Rabbis urge PA Jews to vote ‘Jewish values’
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Election 2020The discussion was titled “Voting our Jewish Values.”

Rabbis urge PA Jews to vote ‘Jewish values’

Reform Rabbi Jamie Gibson, Reconstructionist Rabbi Doris Dyen and Orthodox Rabbi Joshua Runyan joined Jewish historian Deborah Lipstadt for the discussion.

Voting sign in California in 2008. Photo https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Voting_United_States.jpg by Tom Arthur flickr.com/people/59888866@N00 and licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/deed.en
Voting sign in California in 2008. Photo https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Voting_United_States.jpg by Tom Arthur flickr.com/people/59888866@N00 and licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/deed.en

Two Pittsburgh rabbis, and a former editor-in-chief of the Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle, were panelists at a Sept. 24 Zoom program hosted by Back to Blue, an initiative of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party.

Reform Rabbi Jamie Gibson and Reconstructionist Rabbi Doris Dyen, both of Pittsburgh, and Orthodox Rabbi Joshua Runyan of Philadelphia, a former editor-in-chief of the Chronicle, joined Jewish historian Deborah Lipstadt for the discussion titled “Voting our Jewish Values.” Also on the panel was Conservative Rabbi Seymour Rosenbloom of Elkins Park, Pennsylvania.

Clockwise from top left: Rabbi Doris Dyen, Rabbi Jamie Gibson, Rabbi Seymour Rosenbloom, Deborah Lipstadt and Rabbi Joshua Runyan.

During the one-hour discussion, each rabbi made the case for casting a vote for Joe Biden in the upcoming presidential election. Other topics covered included anti-Semitism from both the political right and left, and the increase of public displays of religion in the U.S. PJC

— Toby Tabachnick

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