Click here to read the Reform Movement's Response to the Iran Deal in its entirety.
Please see message from our Clergy concerning below:
As Congress nears a vote on the Iran Deal, emotions run high. At Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills, we are blessed with a congregation diverse in many ways, including political beliefs. Recognizing this diversity, we believe that the role of our community is to provide a forum for thoughtful conversation on this divisive issue. To that end, this past Monday, our young professionals’ group — YoPro hosted an event for the larger community featuring an expert for and an expert against the deal. Two hundred people came out for an evening of civil and thoughtful engagement to become better informed, whether they were undecided or firmly committed to a stance. If you missed the event, we encourage you to view it here.
Looking forward to the High Holy Days, we know that this issue will still be looming large; yet, you will not be hearing about this issue from your clergy team on the bima.
An issue like this requires conversation, not a sermon. We encourage individual members passionate about this issue to follow their conscience and engage in activism as they see fit. As a community, however, we embrace the statement put forth by the Reform Movement, that we must be an “open and welcoming tent as we continue to debate not only the future of this agreement, but also the very nature of what it means to be pro-Israel... When our people gather for the High Holidays, members who support the deal will pray alongside those who do not.”
Our sanctuary will be open and inclusive to people of all stances. Our sanctuary will be a place for spiritual uplift, not political divide. Temple Emanuel strives to be a place in which we really do invite God to be among us... just as our name declares.