Getting banished by the Jewish Federation on Yom Kippur.


Note:  Dr. Duane Christensen is a retired Old Testament Professor, a Septuagenarian, who has taught at several theological seminaries.  Theology is the “study of God”.  Duane and his wife, Martha, have an extensive mailing list.  Cecilie is the Deputy Director of Jewish Voice for Peace.  See:….  I voted, as well.   Peace, Roy

Article posted on October 7, 2011, by Cecilie Surasky under CensorshipJewish Federation, for….

What does Chabad Rabbi Manis Friedman have that I don’t have? Is it the beard? The religious authority? Or is it the record of advocating for the killing of Arab women, men and children?  Why does he get to stay on the Jewish Federation’s much promoted Jewish Heroes competition list, while I was unceremoniously deleted- without explanation- this morning, less than 24 hours after a story about my nomination appeared in JWeekly, the Bay Area Jewish paper.

Friedman and I have been running in the top ten for Jewish communal professionals for weeks. And though he’s a rabbi and I’m not, I was nominated by a young rabbinic student sincere in his commitment to a Jewish future. Heck, I even once helped raise thousand of dollars for the Fed after going on a mission to Israel– and my uncle was once a 6-figure fundraiser for the Federation and board member. But my nomination represents hundreds if not thousands of Jews in communities across the US who are heroically working to make equality between Palestinians and Jewish Israelis a reality.

Which is, presumably, why it was nixed and my organization, Jewish Voice for Peace, made subject to a modern day form of Jewish banishment. This despite the competition’s tagline: “We honor those making strides to repair the world.” (Picture at left: mynomination page now says Page Not Found and is blank.  Here is thecached version-what it used to look like before today. And I’m off the leaderboard completely.)

ut what about Friedman, who still remains riding high at number 4 on the leaderboard?

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