ON MAY 6 AT Montclair State University, a group of rabbis and Christian clergy attended Interfaith Partners for Peace Plenary, convened by the Community Relations Committee of Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ. The local group is part of a national program launched last year by the Jewish Council for Public Affairs and designed to bolster clergy voices for a peaceful two-state solution in Israel.
Rabbi Steven Kushner of Temple Ner Tamid in Bloomfield and Rabbi Menashe East of Mount Freedom Jewish Center in Randolph are the chairs of the local initiative. Participating partners have signed a statement that includes a commitment to “being advocates for peace, including advocating for a two-state solution that will allow Israelis and Palestinians to live out their national aspirations in peace and security, with democracy and religious freedom for all.”
The cofounders of the national program, Rabbi Leonard Gordon of Congregation Mishkan Tefila in Chestnut Hill, Mass., and the Rev. Dr. Peter Pettit, professor of religious studies at Muhlenberg College, led the plenary at MSU, which included interactive discussion and group study.