and it will greatly limit Iran’s capabilities. All of those who oppose the deal have nothing to propose in its place. We need to grab this opportunity while we can, and use the time that it gives us to promote a more peaceful Middle East, for the sake of Israel and all humanity.

  19. judy perlman says:

    What courage it took for these rabbis to stand for what they believe to be true — that Iran will be stopped in its headlong rush to build nuclear bombs and will be part of necessary negotiations instead. What alternative is proposed by those who oppose this agreement?

  20. Stewart Frank says:

    In deciding to support the deal the rabbis conclude: “it’s not an ideal deal, but it’s the only one on the table and it is better than no deal.” However, without knowing the answer to one simple question, that statement is not responsive to the stated purpose of the deal: preventing Iran from obtaining (not just making) a nuclear bomb.

    What about the distinct possibility that with just some of its newly acquired, sanctioned-released, $150 billion, Iran buys a bomb or two from North Korea? And while negotiating the bomb’s purchase, it does a rope-a-dope with IAEA inspectors causing them to become so tied up with enforcement issues, that the Korean bomb transactions escapes notice, altogether.

    Unless the rabbis can affirmatively state that adequate safe guards are in place to prevent the above
    scenario from occurring, their conclusion that acceptance of the agreement is the best available alternative is inaccurate. The best alternative is for congress to reject the deal, thereby preventing Iran from getting its hands on the money.

  21. David says:

    While the rabbis who signed this letter have a right to express their opinion, the inference is clearly a claim they speak for a majority of the Jewish community. They don’t. Polls reveal that the more all Americans know about the plan, the less they support it, 2 to 1 against. The proposed nuclear deal with Iran is a disaster in the making. It does not prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear arsenal, merely puts the program on hold. It unleashes both a conventional and a nuclear arms race in the Middle East, releases $100-150 billion to support world wide terrorist proxies and removes terrorist supporting companies and individuals from all sanctions. Sanctions and a military option brought the Iranians to the negotiations. More sanctions and concern about the military options would keep them at the table. Removing sanctions will unleash all restraints on Iran, a country where shouts of “Death to the United States” and genocidal threats against Israel are key components of their world view.

    See “The Non-Nuclear Ramifications of the Iran Deal” http://www.jinsa.org/gemunder-center-distinguished-fellow-maj-gen-amidror-non-nuclear-ramifications-iran-deal

  22. Norman G. Licht says:

    Dear Rabbi Maurice Harris, you said opponents of the deal have not proposed an alternative, also stated by the Obama Administration. The sanctions were having a strong effect on the Iran economy, which is why they negotiated. The alternatives include increased sanctions, continuing negotiations with results unknown, preparedness for military action as a last resort. There has been much evidence in history, including the Munich agreement with Hitler, that peace is more likely when negotiating with strength, and war is more likely when negotiating with appeasement. Nobody trusts Iran, who is expected to cheat as it has done before. The inspection provisions are faulty. The Rabbis for the agreement, and the Obama administration, have a position that is based on hope that it will work, knowing it may fail. The opponents of the agreement know that failure would be a dangeerous risk to the security of the US and the survival of Israel.

  23. Shlomo says:

    In my (possibly twisted 😉 mind this deserves the comment:
    “Here again, Rabbi Yosef, and some say Rabbi Akiva, comment that sometimes ‘G-d makes the wise foolish;’ for Ben Zakkai should have requested the preservation of Jerusalem and the Holy Temple, and that the Jewish People should be given a “second chance” to prove their loyalty to Rome.”
    https://www.ou.org/holidays/the-three-weeks/the_fateful_meeting/

    Why it is always the Rabbis? Is it preservation of local community through loyalty to the ruler?

    Or as Ruth Wisse explains that this is a Jewish political weakness due to lack of understanding the relationship to Power? Very sad…

  24. RAMYN says:

    I find it both ironic and appropriate that a group of Rabbi’s calling themselves Ameinu, announced that they signed a document showing support for the Iran nuclear deal during the week where we read the Torah portion “Shoftim” or Judges. In my discourse on this parsha I ask our members of our Jewish establishment: “For whom do you labor O’ Jacob?” a question I must ask of these so-called Jewish leaders who do not see or understand that a nuclear Iran is a clear and present threat to the welfare of our people, our nation and our survival.

    Torah teaches us that in a time of potential military conflict we should exercise diplomacy before laying siege to our enemy. Unfortunately, in the case of Iran we are dealing with an adversary whose hatred for Israel and its people is so vehement that they do not recognize Israel as a nation, so diplomacy is not an option. To take this one step further we are all aware that Iran has repeatedly called for the destruction of Israel and the Jewish people and supplied the terror organizations who repeatedly attack Israel with Iranian made rockets.

    Respective the Iranian hatred of Jews and Israel, we must understand that it is fueled by an ideology of hate that is pervasive within their religion, education and normative value system that there is little hope of ever seeing any change. If we look at Germany in the 1930’s, Hitler was very clear about his ideological hatred of the Jewish people and he showed us that he was willing to act upon it when the time was right. Looking back, do you believe that we could have saved the six million souls who perished in the Shoah through acts of diplomacy with Germany?

    As a Jew, I understand that all things that occur have purpose and that history has embedded prophecy and information that we need to plan our our future. This is the essence of how the revelation of Torah is revealed and G-d’s providence is revealed. A mere seventy years ago we suffered catastrophic losses at the hands of a maniac who adhered to am ideology of Jew-Hatred. Can we sit idly by and allow Iran acquire weapons that can be used to bring about another Holocaust.

