Jewish leftists “whose utter despair at last month’s election results knows no bounds” oppose Conference of Presidents gathering at Trump Hotel

How the Grinch Stole Hanukkah
by Ruthie Blum
December 9, 2016

A Hanukkah party co-hosted by the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations and the Embassy of Azerbaijan next Wednesday is causing a stir among left-wing Jews. One might have expected liberals to laud the theme of the event – “freedom and diversity” – and even welcome the participation of a Muslim-majority country in the holiday celebration. But no. Because the festive occasion is being held at a Washington, DC hotel owned by President-elect Donald Trump, it is being denounced and boycotted by several groups. Among these are the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) — the rabbinic arm of the Reform movement — and IfNotNow, a self-described group of young American Jews who came together during Operation Protective Edge in Gaza in the summer of 2014 to demand an end to Israeli “occupation” and “freedom and dignity for all.” READ MORE

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