Rabbinic Statement of Concern

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat is reportedly backing the candidacy of Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu to the post of Chief Rabbi.  Rabbi Eliyahu’s history of divisive statements and actions is, unfortunately, a matter of long record. 

Prominent rabbinic voices from all streams of American Judaism are serving as convening signers on a letter of concern, which we will deliver to Mayor Barkat in advance of the upcoming election for Jerusalem Chief Rabbi. Several of the mayor’s appointees sit on the municipal commission that elects the chief rabbi, and that is the reason we are directing our sentiments to him.

We need to let Mayor Barkat know that appointing a rabbi with a history of extremist, exclusionary behavior as Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem sends exactly the wrong message.

Rabbis are invited to sign onto the statement below.


שַׁאֲלוּ, שְׁלוֹם יְרוּשָׁלִָם;  יִשְׁלָיוּ, אֹהֲבָיִךְ

Seek the welfare of Jerusalem; those who love you shall prosper. (Psalms 122:6)


1-25 of 1005 signatures
Number Date Name Location
1005 2.6 years ago Douglas Krantz Townsend, DE , US
1004 2.6 years ago Michelle Dardashti Providence, RI , US
1003 2.7 years ago Irit Shillor London, ot , GB
1002 2.7 years ago Marc Berkson Milwaukee, WI , US
1001 2.8 years ago Daniel Bronstein Brooklyn, NY , US
1000 2.8 years ago Elisa Klapheck Frankfurt a. M., ot , DE
999 2.8 years ago Elisa Klapheck Frankfurt a. M., ot , DE
998 2.8 years ago David Ingber New York, NY , US
997 2.8 years ago Gaylia Rooks Louisville, KY , US
996 2.8 years ago Paula Marcus Santa Cruz, CA , US
995 2.8 years ago Deborah Bronstein Boulder, CO , US
994 2.8 years ago Jacques Zakin OH , US
993 2.8 years ago Danny Gottlieb San Francisco, CA , US
992 2.8 years ago Aaron Miller
991 2.8 years ago Aryeh Wineman Northampton, MA , US
990 2.8 years ago Robert Zinn Houston, TX , US
989 2.8 years ago Marcia Plumb Newton, MA , US
988 2.8 years ago Gwendoline Lamb Marton, Tesside, UK, GB
987 2.8 years ago Rabbi Tirzah Firestone Longmont, CO , US
986 2.8 years ago Fran Klodawsky Ottawa, ON , CA
985 2.8 years ago Michael Eisenstat Longboat Key, FL , US
984 2.8 years ago Ruth Persky Los Angeles, CA , US
983 2.8 years ago Donald Weber Morganville, NJ , US
982 2.8 years ago Neal Hoffman New York, NY , US
981 2.8 years ago Lila Pascal Montreal, QC , CA
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*This rabbinic statement is sponsored by the New Israel Fund.

We request that only rabbis sign this statement.