For Immediate Release
Robert Leikind, Director, AJC New
AJC New England Urges Dialogue on Difficult Issues
November 1, 2016 – Boston – AJC
New England is offering the following comment after learning about controversy
concerning a pending program at Congregation Ahavath Torah in Stoughton.
AJC is committed to advancing
interreligious cooperation and understanding among our diverse faith
communities. At times, forging these
strong relationships may require difficult conversations, such as took place
between Catholics and Jews in the decades after World War II. Such discussions, however, are a vital
component of efforts to build strong, cohesive communities where all citizens
are committed to co-existence.
In this regard, we note that
there are voices within the Jewish, Muslim and Christian communities that
introduce hyperbolic rhetoric and allegations against the other. While we recognize their right to say what
they choose, we believe that the arduous work of dialogue provides a firmer
road to building healthy community and co-existence.
We urge all members of our community
to avoid action that wantonly feeds division.
AJC New England is the local gateway to AJC’s global advocacy network that works to safeguard Israel and Jews around the world, and promote democratic values for all.