On Wednesday 16th May, young adults from across affiliations in the Jewish community demonstrated outside Parliament regarding the situation on the Israel Gaza border. We know that many of our members were disturbed by this. As leaders of Reform Judaism, we deliberately chose not to attend. No one attended this event in any capacity whatsoever as representing Reform Judaism nor RSY-Netzer. We are certainly not shy of saying what we think in public and had we wanted to have been there to amplify our messages, we would have been. When our youth movement, RSY-Netzer, discovered that most of those killed in Gaza were claimed as Hamas operatives, they acknowledged that had they known, they would not have shared this on Facebook.
We as a Movement value that our young people want to engage in the complex issues around Israel, and we are happy to enable respectful and candid conversations about this for people of any age.
Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner, Senior Rabbi to Reform Judaism
Rabbi Josh Levy, Chair of Assembly of Reform Rabbis and Cantors
Geoffrey Marx, Chair, Reform Judaism