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Statement on detainment of Conservative Rabbi

The early morning detention and questioning of Rabbi Dov Haiyun for officiating weddings outside the jurisdiction of the Chief Rabbinate was shocking and provocative. It was all the more ironic when it was revealed he was released so that he could participate in a Tisha B’Av event celebrating pluralism at the residence of the President of Israel. It’s particularly disturbing that this event took place just before Tisha B’Av, when Jews worldwide and through the centuries have mourned national loss caused by internal conflict and baseless hatred.

That this transpired at a time of intense debate of the issue of maintaining and ensuring equal privileges and rights for all inhabitants of Israel, including those who practice in varying streams of Judaism, highlighted the systemic inequity which, to date, has been vested in law but infrequently enforced.