Behold my friends as the Jewish community moves into full blown panic with the realization that the control system they have worked so feverishly to create is about to undergo an imminent collapse.
Please note that, with respect to the first article below, it is true that some Jews may be grieving at this time. However, it must be noted these synagogue gatherings are likely not intended to support those in mourning, but instead provide the Jews a chance to regroup and figure out a Plan B since all of their wicked efforts to get Hilary into office failed. Please know that synagogues are places of great evil and this is where the Jews discuss their demonic plans for world domination and work their sorcery and black magic to try to bring forth a hideous future for America and the rest of the world. It is up to us to counteract their dark and sinister attempts to create hell on Earth by holding a beautiful and positive vision for the future Earth and a Trump Presidency that helps restore goodness in America.
U.S. Synagogues Invite Grieving Jews to Sit Shiva Together After Trump Victory
With tears and palpable fear, dozens of synagogues hold hastily-organized gatherings across the country.
Debra Nussbaum Cohen (New York, NY) Nov 10, 2016 8:27 PM
NEW YORK – There were tears at preschool drop off hours after Donald Trump was declared president-elect, but at Congregation Beth Elohim in Brooklyn they weren’t from the 3-year-olds. It was parents who cried, many of them overcome by grief and fear after Hillary Clinton’s stunning loss to a man who throughout his campaign crudely expressed explicitly anti-Semitic, racist and sexist views.
“People were openly weeping,” said Douglas Schneider, an attorney and local political activist who was one of those who cried at the synagogue preschool while dropping off his young son. “This is a real gut punch. Not just because Donald Trump will be president. It’s also about what this says about who the United States is today.”
Schneider returned to Beth Elohim’s sanctuary in the evening before the preschool’s parent-teacher conferences, and with tears in his eyes, spoke about feeling afraid.
The gathering on Wednesday was one of many — perhaps dozens — at synagogues across the country. They were hastily organized in New York, Philadelphia, Atlanda and Los Angeles, among other cities, by rabbis who realized that congregants needed a place to grieve together.
As these mournful community gatherings took place, tens of thousands of Americans were taking to the streets in cities across the country, protesting the Trump presidency.
“People feel heartbroken and in disbelief, and the profound division and brokenness” of America, said Rolando Matalon, a rabbi at Congregation B’nai Jeshurun on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, where another gathering took place Wednesday night. “As a spiritual community we need to give people space to hold each other or pray and sing, to give people the opportunity to express themselves.”
To address the vitriol unleashed by Trump’s campaign, “we have to develop a vision and be disciplined and focused and strong,” Matalon said. “But that comes after we’ve had a chance to break down and cry and mourn,” he said.
Farther downtown, Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum was planning a similar event at Congregation Beth Simchat Torah, where she held one for staff in the afternoon. “People feel shock, fear, anxiety and grief. It really feels like we need to sit shiva this week,” she told Haaretz.
As Jews and as members of the LGBTQ community, CBST members feel doubly vulnerable. The sanctuary in the congregation’s new space near Madison Square Garden was open to the public all afternoon. “Some people are sitting for awhile. Others are just sobbing,” said Kleinbaum. “I don’t think any of us can stop crying.”
It is no accident that the gatherings have been organized by synagogues, she said, because “synagogues are uniquely poised as a container for people to express grief and fear, and to move through it in community,” said Kleinbaum. “Just like when we go through an individual death, isolation is the worst thing. Being in a community where there is space to grieve is important.”
“There is palpable fear,” said Rabbi Denise Eger after people filled the sanctuary of her synagogue, Congregation Kol Ami in West Hollywood, Los Angeles, on Wednesday night. Some drove as much as two hours to get there, she said.
Eger, who is president of the Reform movement’s Central Conference of American Rabbis as well as leader of her synagogue for the past quarter century, organized the service after getting a torrent of texts from congregants through Tuesday night. “People really had spiritual crises last night,” she told Haaretz. They said, “What are we going to do?” and “I feel like I don’t belong in this country.”
