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  • August 12, 2017

    T’ruah condemns violence in Charlottesville, calls on President Trump to disavow white supremacists

    T’ruah is horrified and outraged by the violence instigated by white supremacists marching in Charlottesville this weekend, including the terrorist act that killed one woman and injured many more. We are profoundly proud of the T’ruah rabbis and the clergy of all faiths who joined in peaceful prayer there.

  • August 11, 2017

    Human Rights Rabbis Travel to Charlottesville to Resist White Supremacy

    Charlottesville — As white supremacists gather in Charlottesville to voice their displeasure at the removal of a statue that served to commemorate the values of the Confederacy and Gen. Robert E. Lee—a man who led hundreds of thousands of soldiers to their deaths to preserve an economy and culture built on enslaving people because of the color of their skin—rabbis will be among the clergy who are descending on the town to send the message that white supremacy will not go unchallenged.

  • August 7, 2017

    T’ruah Condemns Israeli Government’s Decision to Displace 450 Bedouin Citizens of Israel

    T’ruah condemns the passage of the Israeli government’s recent decision to transfer 450 Bedouin citizens of Israel from their village of Umm Al Hiran to the nearby Bedouin township of Hura on a “temporary” basis. We are appalled that government officials resorted to brazen falsehoods to try and legitimize their decision, claiming that the village residents agreed to this move when they clearly did no such thing. Raed Abu Al-Qian, the chairman of the village local committee, is quoted by two Israeli newspapers as saying that not a single resident has agreed to or was consulted about this arrangement.

  • July 26, 2017

    Statement on “The Israel Anti-Boycott Act”

    Because of our commitment to free speech, which is central to Judaism, to the U.S. Constitution, and to human rights law, T’ruah expresses deep concerns about “The Israel Anti-Boycott Act,” now moving through the U.S. Congress.

    T’ruah does not support or affiliate with the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign. We do, however, believe that free speech—including the right to boycott–is an essential component of democracy, a basic human right, and a fundamental value of Judaism. And we believe that the Anti-Boycott act threatens in the long-run to harm both Israel and the chance for a just and peaceful solution that protects the human rights of both Israelis and Palestinians.

  • July 26, 2017

    More Troubling Suppression of Free Speech by Israeli Government

    T’ruah is deeply troubled by Monday’s decision by the Israeli government to prevent members of an interfaith delegation to Israel and the Palestinian territories, including Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) Deputy Director Rabbi Alissa Wise, from boarding a Lufthansa flight to Israel. This is the first known instance of Jews—including a rabbi—being prevented from entering Israel since the passage of the Knesset anti-Boycott legislation in the spring. While unlike JVP, T’ruah does not advocate BDS or affiliate with the global BDS movement, we believe that engagement in non-violent protest should not be reason to be banned from Israel.