Rabbi Brant Rosen, of Evanston’s Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation, reportedly has resigned because of what he said is long-standing tension over his support for Palestinians in their conflict with Israel.

Rosen, who’s been at the JRC for 17 years, told the Chicago Tribune that no specific incident led to his resignation, but that his views “deeply pained” some members of the congregation creating a divide he no longer felt he could bridge.

On his blog,, Rosen has frequently criticized Israeli policy, including the recent Israeli invasion of Gaza.

Rosen is expected to remain on duty for several months as the congregation searches for a new leader.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. A moral leader with great courage

    He is a moral leader with great courage. Some  congregational rabbis  are fearful of  expressing any views other than " Israel is right."

    Most of the JRC congregation support his views.  But there are 500 families who needed ministering to  and he will become a more national  voice now..

  2. So sorry

    Dear Rabbi, I am so sorry to hear this news. Although I am not a Jew, I am very sympathetic to your faith and admire your willingness to take an unpopular stand. I happen to agree with you that Israel has undertaken an unfortunate action against the Palestian people and things in Gaza must change. I hope that you will find a new and inspiring venue for your ministry (I think this may be a non-Jewish word, sorry).

  3. rabbi rosen resignation

    Sorry it came to this. We couldn't be prouder of Rabbi Rosen for his thoughtful and moral views on the struggle of conscience and solidarity.  His views enlighten the darkest corners of denial and fear.

    We hope to hear more from this courageous and caring Jewish spirit.

    martin rosen

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