In Chicago, a new synagogue seeks Judaism minus Zionism

(RNS) An Israeli flag next to the rabbi’s podium, a synagogue-wide Israel Independence Day celebration, a prayer for the state of Israel during services — for many, these are innocuous if not positive parts of American Jewish congregational life.

For Rabbi Brant Rosen and his future congregants at Tzedek Chicago, a new synagogue that identifies as non-Zionist, these are symbols of a nationalism-infused Judaism, which he thinks is not only unnecessary but harmful.

“We believe that that’s led to some very dark places and that the establishment of an exclusively Jewish nation-state in a land that has historically been multiethnic and multireligious has led irrevocably to the tragic issues that we’re facing today,” Rosen said.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    I wonder if he has ever heard of the American Council for Judaism. Its members, both religious and secular expressed the same opinions 70 years ago. You can look it up.

  • Raymond Cameron

    Next they will try Judaism without Jews…

    • WalterBannon

      oh but that’s what this is – they are all cultural Marxists, that is their real religion hence they are JINOs…

      • Surele Surele

        One was hoping that Marxism will vanish with the XX century. One was naive.

        • occupant 9

          Yep, since intellectual honesty has no value within Marxism, it is unreasonable to expect Marxists to honestly reevaluate their ideology. The word that comes to mind is sinister.

    • Surele Surele

      Or without God.

    • luna

      Jews, also known as the children of Israel, or the Israelites.

      • Alain

        True and in Judaism and Jewish prayers they belong to the House of Israel. You simply cannot claim to know the Torah and claim to be anti-Zionist and anti-Israel at the same time.

        • luna

          And they worship the god of … Israel!

        • luna

          Judaism is an intergenerational relationship between a nation of people and their homeland.

  • Kapos – the Muslims will go after them first. The Zionists are smart enough to buy guns and defend themselves.

  • Hard Little Machine

    They should delete Judaism from their program. I can recommend several Protestant brands that would love to have its own “Jews”.