Rabbi Elie Abadie's Safra synagogue in downtown Manhattan
Finally, someone has called a halt to the trend to include thinly-camouflaged anti-Israel groups such as J-Street in the 'big tent' that is the the US Jewish community. According to this article in the Algemeiner, it seems to be falling to Sephardim and Mizrahim, victims at the coal face of the Arab-Israeli conflict, to make a stand for Jewish and Israeli rights. Kudos to Rabbi Dr Elie Abadie, who tells his story of flight from Lebanon here , . (With thanks: Michelle)
A leading Manhattan rabbi, representing some of the largest Sephardic
communities in New York City, on Wednesday threatened to pull his
support from the annual Celebrate Israel Parade, on June 1, unless the
parade organizers bar “anti-Israel” groups from participating this year.
In a letter seen by The Algemeiner, Rabbi Elie Abadie, M.D.,
spiritual leader of four Manhattan Sephardic institutions, the Edmond
J. Safra Synagogue, the Moise Safra Community Center, the Magen David
Congregation of Manhattan and the Sephardic Academy of Manhattan,
addressed his concerns to the leaders of New York’s Jewish Community
Relations Council, the JCRC, which organizes the parade and has insisted
in letters that its “open tent” policy is to encourage all Jewish
groups to be involved.
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