Federation CJA & Le Mood: Our Position
Thursday, October 31, 2013

As you may be aware, Le Mood: The Festival of Unexpected Jewish Learning, Arts & Culture, taking place this Sunday, November 3 at Espace Reunion, has recently been the subject of some misinformation. Federation CJA, one of the sponsors of this event, made a decision to cancel a session because it involved speakers who challenge, actively and publicly, the legitimacy of the State of Israel.

Le Mood (known as “Limmud” in many other international communities) is an excellent opportunity for participants to celebrate the richness and diversity of Jewish life. It is also an important outreach initiative designed to promote tolerance, inclusiveness, and pluralistic Jewish values. An examination of the extensive program offerings at Le Mood demonstrates our commitment to reflect the widest possible array of religious, cultural and political viewpoints, including those that are critical of Israel’s politics, decisions and actions.

However, as broad and inclusive as the tent is at Le Mood, Federation CJA has exercised our right, as any organization would be expected to do, to draw the line at funding and providing a platform, whether directly or indirectly, to those who deny the right of Israel to exist as a Jewish State.

This is not censorship. Individuals certainly have every right to express, publish or otherwise promote their opinions, even where those opinions run counter to the values of an organization such as ours. At the same time, however, no organization is under the obligation to provide an outlet for the expression of views that are entirely antithetical to its mission. On the contrary, Federation CJA has a responsibility to its members to uphold its core mandate. The decision that we made was entirely in keeping with this principle.

We are proud of Le Mood’s success, over the past 3 years, as a convener and facilitator of dialogue and hope that you will participate in some of the over 200 exciting sessions planned this Sunday.


Susan Laxer, CPA, CA
President


Deborah Corber, LL.M.
Chief Executive Officer

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