Congregation B’nai Jeshurun is a historic building and not much else. An unaffiliated synagogue, its theology consists of hating Israel and little else.
Hijacked by radical leftist “rabbis in name only” like Marshall T. Meyer and its current clergyman, Rolando Matalon, a product of Meyer’s homebrewed seminary, B’nai Jeshurun is the home of the Anti-Israel left overseen by Latin American leftists practicing their own brand of Liberation Theology under the fake Jewish label of Tikkun Olam.
Rolando Matalon, one of the “Rabbis for Obama”, is affiliated with a number of Anti-Israel groups, including J Street, Brit Tzedek V’Shalom and Human Rights Watch, some of which he had to resign from after their hostility to the Jewish State discommoded some of the older B’nai Jeshurun members. Matalon was forced to resign from Lerner’s Tikkun Community after blowback over a New York Times ad that compared Israel to Nazi Germany.
Jews For Racial and Economic Justice, the radical anti-Jewish social justice hate group, intended to use the B’nai Jeshurun facilities to give Adam Shapiro, of the International Solidarity Movement, a pro-terrorist group that supports suicide bombings against Israel, an award named after Marshall T. Meyer, until controversy forced them to switch to a local liberal church instead. Despite this, Rolando Matalon and B’nai Jeshurun have continued their involvement with the JFREJ hate group.
All this makes what followed after the Palestine UN vote completely unsurprising.
“The vote at the UN yesterday is a great moment for us as citizens of the world,” said the email, signed by the B’nai Jeshurun’s three rabbis, cantor, board of directors and executive director. “This is an opportunity to celebrate the process that allows a nation to come forward and ask for recognition. Having gained independence ourselves in this way, we are especially conscious of this.”
Allan Ripp, a member, said he and his wife were appalled, the Times reported.
“We are just sort of in a state of shock,” Ripp said. “It’s not as if we don’t support a two-state solution, but to say with such a warm embrace — it is like a high-five to the P.L.O., and that has left us numb.”
I don’t know why the Ripps are in a state of shock. They are members of a synagogue whose rabbi was on the board of a group that honored a supporter of suicide bombings.
B’nai Jeshurun is, barring the occasional Reconstructionist synagogue, the most prominent Anti-Israeli congregation in New York. If the Ripps don’t want to be associated with those who want to undermine and destroy the Jewish state, perhaps they should leave behind B’nai Jeshurun, the Macy’s Muqata, and find a Jewish synagogue instead.
One day Congregation B’nai Jeshurun might become a synagogue again. For the present it’s just an organized locating for hating Jews.