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White House briefs rabbis, Jewish officials on Syria
ByJTA
September 12, 2013 09:31
Briefing attracts 691 callers from all religious streams; Rabbinical Assembly executive VP says rabbis eager for update on Syria to better discuss issue in Yom Kippur sermons.
US President Obama addresses the nation about the situation in Syria from the White House, Sept 10

Obama makes White House address on Syria 370. (photo credit:REUTERS)

WASHINGTON — Close to 700 rabbis and other Jewish communal officials were briefed this week by a top White House aide on US President Barack Obama’s Syria plans.

The call Tuesday with Ben Rhodes, a deputy national security adviser, was organized by the Reform movement’s Religious Action Center and the Conservative movement’s Rabbinical Assembly and attracted 691 callers from all religious streams, according to Rabbi Julie Schonfeld, the RA’s executive vice president.



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She said that rabbis were eager to be briefed on Syria so they could better discuss the issue in their Yom Kippur sermons.

President Obama has advocated a limited strike on Syria to degrade its chemical weapons capability after an August 21 attack allegedly carried out by the Assad regime that has been said to have killed over 1,400 people, including hundreds of children.

On Tuesday, Obama said he would consider a Russian deal that would avert a strike by placing Syria’s weapons under international supervision and destroying them.

Rabbis on the call pressed Rhodes on the moral underpinnings of striking Syria, distinctions between responses to the use of conventional weapons on civilians as opposed to chemical weapons, what the administration’s endgame in Syria was, and on how its Syria considerations affected its relationship with Israel.
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