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 3 months ago Douglas Krantz Townsend, DE , US
1004 4 months ago Michelle Dardashti Providence, RI , US
1003 5 months ago Irit Shillor London, ot , GB
1002 5 months ago Marc Berkson Milwaukee, WI , US
1001 6 months ago Daniel Bronstein Brooklyn, NY , US
1000 6 months ago Elisa Klapheck Frankfurt a. M., ot , DE
999 6 months ago Elisa Klapheck Frankfurt a. M., ot , DE
998 6 months ago David Ingber New York, NY , US
997 6 months ago Gaylia Rooks Louisville, KY , US
996 6 months ago Paula Marcus Santa Cruz, CA , US
995 6 months ago Deborah Bronstein Boulder, CO , US
994 6 months ago Jacques Zakin OH , US
993 6 months ago Danny Gottlieb San Francisco, CA , US
992 6 months ago Aaron Miller
991 6 months ago Aryeh Wineman Northampton, MA , US
990 6 months ago Robert Zinn Houston, TX , US
989 6 months ago Marcia Plumb Newton, MA , US
988 6 months ago Gwendoline Lamb Marton, Tesside, UK, GB
987 6 months ago Tirzah Firestone Longmont, CO , US
986 6 months ago Fran Klodawsky Ottawa, ON , CA
985 6 months ago Michael Eisenstat Longboat Key, FL , US
984 6 months ago Ruth Persky Los Angeles, CA , US
983 6 months ago Donald Weber Morganville, NJ , US
982 6 months ago Neal Hoffman New York, NY , US
981 6 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.