People in same-sex partnerships “are worried that their marriages are on the block, women are really worried about women’s reproductive rights. We have people of color, immigrants, people whose partners are immigrants and they are all afraid,” Eger explained. As an out lesbian rabbi, she has seen many previous political campaigns strike fear in the hearts of LGBT people, but added that “In my lifetime I have not seen anything frighten the Jewish community like [this election].”
Part of what she plans to oversee at Kol Ami is regular prayers for the health of U.S. Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Anthony Kennedy, “who is a voice of reason on the right,” Eger said, hoping that they don’t retire. If they do, Trump would likely nominate justices who would overturn the right to abortion, among other things, she said.
At nearby Temple Beth Hillel in Valley Village, California, more than 50 adults and some children gathered and made bag lunches for the homeless “as an affirmation of a positive action in the world,” said Eger. Her wife, Rabbi Eleanor Steinman, is the associate rabbi there.
Some of the gatherings were interfaith. New York City’s Lab/Shul, led by Rabbi Amichai Lau-Lavie, participated in a “public pray-in” with Protestant ministers and others in Manhattan’s Washington Square Park Wednesday afternoon. The event, which was organized by Auburn Theological Seminary, “was super powerful,” said Lau-Lavie. Lab/Shul, like other congregations, is also planning meetings on Shabbat and Sunday at which members can process their feelings.
At Brooklyn’s Beth Elohim Wednesday evening Rabbi Rachel Timoner spoke about fear of “what has been unleashed” by Trump’s campaign and victory. The sanctuary there was open from 4 to 8 P.M. At times there were dozens of people. All in all, Timoner told Haaretz, a few hundred Brooklynites came.
One woman there said that, as she watched the televised map of the country while ballots were counted, with one state after another turning red to reflect Trump’s victory there, “it felt like America was bleeding.”
Timoner told Haaretz about some of the text messages, emails and calls she got through election night and the following day. “People are despondent,” she said. “One congregant called a suicide hotline and told me that she couldn’t get through because so many people were calling.”
Just down the street, members of Congregation Kolot Chayeinu also gathered. Nicole Fix, a fiction writer and arts organization administrator, attended that informal service. Between 50 and 60 people were there, she said. Together they sang Jewish songs and songs of social justice, and each person turned to another to share one thing that they feared and one thing hoped for. “People were very distraught,” said Fix later. She went because “I didn’t want to be alone at a time like this. I wanted to be with my community, and I felt comforted,” she told Haaretz. The service concluded with the Birkat Hakohanim, or priestly blessing, in which the petitioner asks God to shine His light upon him. It was, she said, “very powerful.”
Cantor Josh Breitzer ended the Beth Elohim gathering by singing the 23rd Psalm, which speaks of depending on God’s guidance through “the valley of the shadow of death” and traditionally sung on Shabbat. It is also sung, as a kind of reassurance, at funerals.
But before he did, Timoner reminded those present of one of Judaism’s central stories. As Israelites in bondage, “we spent 400 years in that narrow place,” as the Torah refers to Egypt. “But it is not the end of the story. We faced an impassable sea” while fleeing Egypt, and then it opened. “No matter how dire it feels, we find a way through, and that can lead to liberation,” she said.
“We need to let ourselves grieve. It’s real. It’s legitimate. It’s needed,” she said. “And then we’re going to figure out what we can do about it. We are going to find a way through this,” said Timoner, “together.”
American Jews rattled by Trump win as anti-Semitism ‘crawled out from under rock’
Times of Israel
Many in community nervous over what new political reality means for them, after campaign punctuated by hate, endorsement from anti-Jewish forces
BOSTON – After weathering arguably the most openly anti-Semitic American election season in recent memory, some American Jews are nervously asking what the new political reality of a President Donald Trump might mean for them as Jews.
