A Philadelphia-area synagogue will feature a Republican speaker to balance an appearance by Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chair of the Democratic National Committee.
The Florida representative is set to speak Monday at the Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel in Elkins Park, Pa., on behalf of President Obama.
The synagogue’s senior rabbi, Lance Sussman, told JTA that he is now working with the Republican Jewish Coalition to set up an alternative event.
Sussman said the synagogue had reached out to multiple Republican officials, including at the Romney campaign, the office of Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.), the House of Representatives’ Jewish majority leader, and Republican state lawmakers before announcing the Wasserman Schultz event.
In the absence of a GOP speaker, Sussman said the synagogue had no choice but to go ahead the event, while noting in the literature that a Republican speaker would appear at another date.
The RJC’s Philadelphia-area chapter objected through social media to what it called a one-sided program.
In May Wasserman Schultz was disinvited from Miami’s Temple Israel after a prominent Republican member resigned from the temple because he was not allowed to rebut her speech. Temple leaders said the speech was canceled for security reasons.