We are dismayed and deeply disturbed by the treatment of Jewish participants in the Chicago Dyke March this last weekend. We are dismayed that this march does not allow a plurality of voices, including those—like ours—that strongly support LGBTQ rights, diversity, tolerance, support for peace in Israel and Palestine, and a secure State of Israel. It is hard not to see this as part of an organized campaign to remove Israel from the family of nations and discredit its ability to remain a secure and sovereign state. Beyond that, we are deeply disturbed that people holding a pride flag with a Jewish star at its center were ejected for holding that flag. This flag is a symbol of Jewish, gay pride. To oust those for lifting a flag with these two identities—Jew and queer—appears to be an act of anti-semitism. We denounce this action.
Edwin Goldberg, Senior Rabbi
Shoshanah Conover, Associate Rabbi
Sheera Ben-David, Cantor
Marc Kaufman, President