Partisan Politics in Florida Synagogues?
Some Florida synagogues are under fire for the way they have been treating Republican members. Most recently, the president of Temple Israel in Miami refused to allow a Republican congregant to rebut remarks made by Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL).
Also in May, Republican congregants were removed from a speech by Ambassador Susan Rice at B’nai Torah Congregation in Boca Raton, the Washington Free Beacon reported.
“I see a trend here in South Florida where some synagogues of late are only presenting prominent speakers who represent partisan policy perspectives, and other points of view are silenced,” said Florida Rabbi Sam Intrada, a self-described lifelong Democrat. “This trend to keep out centrist, moderate, mainstream concerns about Israel and stifling discussion about them is very painful to me,” he added.