Trump continues tradition of High Holy Days call with Jewish leaders

Trump initially stated that “many sides” were to blame for the violence and intimidation that resulted from the white-power protest Charlottesville.

By
September 14, 2017 20:41
1 minute read.
HAREDI TRUMP supporters in Jerusalem.

HAREDI TRUMP supporters in Jerusalem.. (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

WASHINGTON – US President Donald Trump will host a conference call with American Jewish leaders on Friday, billed by the White House as an opportunity for the president to “send well wishes for the upcoming holidays and discuss his administration’s progress on issues of interest to the Jewish community.”

The call has become a traditional event around the Jewish High Holy Days, but several rabbinical groups this year will decline to phone in – an act of protest after Trump equivocated in response to a neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, last month.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


Trump initially stated that “many sides” were to blame for the violence and intimidation that resulted from that event, equating white-power activists with the groups in their crosshairs.

But the White House rejects claims that Trump drew moral equivalency, and his spokeswoman, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, said on Wednesday that he will “absolutely” sign a bipartisan congressional resolution headed toward his desk that condemns hate groups.

While leaders of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, the Rabbinical Assembly, the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association and the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism will all skip the call, several other organizations are expected to participate. The call is scheduled for 11 a.m. Eastern Standard Time.

Related Content

Republican candidate John Cox speaks at headquarters, San Diego, California, 2018.
August 18, 2018
California governor candidate compared DMV wait line to Holocaust

By JTA