    Regardless of any theories that the government has disseminated regarding inspections and managing the Iranian nuclear program, we have clearly seen the instability of governments in the Middle East. Have we forgotten that a mere thirty five years ago Iran was one of our closest allies prior to the revolution that placed a fundamentalist Shiite government in place, who has openly referred to the United States and Israel as the great Satans? Upon losing the Iranians as an ally, the United States began supporting the Iraqi’s led by Saddam Hussein, whose Iraq we attacked twice, eventually deposing his government, leaving a partial power vacuum that has allowed for Isis to build their stronghold in Northern Iraq and Eastern Syria. During the Soviet Union’s occupation of Afghanistan, the United States supported non other than the Taliban to stop the Soviets. Given the history of the region, no rational human being can tell me that there is no chance that Iran will not develop a nuclear bomb or that nuclear material won’t accidentally end up in the hands of one of the terrorist groups that they support.

    So, I have to go full circle and ask of these Rabbis; “For whom do you labor O’ Jacob?” The sad truth is, as my own Rabbi often stated, “there is no such things as allies only interests”. If you go through the list of signers of this document, you will discover that the majority are “Reform and Reconstructionist” Rabbi’s whose liberal ideals have driven them away from authentic Torah. Their teachings and inclinations no longer reflect Torah, but instead a secular humanism with a Jewish twist. Their brand of “inclusive” Jewry may placate certain populations but fails miserably in creating a strong, unified nation of Jews who serve the creator in the manor which he intended us to serve him.

    G-d stated repeatedly in the Torah, that we must serve him only in the manor that he has mandated. Recall the story of Aaron’s sons who entered the holy of hollies and performed rituals that they thought would please G-d, only to be struck down for not following G-d’s will. Does leading a people away from Torah serve G-d’s purpose or the purpose of the Jewish People or does it degrade and devalue us as a people who will not stand up for our G-d and our interests? I truly do believe that ONLY JEWS can promote Jewish interests; we can not rely on the other nations, who have historically only shown their will to usurp our covenant with G-d through removing us from the earth.

    I know that many of you who read my blog attend Reform or Reconstructionist synagogues. It is not my intention to offend you, nor would that ever be my purpose. My only wish is that, with the help of G-d, that I inspire my fellow Jews to grow in their understanding of Judaism and draw our people closer to the light of Schechinah. G-d gave us his laws in the Torah and told us to add nothing to them and take nothing away from them. He also instructed us to appoint “Shoftim” (judges) to make certain that the laws are being followed in accordance with his will. I do understand how difficult it is to do all 613 mitzvot and I am no better than you in that I do not fulfill all of the mitzvot, nor will I ever. Yet, I will never argue that Torah can be changed to accommodate those mitzvot that myself or any member of society has a difficult time with due to their human challenges.

    Remember G-d’s commanded us “Tzedek, Tzedek Tirdof!” (righteousness, righteousness pursue!) and in the name of righteousness I judge the three hundred signers of this document as being “malshinim” (traitors) against G-d and Israel whose version of Judaism is no more than a Golden Calf paraded before G-d and our people.

    Click here to read the article about Amienu here
    COMPLETE LIST OF RABBIS AND THEIR CITY BELOW SIGNATURE

