Ron Snyder’s fine piece, “Rabbis for Obama” (Sept. 20), referenced the Republican Jewish Coalition’s “profound outrage” over Rabbis for Obama signatory Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb. … As noted previously in these pages (my letter, “Three Strikes,” July 20), the RJC is not a Jewish advocacy/defense group that happens to vote Republican; it’s a GOP organization that targets Jews for outreach.
I ask the readers of the JT: What kind of genuinely Jewish organization — even a political one — instead of addressing issues and policies, insists on personal attacks, lashon ha-ra, against a rabbi? None that I know of. The only type of organization that might sink that low has to be one, in the words of the RJC itself, “whose extreme views are well beyond the mainstream of the Jewish community,” and, like Jews for Jesus (“Kudos to the JT,” Aug. 31), one that answers to an alien authority. Shame on the RJC for so blithely bartering a religious birthright of Jewish pride, dignity and self-respect for the GOP lentil stew.