A number of Jewish leaders are planning to protest Donald Trump’s campaign for the presidency when he speaks at the upcoming AIPAC conference.
Two rabbis, Rabbi David Paskin of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, and Rabbi Jesse Olitzky of Congregation Beth El in Orange, New Jersey, have organized a protest they dubbed “Come Together Against Hate,” a play on the theme of this year’s America Israel Public Affairs Committee annual conference in Washington, DC, “Come Together.”
The rabbis plan to have volunteers hand conference-goers stickers with the slogan as they enter the event, and to organize a two-pronged boycott of Trump’s speech. Some protesters will simply not attend, while others will walk out when Trump enters and convene at another spot in the Verizon Center, a sports arena where the conference is taking place, to study Torah passages against hate.
“We come together as Rabbis, Cantors, Jewish Professionals, and members of the Jewish community to repudiate the ugliness that Mr. Trump espouses,” the initiative said on its website.
Rabbi Jeffrey Salkin of Temple Solel, in Hollywood, Florida, also has been contacting fellow rabbis about a planned protest.