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Baltimore (VINnews) — The Coalition for Jewish Values ​​​​(CJV), which represents more than 2,500 traditional, Orthodox rabbis in American politics, today called for Columbia President Minouche Shafik to resign or be removed by the Board of Trustees.




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Shafik had previously announced that three of the four lecturers who exchanged text messages during a session on anti-Semitic hate in which they mocked the speakers and spread anti-Semitic phrases have been removed from their positions – but will remain on the payroll of Columbia University. The fourth, Josef Sorett, will remain in office as dean.

This situation is particularly troubling to CJV Vice President Rabbi Dov Fischer and CJV Regional Vice President Israel Rabbi Steven Pruzansky, as both are graduates of Columbia University and remember the days when the school was tolerant and welcoming to Jewish students and faculty. Rabbi Pruzansky issued the following statement:

The bigotry and double standards are blatant and completely at odds with the experiences I and others have had at Columbia University in the past. Imagine if something like this happened during a session where Black, Latinx, Pacific Islander, or LGBTQ faculty and students were speaking out about the hostility they face on campus. Any faculty member who dismissed their concerns, let alone ridiculed them or expressed hateful views, would lose their job immediately.

Yet when it comes to anti-Semitism, President Shafik is demonstrating the very “lack of seriousness” she claims to be denouncing. It is clear that all four who shared anti-Semitic messages, as well as Shafik himself, must be removed from the faculty and replaced by others who are committed to combating and preventing hatred against Jews and all other minorities on campus. Only then can Columbia hope to once again become a serious academic institution where all students feel safe and valued.

The Coalition for Jewish Values ​​​​(CJV) represents over 2,500 traditional, Orthodox rabbis and is the largest rabbinical public policy organization in America.

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