Rab­bis leave faith fo­rum

The Jewish Chronicle - - News -

BOTH JEWISH ex­ec­u­tive mem­bers of an in­ter­faith fo­rum which ad­vises Red­bridge Coun­cil in Es­sex have re­signed af­ter the fo­rum passed a res­o­lu­tion ex­press­ing “out­rage” at events in the Mid­dle East.

Rabbi Ge­of­frey Hy­man, of Il­ford United Syn­a­gogue and Rabbi Mau­rice Michaels of South-West Es­sex Re­form Syn­a­gogue an­nounced they were leav­ing the man­age­ment com­mit­tee of the in­de­pen­dent Red­bridge Faith Fo­rum.

The res­o­lu­tion said that the com­mit­tee was “out­raged by the hu­man­i­tar­ian cri­sis that is tak­ing place in the Holy Land”.

An ear­lier ver­sion , emailed to mem­bers fol­low­ing a meet­ing of the com­mit­tee last week, which nei­ther of the rab­bis at­tended, had read “sad­dened” rather than “out­raged”.

Fo­rum chair­man Coun­cil­lor Filly Mar­avala said the change was re­quested by mem­bers who com­mented on the draft. “This was done so sen­si­tively I didn’t think any­one could take um­brage,” he said. “We were out­raged by the rock­ets be­ing fired into Is­rael as well.” Fo­rum mem­bers were “ex­tremely sad” at the rab­bis’ res­ig­na­tion and wanted them to re­con­sider it, he said.

Rabbi Michaels, who helped to set up the group in 2003, said he be­lieved “this is a mis­han­dling of a sit­u­a­tion rather than a ma­li­cious at­tempt to den­i­grate Is­rael”.

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