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April 21, 2014 | 21st Nisan 5774
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A Message from Rabbi Yoffie

Remarks to the URJ Executive Committee
Regarding Cordoba House Community Center and Mosque


The plan to build a community center and mosque near Ground Zero in Manhattan has ignited a storm of controversy that has engulfed not only the religious world but all of America. As we gather here a few days after the 9th anniversary of 9/11, I would like to share with you a few thoughts about what this issue means to us as Reform Jews.

An interesting question for me from the very beginning of the crisis has been: Where are our people? Polls indicate that 70% of Americans oppose the building of the mosque at the current site. (I have no numbers on Canadians.) A poll of New Yorkers indicates that 40% of Jews in this city oppose the mosque. More

Adult Education Materials
Talking to Kids
  • Talking to Children about the Proposed Community Center and Mosque
    This year, the Days of Awe, our annual season of personal reflection and repentance, have been marked by hateful speech, bigotry, prejudice and stereotypes associated with the proposed construction of a community center and mosque in the area near Ground Zero. The groundswell of opinions--shared in homes, on television and in the streets--is being heard by and may be affecting your children. We offer this guided response to assist and support you and your family in dealing with this issue.
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