    RAMYN
    08/19/2015
    4th of Elul, 5775

    Lynne Goldsmith Dothan Alabama
    Elliot Stevens Montgomery Alabama
    Elana Kanter Scottsdale Arizona
    John Linder Paradise Valley Arizona
    Thomas Louchheim Tucson Arizona
    Michael Wasserman Scottsdale Arizona
    Ruth Adar Oakland California
    Melanie Aron Los Gatos California
    Raphael Asher Walnut Creek California
    Anne Brener Los Angeles, California
    Samuel Broude Oakland California
    Sharon Brous Los Angeles California
    Meredith Cahn Petaluma California
    Carol Caine Albany California
    Steven Chester Oakland California
    Aryeh Cohen Los Angeles California
    Hillel Cohn San Bernardino California
    Neil Comess-Daniels Santa Monica California
    Elliot Dorff Beverly Hills California
    David J. Cooper Berkeley California
    William Cutter Los Angeles California
    Lisa Edwards Los Angeles California
    Diane Elliot Richmond California
    Anthony Elman Los Angeles California
    Gordon Freeman Walnut Creek California
    Pamela Frydman Daly City California
    Laura Geller Los Angeles California
    Miriyam Glazer Los Angeles California
    Dan Goldblatt Larkspur California
    Jerrold Goldstein Los Angeles California
    Sara Goodman Santa Monica California
    Donald Goor Los Angeles California
    Daniel Gottlieb San Francisco California
    Mel Gottlieb Los Angleles California
    Roberto Graetz Lafayette California
    Nicki Greninger Lafayette California
    Moshe Halfon Long Beach California
    Lisa Hochberg-Miller Ventura California
    Jocee Hudson Los Angeles California
    Me’irah Iliinsky San Francisco California
    Daniel Isaacson Berkeley California
    Steven Jacobs Alameda California
    Burt Jacobson El Sobrante California
    Josh Jacobs-Velde Sebastopol California
    Yoel Kahn Berkeley California
    Patricia Karlin-Neumann Palo Alto California
    Jim Kaufman Los Angeles California
    Stuart Kelman Berkeley California
    Lawrence Kushner San Francisco California
    Susan Laemmle Los Angeles California
    Jason Van Leeuwen Los Angeles California
    Michael Lerner Berkeley California
    Richard Levy Encinco California
    Joshua Levine Grater Pasadena California
    Sheldon Lewis Palo Alto California
    Michael Mayersohn Garden Grove California
    Laurence Milder Pleasanton California
    Michelle Missaghieh Los Angeles California
    Dev Noily Oakland California
    Janet Offel Calabasas California
    Philip M Posner Santa Cruz California
    Arnold Rachlis Irvine California
    Sanford Ragins Los Angeles California
    Steven Reuben Pacific Palisades California
    John Rosove Los Angeles California
    Neal Scheindlin Los Angeles California
    Howie Schneider Aptos California
    Avi Schulman Fremont California
    Judith Seid Dublin California
    Chaim Seidler-Feller Los Angeles California
    Daniel Shevitz Venice California
    Suzanne Singer Riverside California
    David Stein Culver City California
    Martin Weiner San Francisco California
    Dvora Weisberg Los Angeles California
    Sarah Weissman Redwood City California
    Greg Wolfe Davis California
    Deborah Bronstein Boulder Colorado
    Brian Field Denver Colorado
    Hanoch Fields Denver Colorado
    Rachel Goldenberg Deep River Connecticut
    David Leipziger Teva Middletown Connecticut
    Stacy Offner Guilford Connecticut
    Jeremy Schwartz Willimantic Connecticut
    Jeffery Silberman Westport Connecticut
    Michael L. Kramer Hockessin Delaware
    Douglas Krantz Townsend Delaware
    Mark Goldman Sarasota Florida
    Frederick Greenspahn Boca Raton Florida
    Geoff Huntting Sarasota Florida
    Sheldon Isenberg Gainesville Florida
    Peter Kasdan Longboat Key Florida
    Ralph Kingsley Miami Florida
    Ronald Kronish Miami Florida
    Lewis C. Littman Ft. Lauderdale Florida
    Susan Marks Sarasota Florida
    Paul Menitoff Palm Beach Florida
    Stephen Pinsky Wellington Florida
    Howard Shapiro Palm Beach Gardens Florida
    Kurt Stone Fort Lauderdale Florida
    Mike Trout Boca Raton Florida
    Cheryl Weiner Hollywood Florida
    Steve Westman W.Palm Beach Florida
    Ronald Bluming Grayson Georgia
    Philip N. Kranz Atlanta Georgia
    Beth Schwartz Columbus Georgia
    Alison Abrams Chicago Illinois
    Marc Belgrad Buffalo Grove Illinois
    Jordan Bendat-Appell Highland Park Illinois
    Kenneth Berger Deerfield Illinois
    Steven Bob Glen Ellyn Illinois
    Herbert Bronstein Evanston Illinois
    Paul Cohen Winnetka Illinois
    Alan Cook Champaign Illinois
    Laurence Edwards Chicago Illinois
    Bruce Elder Highland Park Illinois
    Hillel Gamoran Evanston Illinois
    Gary Gerson River Forest Illinois
    Maralee Gordon Woodstock Illinois
    Sam Gordon Wilmette Illinois
    Suzanne Griffel Chicago Illinois
    Peter Knobel Evanston Illinois
    Charles Levi Deerfield Illinois
    Rebecca Lillian Chicago Illinois
    Seth Limmer Chicago Illinois
    Andrea London Evanston Illinois
    Rachel Mikva Chicago Illinois
    Nina Mizrahi Northbrook Illinois
    Frederick Reeves Chicago Illinois
    Robert Schreibman Lincolnshire Illinois
    Michael Weinberg Evanston Illinois
    Ellen Weinberg Dreyfus Homewood Illinois
    Max Weiss Oak Park Illinois
    Shlomo Wing Rockford Illinois
    Leo Wolkow Glenwood Illinois
    Michael Zedek Chicago Illinois
    Gary Mazo Newburgh Indiana
    Marla Spanjer Fort Wayne Indiana
    Paula Winnig Indianapolis Indiana
    Erin Hirsh Pratt Kansas
    Daniel Kirzane Overland Park Kansas
    Mark Levin Prairie Village Kansas
    Arthur Nemitoff Leawood Kansas
    Moti Rieber Overland Park Kansas
    Michael Rosenberg Lawrence Kansas
    Alexandria Shuval Weiner Leawood Kansas
    Edward Paul Cohn Metairie Louisiana
    Leila Gal Berner Rockville Maryland
    Binyamin Biber Silver Spring Maryland
    Reeve Brenner Rockville Maryland
    Nina Beth Cardin Pikesville Maryland
    George Driesen Bethesda Maryland
    Samuel Fishman Bethesda Maryland
    John Franken Baltimore Maryland
    Donald Gluckman Pikesville Maryland
    Emanuel S. Goldsmith Rockville Maryland
    Susan Grossman Columbia Maryland
    Jerry Seidler Baltimore Maryland
    Ariel Walsh Baltimore Maryland
    Thomas Alpert Franklin Massachusetts
    Donald Berlin Adams Massachusetts
    Herman Blumberg Waban Massachusetts
    Caryn Broitman Vineyard Haven Massachusetts
    Sharon Clevenger Newton Centre Massachusetts
    Edward Feld Northampton Massachusetts
    Jeff Foust Newton Centre Massachusetts
    David Freelund Centerville Massachusetts
    Serena Fujita Jamaica Plain Massachusetts
    Myron S. Geller Gloucester Massachusetts
