Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Out with the New, In with the Old (Rabbi Jacobs, Part 3)

Today the Union for Reform Judaism announced the formal election of Rabbi Rick Jacobs to head the URJ. The statement includes this passage:
As Rabbi Jacobs winds down his responsibilities with Westchester Reform Temple, he also will step down from his involvement in other organizations, boards and advisory committees during the first years of his Presidency in order to focus his energies on the task ahead of him. Additionally, as President of the URJ, he will assume many new official posts on Jewish communal organizations including the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, the Jewish Agency for Israel and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, among others.
So, Rabbi Jacobs has been instructed to quit all his frivolous dabbling in radical lefty politics. 

Out with the new - no more playing on J Street for Rabbi Jacobs;
In with the old - he will join a respectable club such as AIPAC

Out with the New Israel Fund;
in the with the old - The Jewish Agency.

Out with the new - no more edgy activism at Sheikh Jarrah demonstrations;
In with the  old - Rabbi Jacobs will join the list of approved organizations.

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