It’s the kind of question most thought they no longer had to ask in this country.
“I think it’s the first election for anyone who is not a senior citizen that you are straight up scared as a Jew,” said Hadar Susskind, 43, a longtime professional in Jewish organizations in Washington, DC. He said he was among a group of publicly identified Jews who has been receiving anti-Semitic phone messages in recent months.
“This is not usually how things go in our democracy, but you don’t usually have the person literally endorsed by the Ku Klux Klan elected president. From children to adults, people are feeling very uncomfortable,” said Susskind.
In a Trump campaign punctuated by hateful rhetoric and fear of Muslims, Latinos and blacks, notes of what some called out as dog-whistle anti-Semitism were also sounded. Among them were allegedly old-school anti-Semitic conspiracy theories about power and money Trump floated in comments, via Twitter and in the final campaign ad. There was also the barrage of online harassment by self-identified Trump supporters of several Jewish journalists who wrote critically of Trump, including Holocaust-themed memes depicting them in striped concentration camp uniforms.
“All of a sudden it seemed [anti-Semitism] crawled out from under the rock and we are still trying to come to grips with that,” said Laurel Leff, a professor of journalism and Jewish studies at Northeastern University.
“I think it puts us on more alert as Jews. I think in previous elections, I’ve always voted Democratic, but after a loss I felt terrible. But I felt terrible because I felt as if other persecuted groups and poor people would not get the opportunities they wanted. But I never felt personally my life would be affected directly,” she said.
Jews, of course, know something about how badly the game of scapegoating and normalizing of racism can end. Like others who supported Hillary Clinton, they too are fearful for the future of civil liberties, freedom of the press and progress for women and minorities.
In the immediate aftermath of the election results, some Jews looked to the past, openly pondering on social media whether the shock and disorientation they felt in learning of a Trump victory is how Jews in Europe felt when the Nazis rose to power. A 1933 editorial from a German-Jewish newspaper advising Jews not to panic over Hitler’s appointment as chancellor, was posted on Facebook by a professor of Jewish history and widely shared.
Rabbis and communal leaders sent out missives acknowledging peoples’ fears, but also seeking to soothe and inspire.
“It’s important for us to remember that however unsettling this current state of affairs, unexpected events are hardly unprecedented in American, or Jewish, history. As the Psalmist reminds us (24:2), God ‘founded the world on waters; atop rivers God established it.’ In other words, existence is inherently unstable. But we forget this during quieter times. We forget that the circumstances of our lives are constantly shifting, regularly requiring that we readjust to new realities,” Rabbi Ethan Seidel wrote to his congregants at Tifereth Israel, a Conservative synagogue in Washington, DC.
“We live in a place in which we still have a certain sphere of influence, an opportunity to serve. Thus, though on one level this new era is full of uncertainty, on another level, we are called just as we have always been, to look out for others — in our community, and also farther afield,” he added.
Historically Jews overwhelmingly vote for Democrats, and that was true too this year, with 70 percent of Jews voting for Hillary Clinton and 25% voting for Trump, according to a J-Street poll.
The day before the election, Deborah Lipstadt, a professor of Holocaust Studies at Emory University posted to Facebook: “Any Jew who votes for Donald Trump should do so in the full knowledge that they are supporting the most virulent public expression of antisemitism in the United States in many years. Period.”
Howard Schnitz, 59, from Columbus, Ohio said the noise around Trump did not dissuade him, a longtime Republican, from voting for him.
“I think people are overreacting. In the end he will prove to be a decent human being, a very bright businessman in the White House, who will surround himself with the best possible advice,” said Schnitz, who runs a bookkeeping business. His main motivation in voting for Trump, he said, was to help ensure a conservative Supreme Court.
Jonathan Sarna, a professor of American Jewish history at Brandeis University noted Jewish Republicans were heavily represented in the “Never Trump” camp and he wonders where they will align themselves in the months ahead.