    Everett Gendler Great Barrington Massachusetts
    Robert Goldstein Andover Massachusetts
    Jane Kanarek Newton Centre Massachusetts
    Ira Korinow Haverhill Massachusetts
    Jonathan Kraus Belmont Massachusetts
    Rifat Sonsino Ashland Massachusetts
    Elias Lieberman East Falmouth Massachusetts
    Janet Liss Becket Massachusetts
    Barbara Penzner West Roxbury Massachusetts
    Victor Reinstein Jamaica Plain Massachusetts
    Mark Shapiro Springfield Massachusetts
    Robin Sparr Natick Massachusetts
    Elyse Wechterman Attleboro Massachusetts
    Henry Zoob Westwood Massachusetts
    Jeffrey Falick Royal Oak Michigan
    Joseph Klein Rochester Michigan
    Michael Zimmerman Williamston Michigan
    Joseph A Edelheit St. Cloud Minnesota
    Amy Eilberg Mendota Heights Minnesota
    Michael Adam Latz Minneapolis Minnesota
    James Bennett Saint Louis Missouri
    Alan Londy Kansas City Missouri
    Allen Secher Whitefish Montana
    Ed Stafman Bozeman Montana
    Aryeh Azriel Omaha Nebraska
    Josh Brown Omaha Nebraska
    Craig Rosenstein Las Vegas Nevada
    Myra Soifer Reno Nevada
    Phyllis Bernstein Westfield New Jersey
    Renee Edelman South Orange New Jersey
    Kenneth Emert Franklin Lakes New Jersey
    Elyse Frishman Franklin Lakes New Jersey
    Ruth Gais Summit New Jersey
    Kim Geringer Short Hills New Jersey
    Charles A. Kroloff Westfield New Jersey
    Dennis Math Jersey City New Jersey
    Brooks Susman Freehold New Jersey
    Jonathan Woll Glen Rock New Jersey
    Malka Drucker Santa Fe New Mexico
    Arthur Flicker Albuquerque New Mexico
    Renni Altman Great Neck New York
    Guy Austrian New York New York
    David Bauer New York New York
    Daniel Bar-Nahum Mineola New York
    Eliav Bock Vestal New York
    Gill Brociner New York New York
    Ayelet Cohen New York New York
    Jerome Davidson New York New York
    William Dreskin Ardsley New York
    Andy Dubin New York New York
    Rachel Esserman Endicott New York
    Brian Fink New York New York
    Adam Fisher Stony Brook New York
    Leora Frankel Rye New York
    Stephen Garfinkel New York New York
    Jonah Geffen New York New York
    Irwin Goldenberg Forest Hills New York
    A. Bruce Goldman New York New York
    Stephen Goodman Garden City New York
    Shoshana Hantman Katonah New York
    Mark Hurvitz New York New York
    Jill Jacobs New York New York
    Cassi Kail Utica New York
    Jeremy Kalmanofsky New York New York
    Sharon Kleinbaum NY New York
    Jacqueline Koch Ellenson New York New York
    Jim Lebeau New York New York
    Ellen Lippmann Brooklyn New York
    Garry Loeb Monroe New York
    Jonathan Malamy White Plains New York
    Jeffrey Marker Brooklyn New York
    David Nelson Tivoli New York
    Daniel Polish Poughkeepsie New York
    Jonah Rank New York New York
    Stephen Roberts Kerhonkson New York
    Elliott Rosen Scarsdale New York
    David Rosenn New York New York
    Shmuel Sandberg n y New York
    Leonard Schoolman New York New York
    Joel Shaiman New York New York
    Charles Simon Chatham New York
    Jonathan Slater Hastings-on-Hudson New York
    Joshua Strom New York New York
    Harvey Tattelbaum New York New York
    Daniel Victor Poughkeepsie New York
    Burton Visotzky New York New York
    Gerald I. Weider Brooklyn New York
    Simkha Y. Weintraub New York New York
    Lina Zerbarini Lynbrook New York
    Philip Bentley Hendersonville North Carolina
    Susan Cowchock Bahama North Carolina
    Ariel Edery Raleigh North Carolina
    John Friedman Durham North Carolina
    Floyd L. Herman Pikesville North Carolina
    Eric Solomon Raleigh North Carolina
    Howard Apothaker New Albany Ohio
    Joan Friedman Akron Ohio
    Abie Ingber Loveland Ohio
    Margaret Meyer Cincinnati Ohio
    Saul Oresky Youngstown Ohio
    Jonathan Perlman Cincinnati Ohio
    Vered Harris Edmond Oklahoma
    Marcy Baskett Eugene Oregon
    Maurice Harris Eugene Oregon
    Johanna Hershenson Bend Oregon
    Yitzhak Husbands-Hankin Eugene Oregon
    Ariel Stone Portland Oregon
    Daniel Isaak Portland Oregon
    Joseph Wolf Portland Oregon
    Rebecca Alpert Philadelphia Pennsylvania
    Tsurah August Elkins Park Pennsylvania
    Marjorie Berman Clarks Summit Pennsylvania
    Malkah Binah Klein Philadelphia Pennsylvania
    Meryl Crean Lansdale Pennsylvania
    Isabel De Koninck Philadelphia Pennsylvania
    Art Donsky Pittsburgh Pennsylvania
    SueLevi Elwell Philadelphia Pennsylvania
    Dayle Friedman Philadelphia Pennsylvania
    Paula Goldberg Newtown Pennsylvania
    Linda Holtzman Philadelphia Pennsylvania
    Susan Kanoff Wynnewood Pennsylvania
    Jonathan Kendall Elkins Park Pennsylvania
    Alan LaPayover Philadelphia Pennsylvania
    David Levin Carroll Park Pennsylvania
    Mordechai Liebling Philadelphia Pennsylvania
    Aaron Mackler Pittsburgh Pennsylvania
    Nathan Martin Philadelphia Pennsylvania
    Michael Michlin Hazleton Pennsylvania
    Amber Powers Abington Pennsylvania
    Michael Ramberg Elkins Park Pennsylvania
    Seymour Rosenbloom Elkins Park Pennsylvania
    Mayer Selekman Bala Cynwyd Pennsylvania
    Jacob Singer-Beilin Abington Pennsylvania
    Reena Spicehandler Philadelphia Pennsylvania
    Elliot Strom Morrisville Pennsylvania
    Lance Sussman Elkins Park Pennsylvania
    Robert Tabak Elkins Park Pennsylvania
    David Teutsch Philadelphia Pennsylvania
    Arthur Waskow Philadelphia Pennsylvania
    Deborah Waxman Wyncote Pennsylvania
    Sheila Weinberg Philadelphia Pennsylvania
    Shawn Zevit Philadelphia Pennsylvania
    Jonathan Brumberg-Kraus Providence Rhode Island
    Alan Flam Barrington Rhode Island
    James Rosenberg Providence Rhode Island
    Julie Kozlow Greenville South Carolina
    Arthur Segal Hilton Head Island South Carolina
    Heidi Coretz Dallas Texas
    Sue Levy Houston Texas
    Andrew Paley Dallas Texas
    Samuel M. Stahl San Antonio Texas
    Joshua Taub Beaumont Texas
    Howard Cohen Bennington Vermont
    Dov Taylor Woodstock Vermont
    Rosalind Gold Reston Virginia
    Michael Knopf Richmond Virginia
    Lynne Landsberg Staunton Virginia
    Ben Romer Midlothian Virginia
    Jeffrey Saxe Falls Church Virginia
    Daniel Bridge Seattle Washington
    Ted Falcon Seattle Washington
    David Fine Bellevue Washington
    Jay Heyman Seattle Washington
    Jonathan Biatch Madison Wisconsin
    David Brusin Milwaukee Wisconsin
    Charles Feinberg Washington District of Columbia
    Krayna Feinberg Washington District of Columbia
    Derek Rosenbaum Washington District of Columbia
    Gerald Serotta Washington District of Columbia
    Daniel Zemel Washington District of Columbia

