Dow Marmur: Rabbis Right to Express Disappointment with Synagogues Invitation of Pamela Geller

Echoing statements by responsible Jewish leaders in the United States, Rabbi Eric Yoffie, the immediate past president of the Union for Reform Judaism, has described her in a recent Jerusalem Post column as “a bigot and a purveyor of hate.”

On the eve of her appearance here, the Toronto Board of Rabbis issued a statementexpressing “profound disappointment” with the Jewish organization that had invited her.

The primary purpose of the statement seems to have been to mend fences and build bridges between local Muslims and Jews. Its authors expressed the fear that Geller’s customary rants against Islam would create tensions between the two communities.

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