Meanwhile, he said, even though many in the Jewish community were unhappy that American billionaire Sheldon Adelson was supporting Trump, some in communal leadership positions will now be relieved he will have the new president’s ear.
But the uneasiness lingers, Sarna said.
“Many of us are deeply worried that the forces of darkness — the alt-right, the KKK, and David Duke — have been unleashed. And the question is will they become an important factor on the ground on advancing new presidential policies and will some even move into government?” Sarna asked.
“Will Trump desert some of the extremist forces who put him into power or feel beholden to them? That is one of the great questions and we will only find out as time moves on,” he said.
Opinion Trump's Win, the Greatest Victory for anti-Semitism in America Since 1941
The Jew haters are celebrating. And Jews – from Jared Kushner to Sheldon Adelson –helped it happen.
Opinion Voting for Trump is a betrayal of Jewish history
Donald Trump shocks the world, elected 45th president of the United States
Shock and horror in Tel Aviv as Trump takes White House
Tuesday's election marked a stunning victory for Donald Trump. And, in the background, something else as well. The election marked the greatest victory and validation for anti-Semitism in America since 1941.
We all saw it coming, those who supported Trump and those who opposed him. We knew it early on. And we couldn't stop it. Because Trump's own people – in particular his closest and most senior Jewish advisors, among them his son-in-law Jared Kushner – let it fester and grow, unfettered, unopposed, unacknowledged. Free.
To the direct benefit of anti-Semites and those who, like Trump, have coddled them and turned a blind eye to them and, in the end, leveraged them to their own advantage, the renaissance of Jew-hate in America has effectively split the Jewish community between an overwhelmingly liberal majority and the pro-Trump minority.
There are now just two kinds of Jews in America. And one of them voted for Trump.
How serious is the split? You can gauge it from the actions and reactions of Trump's senior advisor on relations with Israel, David Friedman, who, interviewed last month on Channel 2, was asked about an Anti-Defamation League Task Force study detailing an enormous and sudden rise in anti-Semitic online attacks on Jewish journalists and journalists believed to be Jews, whose reports were seen as anti-Trump.
“The spike in hate we’ve seen online this election cycle is extremely troubling and unlike anything we have seen in modern politics," ADL CEO Jonathan A. Greenblatt said at the time. "A half century ago, the KKK burned crosses. Today, extremists are burning up Twitter.” An ADL statement said: "These aggressors are disproportionately likely to self-identify as Donald Trump supporters, conservatives, or part of the 'alt-right,' a loosely connected group of extremists, some of whom are white supremacists."
Friedman, was asked point blank about the study. Were there anti-Semites actively supporting Trump and harassing his opponents? His answer was a flat no.
Friedman, the president of American Friends of the Bet El settlement, went on to say that Greenblatt was entirely discredited because in the past, the ADL leader had supported the dovish but pro-Israel J Street organization.
He also accused Clinton supporters and advisors of anti-Semitism.
Within the Jewish right, however, Friedman has gone further. In June, he wrote the following in an article on Haaretz columnist Peter Beinart in the settler-based Arutz Sheva website:
"…[A]re J Street supporters really as bad as kapos? The answer, actually, is no. They are far worse than kapos – Jews who turned in their fellow Jews in the Nazi death camps. The kapos faced extraordinary cruelty and who knows what any of us would have done under those circumstances to save a loved one? But J Street? They are just smug advocates of Israel’s destruction delivered from the comfort of their secure American sofas – it’s hard to imagine anyone worse."
We saw it coming. We should have done more. The memes of Trump gassing Jewish journalists, the photo-shopped images of Jewish journalists interred at an Auschwitz-like "Camp Trump," the use of the term "kike-servative" to describe the many Republican Jews who opposed Trump's candidacy and pointed to the anti-Semitic connection.
We knew that the Trump campaign would do nothing to stop it. We knew it in April, when Jews responded loudly and clearly that Trump's adoption of the slogan "America First" bore offensive and frightening connotations.