    – See more at: http://www.ameinu.net/newsroom/press-release/340-rabbis-urge-congress-to-support-nuclear-deal-with-iran/#sthash.OMSPlcdK.dpuf

  25. Michael Savitt says:

    It seems pretty certain that President Obama has the votes to sustain the agreement. All the words above are permanently on the internet. Just as Bush and Cheney and Rumsfeld are now on the record as being completely wrong about Iraq, fifteen years from now all the doomsday folks are going be permanently on record as wrong about the agreement. Some of the comments like “there is no doubt that Iran will use the bomb on Israel” are so far fetched because of the obvious consequences to their own country, I can’t believe intelligent people are actually making that argument.

  26. Lindsay Braverman says:

    My response to Ameinu and these individuals who signed this letter.
    http://bigstory.ap.org/article/a9f4e40803924a8ab4c61cb65b2b2bb3/ap-exclusive-un-let-iran-inspect-alleged-nuke-work-site
    How could you possibly support this. Do you have no moral compass?

  27. Yaakov Schwartz says:

    I am just a little puzzled. The Prime Minister of Israel, in consultation with his generals are all fearful of the outcome of this deal and its threat to the existence of the state and the people of Israel. Now let us assume that this is truly good for Israel. Why would those who are not only experts in this particular field, but also their own life and the life of their families depends on it, why would they oppose something that is good for them? What is it that these 340 individuals know while in the United States that the people who fear for their lives and their existence and who are the ultimate experts in this field don’t know? Also, I was wondering why being a rabbi gives one additional qualification to speak out on this issue and be heard more than any other three hundred and forty people walking down the street? Is it possible that in Rabbinical school they have studied political science and war strategy and some of the fields that your average person has not studied and therefore they are to be given more credibility?

  28. Moshe B. says:

    I’d venture to say that at least 95% of these names are NOT real Rabbis as they do not have S’micha and at least 70 of them are women. Totally Phony!

  29. Dov J. Shazeer says:

    My comment, critical of Ameinu, has been removed. Also several other comments critical of Ameinu no longer appear. Also two of my replies to comments are still “awaiting moderation” after 2 days.

    Is Ameinu unable to withstand criticism?

  30. frank molina says:

    and you consider these people real rabbis?
    are they even jewish?
    i mean really halachically jewish?

