I have been a member of B’nai Jeshurun since 1987, and I fiercely support our rabbis’ right to speak the truth as they see it (“B’nai Jeshurun Defections Fuel Debate Over Rabbi’s Role,” Feb. 28). Abraham Joshua Heschel’s teachings that bring together a profound commitment both to Jewish spirituality and social justice are the inspiration that has transformed B’nai Jeshurun into the vibrant, progressive congregation that it is today.
Since Rabbi Marshall Meyer’s taking over the reins of a moribund congregation in 1985, BJ has been a rabbinic-led synagogue in the prophetic tradition. It is not simply a place to come and feel comfortable, but one in which we as Jews are challenged to fulfill our obligations to create a more just world.
Our rabbis have a moral imperative to challenge our conscience, recognizing like our prophets of old that in the process many likely will feel uncomfortable and even enraged. It is what BJ members have signed on for, and for those now who feel alienated, I would suggest that they may need to look elsewhere for a synagogue community that more appropriately meets their needs.