Boca Raton, FL - Orthodox Shul Asks Members To Sign Pledge To Tolerance
Boca Raton, FL - In response to a noticeable increase in terse and hostile commentary during discussions among members, which resulted in at least one congregant withdrawing her membership, a rabbi at a Boca Raton synagogue is asking all of its members to sign a pledge to use respectful and more tolerant discourse during events held at the Orthodox synagogue.
THE SUN SENTINEL (http://bit.ly/1aViFC6) reports that Rabbi Efrem Goldberg formed a committee to draft the Civility Statement, which he is now asking all of the 710-family congregation to sign and abide by.
Goldberg said the pledge, which allows for suspension for repeat offenders, has received mixed reviews so far.
“Some of the people who are resistant are the people for whom it was written,” Goldberg said. “We are not taking away anyone’s free speech. We are simply promoting treating people with courtesy and kindness.”
Goldberg said he got the idea from a similar proclamation that was drafted and signed by Jewish leaders in Palm Beach County last year.
Goldberg said much of the hostility stemmed from tense discussions about last year’s presidential election, but it had gotten so bad that one woman withdrew from the congregation, saying she had been subjected to “animosity, hostility, loathing, criticism and even name-calling” for having differing political views.
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