  31. Joan Rutberg says:

    MY VIEW OF THE NUCLEAR AGREEMENT STATEMENT IN A NUT SHELL:

    The Iranian government is probably the most dangerous regime in the world. They pose a very serious threat to the U.S. and our allies. The Iranian regime has been killing Americans since 1979 and is a destabilizing force in the Middle East through its support of terrorist organizations such as Hezbollah and Hamas. Iran has a significant arsenal of long-range offensive missiles and an aggressive development program designed to extend their range and sophistication. Iranian leadership refers to America as “the Great Satan” and has called for the destruction of Israel, one of our closest allies. Iran’s acquisition of nuclear weapons would give it the means to do so.
    I would be willing to support a negotiated agreement that would prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, so long as it meets the goals originally outlined by the President. However, I have read the recent Iran nuclear deal’s language, studied the agreement extensively, and listened to testimony about it. From this analysis, I have concluded that the Iran nuclear deal has let down the American people, and it will not prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons. Rather than enhancing America’s national security interests, this agreement threatens it.
    I have many specific concerns about this deal, but six major issues stand out.
    First, this deal releases over $100 billion in sanctioned Iranian oil money to the regime in Tehran almost immediately; money which the regime will use to fund increased terrorism in the region and around the world.
    Second, Iran will still keep its industrial scale uranium enrichment program, including over 6,000 centrifuges and advanced nuclear research capabilities.
    Third, the enforcement and verification process in this agreement is extremely dubious, with no immediate or surprise inspections allowed at many sites. Moreover, Iran has entered into secret side deals with the International Atomic Energy Agency about the inspection process that raise serious concerns. And even if inspections find Iran in violation of the terms of this deal, the agreement clearly states if any nuclear sanctions are re-imposed on Iran due to such violations or for any other reason, Iran can stop adhering to its commitments. This essentially makes the deal completely unenforceable.
    Fourth, this deal is only temporary, with most essential provisions expiring in eight years. A little over a decade from now, even under full compliance with this deal, Iran could have a nuclear weapon. This deal also removes the conventional arms embargo in five years, and the ballistic-missile embargo in eight years, and many other restrictions in ten or fifteen years. This means in ten years, we will have the same problems we have now with Iran, but Iran will have a nuclear bomb, ballistic missiles, and an economy flush with cash.
    My fifth concern with this deal is that it effectively makes Israel unable to defend itself from growing threats in the region. Israel is one of our closest allies in the Middle East, and Iran has routinely expressed a desire for its destruction. The existential threat to Israel becomes much closer to reality with Iran possessing a nuclear missile.
    Finally, my sixth concern is that this deal will encourage nuclear proliferation across the entire Middle East, if not around the world. Iran will have the ability to target Israel, other Middle East nations, and possibly the United States with nuclear weapons, and it could also give these weapons to terrorists that pose a danger to the American people.
    Contrary to the President’s false claims, there are alternatives to a bad deal that are not war. There is a third course – namely, we must pass a motion of disapproval and defeat this deal. After it has been rejected, American and international sanctions would remain in place as they have been since 2013. From there, the United States may need to toughen sanctions even further to convince the regime in Tehran that that it is better off without a nuclear arms program than with one. Once this trade-off is clear to the Iranians, I believe that a negotiated agreement can be reached whereby Iran will not obtain a nuclear weapon and our national security interests are fully protected.

    Joan Rutberg

  32. Bob Baird says:

    It is always useful to know and understand opposing views. And opposing views keep you sane. The 340 rabbis raise a good point about isolating the United States and Israel. We seem to have yet another lose-lose situation. But which loss will be more painful if everyone is really in favor of a very bad deal except the US and Israel?

  33. Lena Morgan says:

    Wow, now I have a great list of Rabbi’s to avoid. They live in a dreamland. How many times do the Iranian leaders have to call for Israel’s destruction, for wiping the US off the face of the earth, how many terrorist groups do they have to support until these saps take them seriously. Their hero must be Neville Chamberlain. Very, Very Sad.

  34. Janna Arlazorova says:

    I would be very curious to find out their religious affiliation. I’m almost sure very few if any of those signed this letter are orthodox rabbis.

    And if there’re not orthodox, it’s not surprising that people worshiping man made religion, have screwed views about the world and what’s right and wrong. And I guess, it’s still no wonder they are being dishonest in calling themselves rabbis. One can’t call himself a rabbi, if he doesn’t live by Hashem’s rules.

  35. Stephan Benedict says:

    These kind of Rabbis, if they trully are, are the ones who split the Jews into two, wrongfully getting involved in politics, that has nothing to do with their background on religious matters.

  36. Stephen Limmer says:

    Important and necessary position to be taken. There are no reasonable alternatives available.

  37. ralph says:

    Everybody can have his PERSONAL opinion. in this matter but not to make it public..
    I don’t know if those who signed do really know all the points of the agrrement and the DANGER for Israel.
    They bear the entire moral respnsibilty ,may God preserve us if Israel will be attacked by Iran.

  38. We’ve had traitors, snitches, capos and the like in the past.
    Betrayal is the tragedy of us Jews.
    With all the “teaching about the Holocaust”- the most important lesson, to not allow us to be divided, hasn’t sunk in.
    That’s what we need to teach OURSELVES.

  39. We’ve had oppostunistic traitors, snitches, capos and the like in the past. They have been our undoing.
    These Chelmite “rabbis” need to do their homework on “lessons from the Holocaust” and through the centuries.
    The most important lesson is TO NOT ALLOW OURSELVES TO BE DIVIDED. I one Jew is threatened for being a Jew, not only all Jews, but all of humanity, are/is threatened.

  40. Child of survivor's of the Holocaust says:

    My comment is awaiting ! I wrote the truth! Who are these women with penises without smicha?
    The kappos, traitors, pimples of our religion.
    As a child of Hungarian survivors of thevHolocaust, I can say sadly:” the wrong Jews suffered, the beautiful children who were burned alive” you have Jewish blood on your hands all 340 of you, liberal, destructive, American born bimbos and pimps, because of your parens and grand parents, bastards like Stephen Wise, and Roosevelt, took their time while my people were skinned alive and starved to death.
    Month of Elul, watch your tails!

