The Reform Jewish Community Reacts to the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election

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The Reform Jewish Community Reacts to the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election

After learning the results of yesterday’s U.S. presidential election, many within the Reform Jewish community have shared their thoughts and prayers about the future of the United States.

As you process your own thoughts in these days following the election, may these resources be helpful and offer guidance.

  • Several Reform Movement leaders released a statement today, writing “President-Elect Trump has the opportunity to use his office to bring Americans together, and to move us toward a brighter future. If he does so, we will be ready to work with him for the common good. If he does not, we also stand ready to be fierce advocates for the values that guide us: inclusivity, justice and compassion.”
  • Rabbi Zoë Klein of Temple Isaiah in Los Angeles, CA, wrote an "Open Letter to All Americans Following the Presidential Election," sharing the story of King Solomon, who asked only for a listening heart when God offered him anything he wished. “He didn’t ask for might,” she writes, “He didn’t ask for wealth. He didn’t even ask for wisdom. He asked for a listening heart.”
  • Alden Solovy, poet and liturgist, offered this original piece, titled “The Preacher Said.” Created for use in celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day, this poem suggests that we “stick with love.”
  • On Thursday, November 10, 2016, the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism hosted a post-election conference call to discuss how we move forward together. Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner, director of the RAC, hosted the call, joined by allies from the NAACP and the Lawyers’ Committee. They led a conversation about the state of voting rights and what comes next in the struggle for social justice in America. For those who missed it, listen to a full recording of the call.

You may also find comfort in the sermon Rabbi Pesner gave on the Shabbat before the election, in which he described the similarities between Parashat Noach and this year’s election. In "After the Flood: What Happens When Election Day is Over?" he writes, “We will continue to harness the power of our tradition to create a world of justice, wholeness, and peace – and the work will be more urgent than ever.”

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Published: 11/09/2016

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