Racist White American Jews

From the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin:

Two Chicago-area Jewish attorneys are suing the nation’s largest Jewish religious movement, alleging the organization’s call for reparations for slavery amounted to libel of all American Jews and, by imputation, the two of them.

Mark A. Stang, owner of the Stang Law Firm in Highland Park, filed the federal complaint against the Union for Reform Judaism, its president, Rabbi Rick Jacobs, and its vice president, Rabbi Jonah Pesner. The suit seeks $1.8 million in compensatory damages and $6 million in punitive damages.

Pesner, director of the URJ’s Religious Action Center, authored an op-ed published by the Chicago Tribune in mid-December, days before the URJ hosted its 5,000-attendee Biennial conference at McCormick Place.

In the opinion piece, Pesner advocated for more introspection and action by the American Jewish community toward issues of racism and discrimination.

During the five-day convention, the URJ passed a resolution calling for the creation of a federal commission to study proposals for reparations to descendants of enslaved people: https://www.chicagolawbulletin.com/jewish-lawyers-sue-reform-movement-over-reparations-oped,-vote-20200203