  41. Carol says:

    Oiy vey! My Rabbi is on that list. Maybe it’s time to ……

  42. Marvin Levant says:

    Majority of 340 Pro-Iran Deal Rabbis are from J St & Other Israel-Hostile Groups
    94% of U.S. Rabbis Did NOT Sign Pro-Iran Deal Statement
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    The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA)’s analysis shows that the overwhelming majority of the “340 Rabbis for Iran Deal” come from groups that routinely take positions and engage in activities that are hostile towards Israel and inimical to American interests. The “340 Rabbis for Iran Deal” are a small fringe group. There are over 5,000 Rabbis in the United States. In other words, 94% of American Rabbis did not sign the statement supporting the Iran deal.

    The majority of the Iran Deal Rabbis come from the Soros-funded J Street. (George Soros is a self-described anti-Zionist billionaire.) Liberal Professor Alan Dershowitz explained that J Street “always seems to be taking positions that are anti-Israel.” J Street U’s new student board president is an anti-Israel Muslim.

    J Street has financial and other ties to the National Iranian American Council (NIAC), an apparent arm of the Iranian regime. Dissident journalist Hassan Daioleslam revealed that NIAC serves as a lobbying group for Iran, and that NIAC’s president and founder, Trita Parsi, has a long-term close relationship with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif. J Street’s financial filings revealed that J Street’s initial funders included NIAC board member Genevieve Lynch. J Street’s first national conference held an Iran panel with NIAC head Trita Parsi and Iran apologist Hillary Mann Leverett, who insisted that no sanctions be placed on Iran. At the J Street event, Leverett also condemned anyone who did not trust the Iranian regime as “reinforcing stereotypes of Iranian duplicitousness” and asserted that such “stereotypes” of Iran’s Mullahs were “fundamentally racist.” Leverett also compared Iran’s mullahs to Israeli rabbis. See Trouble on J-Street, by James Kirchick.

    The majority of the Iran Deal Rabbis come from the Soros-funded J Street.
    J-Street has a long history of supporting the Iran regime’s interests over those of America and Israel. For instance, J Street lobbied Congresspersons to simply “believe in Iran” – despite the Iranian regime’s responsibility for murdering hundreds of Americans, Israelis and others, and history of undeclared sites for carrying on its nuclear weapons program. Former Congressman Allen West, who noted that J-Street was a “Pro-Palestinian Jewish organization,” related that J-Street told him that he should just “believe in Iran.”

    In addition, several months ago, J Street ran and touted a phony poll to falsely claim that Jews support the Iran deal. The poll asked about a hypothetical Iran deal that would only give Iran “modest relief from sanctions,” and that would only reduce sanctions gradually as Iran met compliance benchmarks, in exchange for enrichment restrictions to civilian use and full time inspectors at Iran’s nuclear facilities “to make sure Iran is not developing nuclear weapons.” This loaded polling question is a far cry from the actual Iran deal, which gives hundreds of billions of dollars of sanctions relief and economic windfalls to Iran, allows enrichment in excess of the amounts needed for civilian use, and delays and places all sorts of roadblocks in the way of obtaining inspections of Iran’s undeclared nuclear activities. In addition, no Americans are allowed to inspect Iranian facilities, and inspectors must first be approved by Iran officials before they can even enter Iran.

    Moreover, Ameinu (which is the group promoting the “340 Rabbis for Iran Deal”) is closely tied to J Street. Ameinu appears to be serving as a front group for J Street here – since J Street has been so discredited. Ameinu National President Kenneth Bob doubles as J Street’s Treasurer. Ameinu Vice President and Executive Committee Chair Judith Gelman is a member of J Street’s Montgomery County, MD steering committee. Ameinu and J Street recently ran together on the same election slate.

    Other “340 Iran Deal Rabbis” include a board member of Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP). JVP is featured on the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) list of the “Top 10 Anti-Israel Groups in America,” and actively promotes anti-Israel boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS).

    The Iran Deal Rabbis also include over a dozen significant contributors to the so-called “Rabbis for Human Rights” (RHR). RHR participates in anti-Israel demonstrations and, along with other anti-Israel groups, launched a website with false testimonies accusing Israel of human rights violations in Gaza. ZOA members witnessed an RHR Rabbi invent and widely publish false stories to demonize pro-Israel young people at the Israel Day Parade Concert in New York several years ago.

    ZOA’s comparison of the names and locations on the 340 “Rabbis for Iran Deal” list with lists published on the websites of hostile-to-Israel groups showed the following:

    187 (the majority) of the Iran Deal Rabbis are members of the “J Street Rabbinic Cabinet.”

    12 of the Iran Deal Rabbis are members of the “J Street Rabbinic Cabinet Executive Council”

    The Iran Deal Rabbis also include 2 (out of 3) of the J Street cabinet’s co-chairs.

    13 of the Iran Deal Rabbis are significant donors to the falsehood-purveying “Rabbis for Human Rights.”

    Iran Deal Rabbi Linda Holtzman is on the Board of Directors of the anti-Israel BDS group, “Jewish Voice for Peace.” Rabbi Holtzman is known as a “pioneer lesbian Rabbi.” As a homosexual, she should be the first to condemn Iran’s horrendous human rights record, which includes Iran’s brutal executions of hundreds of innocent individuals for the sole reason that they are gay. Incredibly, she is fostering a deal that will give the Iranian regime hundreds of billions of dollars to continue its brutal oppression of gays and minorities.