Before it became a winning slogan for Donald Trump, "America First" was a code. On the eve of the worst war the world has ever known, it was Nazi-sympathizer Charles Lindbergh's code for an America which put White Christian Americans of European ancestry before all else. And which pictured Jews – as Trump did just last week by implication – as enemies of America.
We should have done more. We should have known that Jewish organizations who are in the pocket of pro-Trump billionaire Sheldon Adelson, like the Zionist Organization of America – which charges leftists with anti-Semitism nearly daily – would do nothing about this. Jack all.
We should have done more. And now there is going to be more to do. Much more.
We should have been more active in countering the preposterous but widely spread lies about Hillary Clinton being anti-Semitic and anti-Israel.
Trump's kid-gloves coddling of anti-Semites and their vicious works have served him in good stead. Now the haters will be only too happy to return the favor by stepping up their attacks.
On Wednesday, the anniversary of Nazi Germany's murderous Kristallnacht pogroms which pre-figured the Holocaust, Trump's victory gave anti-Semites across America an additional reason to raise a glass in celebration.
Within minutes of the announcement of Trump's victory, former Klan leader David Duke - whom the ADL has called "perhaps America's most well-known racist and anti-Semite" - tweeted, "This is one of the most exciting nights of my life - make no mistake about it, our people have played a HUGE role in electing Trump!"
And we, all of us, the Jews, helped them get there.
J-Panic: An [alleged] “White Nationalist” Who “Hates Jews” Will Be Trump’s Right-Hand Man In The White House
Stephen Bannon, Head Of White Nationalist “Alt-Right” Website Breitbart News, Becomes Trump’s Senior Counselor
President-elect Donald Trump’s first White House hire tells you everything you need to know about his commitment to his campaign’s bigoted message. Stephen Bannon, an anti-Semite who ran the white nationalist “alt-right” website Breitbart News before taking a leave of absence to become the Trump campaign CEO, will be Trump’s chief strategist and senior counselor.
On November 13, Trump released a statement announcing Bannon’s hiring. The same statement noted that Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus would become Trump’s chief of staff. While White House chief of staff is typically the most senior position in the White House, the press release named Bannon first and described the two as “equal partners” in the Trump administration.
Bannon has been a key figure in leveraging this bigotry to aid Trump’s rise to power. Bannon bragged during the Republican Convention to nominate Trump that Breitbart News had become home to the “alt-right” — which is just a racist code word for white nationalists. Under Bannon’s leadership, Breitbart News has featured racism, misogyny, anti-Semitism, and anti-LGBT rhetoric. The site recently made a “noticeable shift toward embracing ideas on the extremist fringe of the conservative right. Racist ideas. Anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant ideas — all key tenets making up an emerging racist ideology known as the ‘Alt-Right’” according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. Before he died, Andrew Breitbart himself reportedly called Bannon “the Leni Riefenstahl of the tea party movement.”
Bannon’s Breitbart News especially has come under fire for its rampant anti-Semitism. In May, contributor David Horowitz wrote a piece calling The Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol a “renegade Jew.” In September, Breitbart News writer Matthew Tyrmand called Washington Post columnist Anne Applebaum a “political revisionist” who was “on the warpath against the rising populist forces doing electoral damage to her establishment friends and allies across the world,” adding, “hell hath no fury like a Polish, Jewish, American elitist scorned.” In August, former Breitbart News writer Ben Shapiro accused the website of embracing “a movement shot through with racism and anti-Semitism.” Bannon’s anti-Semitism goes deeper than just Breitbart. As CNN’s Jake Tapper noted on Twitter after today’s announcement, Bannon’s ex-wife swore in court that “he said he doesn’t like Jews” and didn’t want his children to go to school with Jews. Indeed, Esquire politics contributor Charles Pierce even compared Bannon with David Duke