Opposition to Trump unifies Los Angeles Jews
The rise of President Trump has sparked a new streak of activism in Los Angeles’ Jewish community that many veteran leaders say they haven’t seen in decades, the Los Angeles Times reports. Jewish leaders in the religious, political and cultural worlds have formed a coalition “aimed at denouncing what they perceive to be threats to religious tolerance, democratic values, equal rights and a free press.”
Trump’s rhetoric and actions toward Muslim immigrants were the impetus for the coalition, known as Jews United for Democracy and Justice, said Rabbi Ken Chasen, senior spiritual leader at Leo Baeck Temple in Bel-Air. “Jews understand that an attack on any one of us is an attack on all of us.
Not since the 1960s, when Jewish leaders embraced the civil rights movement and denounced the Vietnam War, has there been such a galvanizing issue as this one, the rabbi said.
Jews United for Democracy and Justice has garnered the support of more than 2,000 Jewish people — including prominent rabbis and elected leaders such as L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti and City Atty. Mike Feuer — who signed the group’s organizing statement.