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British Jewry divided again

by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2006-01-20

Leslie Bunder

Leslie Bunder

A number of leading British Jewish businessmen have resigned from their involvement with the Jewish Association for Business Ethics (JABE) following the denial of the organisation to allow non-orthodox rabbis to get fully involved.

Once again, it shows how some parts of the community, are actually dividing it, rather than trying to unite it. Sure, we may have some differences, but at the end of the day, we are still all Jews.

The organisation which on face value featured a melting pot of Jewish diversity appears to have division when it comes to the involvement of non-orthodox rabbis.

Listed as president is Sir Jonathan Sacks, chief rabbi of the United Synagogue.

"The Chief Rabbi stood on a platform of inclusivism," trustee and Dixons founder Lord Kalms told the Jewish Chronicle. "Once again, after many other examples, he has tossed it into the long grass."

Lord Kalms himself is a member of the United Synagogue while, Reform member and Pentland chairman Stephen Rubin has had enough.

"There is no way I can continue," he says. "I wish them every success but I believe this is a tragedy which would not have occurred either in the United States or Israel and which is caused by a fear of progress."

Outside of their respective synagogues, it's important for all sections of the Jewish community to respect each other. By preaching one thing of tolerance to all, but by excluding it to your own fellow Jew, it really is pathetic.

And what example of ethics does that really show?

Related link:

Jewish Association for Business Ethics