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May 30, 2012 1:10 pm

Partisan Politics in Florida Synagogues?

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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.

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