2015-11-25 / World News

Federation leader calls for open tent

In the wake of last summer’s bitter Iran debate, the chief executive of Jewish Federations of North America urged its leaders to ensure their organizations are welcoming to people of various political and religious stripes.

During the Iran debate, “too much of the language was vicious and beyond the pale, and has no place in our community,” said Jerry Silverman, president and CEO of JFNA, in a keynote address to many of the 3,000 attendees at his organization’s annual General Assembly.

“We need to put aside politics, and put our energy into building bridges through dialogue, civil debate—and I emphasize civil— focusing on shared goals and mutual responsibilities toward one another,” he said. (JTA)

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