    Iran Deal Rabbi Arthur Waskow states that the people at the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) are “people I trust and admire and respect.” CAIR is an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation case (the case against groups that sent funding to Hamas). CAIR is also among the top groups that ADL has frequently condemned for its anti-Israel activities.

    ZOA President Morton A. Klein stated:

    “The Rabbis signing the Ameinu letter do not in any way represent the viewpoint of American Rabbis. To only be able to get 6% of U.S. rabbis to sign this statement supporting the catastrophic Iran deal clearly indicates that Rabbinic leaders are deeply concerned about the Iran nuclear deal. This is especially true when 75% of American Jews voted for President Obama. More importantly, reliable polls show tremendous opposition to the Iran deal. The Quinnipiac poll shows that Americans oppose this dangerous deal by a margin of 2 to 1, and the Israel Project poll shows that American Jews also oppose the Iran deal by the same 2 to 1 margin. In addition, a poll conducted this week by Israel’s Channel 10, reported in the liberal Israeli newspaper Haaretz, shows that Israelis oppose the Iran deal by a margin of 7 to 1.”

    “Almost every major Jewish and pro-Israel group strongly opposes this disastrous Iran deal. These major groups opposed to the Iran deal include: the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC); the Anti-Defamation League (ADL); the Zionist Organization of America; the American Jewish Committee; the American Jewish Congress; B’nai Brith; Christians United for Israel (CUFI); the Orthodox Union; over 100 organizations who are members of the StopIranRally.org Coalition; and Jewish Federations across the country including in Los Angeles, Boston, Miami, Houston, Phoenix, Chicago, New York, and many more.”

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  43. Eugene Rindner says:

    American Jewish community at large, and some of it religious and civil leadership like US Senators and members of the House along with AIPAC, JUFs, JStreet, and 340 Rabbis who signed this support letter for Iran deal, etc. at the front of all this, already betrayed Israel.

    That is the fact, and there is not much what you we can do as of now. It is now in the hands of IDF, its special forces and pilots, to come up with some plans that will be bordering on a one way suicide mission that will stop Iran while US will try to protect Iran during that mission according to the latest deal with Iran.

    And if my prediction about IDF is correct then the blood of the those brave Israeli special forces and pilots will be on the hands of the Jewish religious and civil leadership, including these 340 Rabbis who supported this deal. I hope I am very wrong on this, but in a few weeks we will know it.

  44. Valery Tsimmerman says:

    Those 340 rabbis are reminiscent of those Jews who collaborated with Nazis during WWII. No less.
    They are the sauls of tarsus of the modern days. They represent the evil that still exists among Jews.
    Shame! Shame! Shame!

  45. Menachem says:

    I think this talk about the signatories’ smicha, their qualifications as rabeim, even their qualifications as Jews is besides the point. If you want some idea of the quality of their thinking on the Iran ‘deal’, consider their thinking on other important deals. Obviously I can’t know each individual person’s attitudes, but considering the overwhelming liberal and ‘progressive’ leaning of the group, one can make a 99.4% accurate guess.

    The last great idea they supported would have been gay marriage. We won’t have to wait long to see the family-destroying consequences of this, along with the pressure which will be created against religious values in general. Making one of the pillars of our civilization, Judeo-Christian values, into an evil doesn’t seem too good an idea.

    The great idea before that was the ethnic cleansing, by Jews, of Gaza. 8,000 Jews were forcibly expelled from their homes, their livelihoods ruined, many families destroyed, even the bones of their dead uprooted. Peace would surely result and the world would respect us, those sage ‘progressive’ rabeim intoned. You will see. Instead Israel got 3 wars and 15,000 rockets fired at their civilians from what used to be thriving hothouses in Gaza. Oops.

    The next earlier great idea was the Oslo ‘peace process’. The brilliant, but always wrong, Tom Friedman proclaimed to fanfare that Oslo would make war impossible, because once the Arabs tasted the economic benefits, they would eschew war. This also blew up into war, as was widely predicted, then as now, by those clear-eyed realists who opposed the deal. Enemies of peace was how they were described by the left. The Brits believe that no situation is so bad that it can’t serve as a bad example, and here Oslo shines. It will be taught in diplomacy classes for years as the worst possible kind of agreement for ending a conflict. Oops again.

    Not a good track record by our betters, those who would stand on their titles to tell the rest of us what is the right thing.

  46. Mark Katz says:

    Please read Senator Corey Booker’s statement. By far the best analysis of the deal by anyone anywhere.
    It is clear from what he writes that the deal is a complete failure of American diplomacy. His only argument is that the other alternative is worse. All our diplomatic clout has been squandered either way.

    You have made it clear that supporting your liberal agenda is more important than saving Jewish lives.

  47. Thomas Andrew Ignatius Jensen says:

    My grandfather was from Denmark, my father’s maiden name..was Boyschau.. I am..a schicker..but..if Israel is to survive…..with love..tolerance.. Democracy.. And Justice under His Law..It shall Be One State and the free exchange of justice And..a just society..will be to G**** name..or holocaust..not of near..but of Babylon an s desert peoples in thy midst.I love and revere the Jewish people..but the forces of evil are cast about..
    Justice..brotherhood..tolerance will prevail with our poor Arab neighbors

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