CCAR Statement on Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations Chanukah Party

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

As the leaders of the CCAR, we will not be attending or supporting the Chanukah party of the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations. The Conference of Presidents is supposed to represent the diversity of Jewish organizations. Holding this event at Mr. Trump's hotel is at odds with that idea and with many policies and values of Jewish life and community. Especially as representatives of a community that has been so deeply impacted by the history of both the Holocaust and immigration, we believe that all Jewish groups must fiercely and consistently oppose any normalization of bigotry. Certainly, the theme of the Chanukah party, "freedom and diversity," is at odds with the language we are hearing from Mr. Trump's inner circle and appointments. Until Mr. Trump denounces the anti-Semitism, racism, homophobia, and sexism that have plagued his campaign and his transition, we join with our colleague Rabbi Rick Jacobs of the URJ in asserting that this is an inappropriate venue for a Conference of Presidents event. We urge the Conference to reconsider their decision. 

Rabbi Denise L. Eger                         Rabbi Steven A. Fox
President                                          Chief Executive

      Central Conference of American Rabbis