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 1004 signatures
Number Date Name Location
1004 1 week ago Michelle Dardashti Providence, RI , US
1003 1 month ago Irit Shillor London, ot , GB
1002 1 month ago Marc Berkson Milwaukee, WI , United States
1001 1 month ago Daniel Bronstein Brooklyn, NY , United States
1000 1 month ago Elisa Klapheck Frankfurt a. M., ot , DE
999 1 month ago Elisa Klapheck Frankfurt a. M., ot , DE
998 1 month ago David Ingber New York, NY , US
997 1 month ago Gaylia Rooks Louisville, KY , US
996 1 month ago Paula Marcus Santa Cruz, CA , United States
995 1 month ago Deborah Bronstein Boulder, CO , United States
994 1 month ago Jacques Zakin OH , US
993 1 month ago Danny Gottlieb San Francisco, CA , United States
992 1 month ago Aaron Miller
991 1 month ago Aryeh Wineman Northampton, MA , United States
990 1 month ago Robert L. Zinn Houston, TX , US
989 1 month ago Marcia Plumb Newton, MA , United States
988 1 month ago Gwendoline Lamb Marton, Tesside, UK, GB
987 1 month ago Tirzah Firestone Longmont, CO , United States
986 1 month ago Fran Klodawsky Ottawa, ON , CA
985 1 month ago Michael Eisenstat Longboat Key, FL , United States
984 1 month ago Ruth Persky Los Angeles, CA , US
983 2 months ago Donald Weber Morganville, NJ , United States
982 2 months ago Neal Hoffman New York, NY , US
981 2 months ago Lila Pascal Montreal, QC , CA
980 2 months ago Debora Gordon Troy, NY , United States
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*This rabbinic statement is sponsored by the New Israel Fund.

We request that only rabbis sign this statement.