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 7 months ago Douglas Krantz Townsend, DE , US
1004 9 months ago Michelle Dardashti Providence, RI , US
1003 9 months ago Irit Shillor London, ot , GB
1002 10 months ago Marc Berkson Milwaukee, WI , US
1001 10 months ago Daniel Bronstein Brooklyn, NY , US
1000 10 months ago Elisa Klapheck Frankfurt a. M., ot , DE
999 10 months ago Elisa Klapheck Frankfurt a. M., ot , DE
998 10 months ago David Ingber New York, NY , US
997 10 months ago Gaylia Rooks Louisville, KY , US
996 10 months ago Paula Marcus Santa Cruz, CA , US
995 10 months ago Deborah Bronstein Boulder, CO , US
994 10 months ago Jacques Zakin OH , US
993 10 months ago Danny Gottlieb San Francisco, CA , US
992 10 months ago Aaron Miller
991 10 months ago Aryeh Wineman Northampton, MA , US
990 10 months ago Robert Zinn Houston, TX , US
989 10 months ago Marcia Plumb Newton, MA , US
988 10 months ago Gwendoline Lamb Marton, Tesside, UK, GB
987 10 months ago Tirzah Firestone Longmont, CO , US
986 10 months ago Fran Klodawsky Ottawa, ON , CA
985 10 months ago Michael Eisenstat Longboat Key, FL , US
984 10 months ago Ruth Persky Los Angeles, CA , US
983 10 months ago Donald Weber Morganville, NJ , US
982 10 months ago Neal Hoffman New York, NY , US
981 10 months 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.