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 10 months ago Douglas Krantz Townsend, DE , US
1004 11 months ago Michelle Dardashti Providence, RI , US
1003 12 months ago Irit Shillor London, ot , GB
1002 12 months ago Marc Berkson Milwaukee, WI , US
1001 12 months ago Daniel Bronstein Brooklyn, NY , US
1000 12 months ago Elisa Klapheck Frankfurt a. M., ot , DE
999 12 months ago Elisa Klapheck Frankfurt a. M., ot , DE
998 12 months ago David Ingber New York, NY , US
997 12 months ago Gaylia Rooks Louisville, KY , US
996 1 year ago Paula Marcus Santa Cruz, CA , US
995 1 year ago Deborah Bronstein Boulder, CO , US
994 1 year ago Jacques Zakin OH , US
993 1 year ago Danny Gottlieb San Francisco, CA , US
992 1 year ago Aaron Miller
991 1 year ago Aryeh Wineman Northampton, MA , US
990 1 year ago Robert L Zinn Houston, TX , US
989 1 year ago Marcia Plumb Newton, MA , US
988 1 year ago Gwendoline Lamb Marton, Tesside, UK, GB
987 1 year ago Rabbi Tirzah Firestone Longmont, CO , US
986 1 year ago Fran Klodawsky Ottawa, ON , CA
985 1 year ago Michael Eisenstat Longboat Key, FL , US
984 1 year ago Ruth Persky Los Angeles, CA , US
983 1 year ago Donald Weber Morganville, NJ , US
982 1 year ago Neal Hoffman New York, NY , US
981 1 year 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.