This letter to the editor by Matt Nosanchuk was published in The Forward on October 16, 2020. It was written in response to an op-ed written by Avi Shafran of Agudath Israel.
The New York Jewish Agenda organized over 450 rabbis to join a statement supporting the data-driven, life-saving public health measures implemented by Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio. This statement, along with our press conference on Friday, received substantial press attention, and succeeded in shifting the media narrative about the Jewish community’s position on this issue.
Journalist Jacob Kornbluh, New York Jewish Agenda (NYJA), and a group of Orthodox rabbis today called for communities across New York City to comply with public health measures to contain Covid-19 in New York’s hotspots.
The group called for justice for Jacob Kornbluh and other victims of recent violent incidents. Participants also spoke about the need for data-driven, geographically-based public health efforts to contain Covid-19 in New York hotspots and for compliance in all communities, including NYC’s Orthodox Jewish communities.
450+ Rabbis Support Governor Cuomo’s and Mayor De Blasio’s Efforts to Contain COVID-19 in New York “Hotspots”
We are rabbis and other Jewish religious leaders representing every movement of Judaism, who stand in support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio for using data-driven, geographically-based efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19. We condemn the lack of compliance with public health directives and recent violent reactions from some individuals within the Orthodox Jewish community to enforcement of those mandates.
On July 24th, the New York Jewish Agenda (NYJA) hosted the first virtual event in our “On the Agenda” discussion series. The event, “Divided We Stand: Allies Debate the Two-State Solution,” featured Peter Beinart, T’ruah Executive Director Rabbi Jill Jacobs, and J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami, in a discussion moderated by NYJA co-founder Rabbi Rachel Timoner.
This op-ed by Matt Nosanchuk was published in the New York Jewish Week. It was written in response to Peter Beinart’s essay in the New York Times and Jewish Currents, which argued that Liberal Zionists should abandon the two-state solution.
This op-ed, written by Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum, Matt Nosanchuk, and Rabbi Rachel Timoner, appeared in The Forward.
We express our anger and disappointment at Mayor de Blasio’s scapegoating the Jewish community in response to the funeral of Rabbi Chaim Mertz . In the midst of an historic wave of antisemitic hate violence in New York City, our community has been feeling the pain of being singled out and blamed for the spread of this deadly disease.
Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum, Rabbi Rachel Timoner, and Matt Nosanchuk write a letter to the editor in response to a news article published January 29, 2020, “Attorney General Adds an Arrow to the Quiver of Critics of Bail Reform.”
Undoing bail reform will do nothing to help address the increase in anti-Semitic attacks or increase the safety and security in Orthodox communities. Rather than making incendiary arguments about bail reform, we need to be taking a serious look at strategies that will actually reduce hate and prevent anti-Semitic attacks against Orthodox Jews from recurring.