Three months ago, the Presbyterian Church General Assembly voted to “divest” from those companies doing business with Israel, and where their resources are used in the so-called “occupied territories.” For many of us, this action was a harsh “slap in the face” from a Christian denomination with whom the American Jewish community has long had a strong connection.
Locally, members of our congregation recalled the many worthy programs that have linked us to the Bedford Presbyterian Church. We have shared in house building trips to Nicaragua. We were early partners in establishing the Mt. Kisco Food pantry. Our teens and adults have joined together in numerous Midnight Runs to offer food and clothing to the poor and homeless of New York City. And of course, our congregations join together each Thanksgiving in worship and community.
Rabbi Nevarez and I met with Rev. Paul Alcorn of the Bedford Church. He has long been a wise and respected friend. We asked that he issue a statement to the people of our congregation that would clarify his personal view of this “Divestment” vote. I thought it appropriate to include that statement, and so it follows these words.
I hope you will join us as we celebrate Sukkot tonight. This is our festival of thanksgiving and a celebration of the blessings of our lives. Our service will be outside in the Sukkah, (weather permitting) so it might be wise to bring a warm jacket.
Chag Sameach and Shabbat shalom,
Rabbi David Greenberg
A letter from Paul Alcorn, Pastor of the Bedford Presbyterian Church can be viewed here.