URJ Leadership Statement About New York Times Article

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URJ Leadership Statement About New York Times Article

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New York, NY; March 21, 2019 - Statement of URJ Chair Daryl Messinger and URJ President Rabbi Rick Jacobs:

"We read today’s story in The New York Times about Michael Steinhardt with concern and outrage. We applaud the courage of the women who have come forward to describe their experiences. We believe them, sympathize with them, and support them.

"The behavior described in the story is reprehensible and has no place in the Jewish community or any other.

"For too long, people (almost always women) have been subjected by others (almost always men) in positions of power and influence to the kinds of words and actions outlined in this story. It has had deep emotional, professional, and financial consequences, among others, for those who have been targeted.

"This moment of reckoning in our culture is long overdue. We remain committed to doing all we can to ensure a safe, secure, and supportive workplace in which every individual is accorded the respect and dignity they deserve."

Please also read statements from NFTY-The Reform Jewish Youth MovementWomen of Reform JudaismCentral Conference of American Rabbis and Men of Reform Judaism.


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Published: 3/21/2019

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