Logan CrawfordAug 23, 2017, 8:30 pmAug 23, 2017, 9:59 pm

Rabbis cancel High Holy Days call with president over handling of Charlottesville violence

The call usually takes place two weeks before the first evening of Rosh Hashanah


An event that has become an annual tradition has apparently fallen victim to the recent controversy over President Trump's handling of the violence in Charlottesville.

Rabbis across the country are canceling their annual phone call to the president of the United States before the High Holy Days.

This comes as many across the country have echoed discontent over President Donald Trump's response to the tragedy in Charlottesville, Virginia.

"He's the president of the United States, he's for everybody. He was just wrong," James Watts of St. Albans said.

The 40-minute call is usually made by 1,000 rabbis every year with the president to ask questions gathered from the Jewish community. The call usually takes place two weeks before the first evening of Rosh Hashanah.

Rabbis in our area say they are canceling the call because Trump's comments after Charlottesville lacked moral leadership.

"The bar is so low to condemn Nazis and white supremacists and the Ku Klux Klan. Instead, he engages in ways that only create more divisiveness in our country," said Rabbi Marc Gruber of the Central Synagogue of Nassau County.

Rabbi Elliot Skiddell and Rabbi Marc Gruber say this is the first time that the annual call with the president will not be taking place.

Rabbi Jaymee Alpert of the Congregation Kneses Tifereth Israel in Port Chester says the rabbis' decision has nothing to do with politics.

"When you don't condemn hate and you give support to white supremacy that's a line that just can't be crossed," Rabbi Alpert said.

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