Jewish Federation, Jewish Community Strongly Object to Bannon Appointment

Posted on Tuesday Nov 15, 2016 8:51 AM

The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle strongly objects to the appointment of Stephen Bannon as chief White House strategist and counselor, and the appointment of any others who may threaten the fabric of our civil society. We will stand beside every minority community and all who are vulnerable and afraid.

In his acceptance speech, President-elect Trump said,

"To all Republicans and Democrats and independents across this nation, I say it is time for us to come together as one united people. It’s time. I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be President for all Americans, and this is so important to me.”

We urge President-elect Trump to fulfill this promise by excluding from his appointees those who seek to divide through the promotion of hate.

Anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, racism, misogyny, xenophobia and homophobia have no place in the centers of public policy, not in the White House, and especially not among our President’s advisers.

Americans of the Jewish faith have been citizens of our democracy since the Revolutionary War. America has offered our community more freedom and rights than any other country for 2,000 years. This freedom and safety must continue for all in America regardless of religion, race, ethnic heritage, gender, sexual orientation, disability or any minority status.

Hate is neither a Jewish nor an American value. The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle will continue to stand for the values we have always upheld: welcoming the stranger, fighting injustice, repairing the world, supporting Israel and Jewish communities around the world, speaking up for the voiceless, and protecting the orphan and the widow.

We urge local, state and national leaders on both sides of the aisle to speak up against this threat to American democracy, to uphold inclusion and respect, and to fight against bigotry and discrimination of all kinds.

Nancy B. Greer, President and CEO
Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle

Dan Lowen, Board Chair
Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle

Linda Clifton, Chair
Jewish Federation Community Relations Committee

Ron Leibsohn, Vice Chair
Jewish Federation Community Relations Committee

Zach Carstensen
Jewish Federation Community Relations Committee

David Ellenhorn
Jewish Federation Community Relations Committee

Corey Salka
Jewish Federation Community Relations Committee

Joseph Schocken
Jewish Federation Community Relations Committee

Dr. Michael Spektor
Jewish Federation Community Relations Committee

Robert Spitzer
Jewish Federation Community Relations Committee

Maxima Patashnik, Government and Community Affairs Manager
Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle

Rabbi Jill Borodin
Congregation Beth Shalom

Rabbi Tamar Malino
Fran Davis Snavely, Board President
Congregation Emanu-El

Board of Directors
Congregation Tikvah Chadashah

Dee Simon, Executive Director
Holocaust Center for Humanity

Rachel Eisner, Regional Director
J Street Seattle

Rabbi David Basior
Kadima Reconstructionist Community

Rabbi Zari Weiss
Kol HaNeshamah

Hamutal Davis, Director of Outreach
New Israel Fund

Rabbi Ruth Zlotnick
Temple Beth Am

Rabbi Tamar Malino
Temple Beth Shalom

Liz Thompson
The Kavana Cooperative

Rabbi Jason Levine
Washington Coalition of Rabbis

Rabbi Aryeh Blaut

Rabbi Jaclyn Cohen

Rabbi Seth Goldstein

Rabbi Jessica Marshall

Rabbi Rona Matlow

Rabbi Rachel Nussbaum

Rabbi Jay Rosenbaum

Rabbi Daniel A. Weiner

Jeffrey Alhadeff

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