Excluding Jews from Synagogue
This morning we received an “e” mail sent by Rabbi Shalman entitled “…current writings and musings.” This concluded with a horrifying quotation from a resolution by the board of our congregation, Beth Zedek, to the effect that another Jew, Charles Shalman, be treated like a pariah and that members “refrain from engaging in conduct that would welcome or otherwise encourage Rabbi Shalman to attend services.”
a resolution presumes that those who drafted it are so pure and angelic that
they are entitled to sit in judgment on other Jews and are also entitled to
decide who may pray with us and who is not fit to do so. Such a rule invites
innumerable other members to “excommunicate” yet others of whom they do not
For example, a board member and officer of our congregations not only designated us by a “four letter word” but also shouted that my presence and that of my family “desecrated this synagogue”. We were also told by this prominent “capo di tutti capi” that we had desecrated “Kristallnacht”, the night of November 9-10, 1938 when we witnessed the destruction and dynamiting of every synagogue in Germany, the murder of Jews in the streets and other horrors too vile to recite here. The person who made this claim was not there and yet has been authorized to insult Holocaust survivors. Yet, this name caller is a board member and president of the sisterhood.
this individual also be ejected from Beth Tzedek?
Surely, once we eject one another, no one will be left. Numerous members believe
they have reason to dislike other members. Who then decides who may stay and who
is tossed out? Is there a “beth hamidrash” anywhere which is devoted to
excluding Jews from prayer there?
effort to exclude Rabbi Shalman has been instigated by a minuscule cadre of
self-appointed elitists. They and their insidious sycophants have seized the
congregation so as to promote a self-perpetuating oligarchy.
This therefore leads to an
alternative status system within our congregation, thereby depriving us of the
benefits which a Jewish “beth el” ought to provide.
resolution by the board exhibits a vindictiveness utterly at odds with Jewish
principles. Furthermore, such a resolution, however deviant, should also include
the other party which provoked the
complaints against Rabbi Shalman, although all such resolutions are indeed a
negation of our tradition and offensive to God.