UNION FOR REFORM JUDAISM PRACTICES INTOLERANCE IN THE PURSUIT OF SOCIAL JUSTICE

The Union for Reform Judaism is making it increasingly difficult for anyone but an extreme liberal to identify as a Reform Jew. It preaches tolerance and understanding, yet displays neither when it comes to its political advocacy.

Rather than being tolerant or understanding of the significant plurality of its members who are not liberal Democrats, the URJ forces all members of Reform congregations to be dues-paying members of a left-wing advocacy organization called the Religious Action Center.

Recent data tell us that 58% of Reform Jews identify as liberal; 29% as moderate; and 13% as conservative.

Additional data tell us that Americans believe that our country is more divided than at any time in recent history. It’s no wonder, then, that as the Reform movement takes increasingly divisive positions, 28% of Jews who were raised Reform have abandoned Judaism entirely. Of course, it’s possible to conclude that even more members would have left Reform Judaism had it not become a left-wing interest group in an effort to stay relevant. In either case, it is clear that the Reform Jewish community can ill afford to alienate anyone, so why mix organized religion with divisive political advocacy? Nowhere is the disconnect between the URJ’s political advocacy and its members’ values more striking than when it comes to the scorched-earth world of confirmation battles. Nominees’ words are routinely twisted and their ideologies lumped into binary categories with no room for nuance or shades of gray.

Recent data tell us that 58% of Reform Jews identify as liberal; 29% as moderate; and 13% as conservative.

Additional data tell us that Americans believe that our country is more divided than at any time in recent history. It’s no wonder, then, that as the Reform movement takes increasingly divisive positions, 28% of Jews who were raised Reform have abandoned Judaism entirely. Of course, it’s possible to conclude that even more members would have left Reform Judaism had it not become a left-wing interest group in an effort to stay relevant. In either case, it is clear that the Reform Jewish community can ill afford to alienate anyone, so why mix organized religion with divisive political advocacy? Nowhere is the disconnect between the URJ’s political advocacy and its members’ values more striking than when it comes to the scorched-earth world of confirmation battles. Nominees’ words are routinely twisted and their ideologies lumped into binary categories with no room for nuance or shades of gray.

Favor school choice? According to the Central Conference of American Rabbis (a URJ group), you must not be committed to public education. In other words, either you favor improving public education or you support the right of parents to choose the best school for their children. They are mutually exclusive.

If your relatives are not in favor of same-sex marriage, but you support your loved ones who are in a same-sex marriage and want them to have kids, the URJ can’t possibly trust you to make sure schools are welcoming and inclusive.

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