June 24, 2022

Federation Condemns Decision Overturning Roe v. Wade

Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ and its partner agencies and synagogues listed below strongly and unequivocally condemn today’s Supreme Court ruling on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization overturning Roe v. Wade.   

For close to 50 years, access to safe, affordable, and legal abortion and reproductive health care has been constitutionally protected, enshrined through law and precedent.  Today’s decision not only undermines women’s basic right to reproductive freedom and endangers women’s health — it will inevitably lead to the criminalization of those who get abortions and the doctors who perform them. This decision will disproportionately impact people of color, those who are low-income, and young people, leading to continuing cycles of poverty and, in some cases, death. 

For the Jewish community, today’s decision prioritizing the rights of the fetus over the life of a pregnant woman undermines Jewish law and tradition. Jewish law takes a nuanced approach to abortion, but generally prioritizes the life of the pregnant woman over the life of the unborn fetus. Our sacred Jewish texts, millennia of rabbinic interpretations, and Jewish practices and teachings affirm Judaism’s deep reverence for life. In certain cases, where the life or health of the woman is in jeopardy, Jewish law requires abortion to preserve the life and health of the woman.  

Overturning Roe v. Wade and placing American Jews in situations in which the law prohibits abortion in circumstances in which their religion requires it is a violation of freedom of religious expression, as guaranteed under the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.  

In light of our strong interest and opposition to this decision, Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ, local clergy, and partner agencies will continue to work for reproductive freedom and call on Congress to pass laws preserving the right for all women to exercise their right to reproductive freedom without the unwarranted interference of the government in their most personal decisions. 

Greater MetroWest Synagogue and Agency co-signatories (in formation)

B’nai Keshet Reconstructionist Synagogue, Montclair and Rabbi Elliott Tepperman and Rabbi Ariann Weitzman 

Congregation Agudath Israel of West Essex, Caldwell and Rabbi Ari Lucas  

Congregation B’nai Israel, Millburn and Rabbi Ari Isenberg  

Temple B’nai Jeshurun, Short Hills and Rabbi Matthew D. Gewirtz  

Congregation Beth El, South Orange and Rabbi Jesse Olitzky and Rabbi Rachel Marder 

Congregation Beth Israel, Scotch Plains and Rabbi Howard Tilman  

Congregation Shomrei Emunah, Montclair and Rabbi David Greenstein  

MAKOMnj and Rabbi Ellie Miller  

Oheb Shalom Congregation, South Orange and Rabbi Abigail Treu  

Temple B’nai Abraham, Livingston and Rabbi David Vaisberg 

Temple B’nai Or, Morristown and Rabbi Michael Satz  

Temple Beth El Mekor Chayim, Cranford and Rabbi Paul David Kerbel  

Temple Beth Shalom, Livingston and Rabbi Simeon Cohen 

Temple Emanu-El of Westfield and Rabbi Ethan Prosnit, Rabbi Victor Appell, and Rabbi Charles Kroloff  

Temple Har Shalom, Warren and Rabbi Randi Musnitsky  

Temple Ner Tamid, Bloomfield and Rabbi Marc Katz  

Temple Sha’arey Shalom, Springfield and Rabbi Renee Edelman  

Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel, South Orange and Rabbi Alexandra Klein and Rabbi Daniel M. Cohen 

Temple Sholom of West Essex, Cedar Grove and Rabbi Laurence Groffman 

Temple Sinai of Summit and Rabbi Erin Glazer, Rabbi Stuart Gershon, and Rabbi Peter Kasdan

White Meadow Temple, Rockaway and Rabbi Charles Popky  

Rabbi Joel Abraham of Temple Sholom, Scotch Plains  

Rabbi Mark Mallach, Emeritus of Temple Beth Ahm Yisrael, Springfield  

Rabbi David Nesson of Morristown Jewish Center Beit Yisrael  

Rabbi Robert Tobin of Temple B’nai Shalom, West Orange 

Hillel of Greater MetroWest

JCC of Central NJ and Mike Goldstein, Executive Director

JCC MetroWest, West Orange and Stuart Raynor, CEO 

JFS MetroWest and Diane Squadron, CEO

JSDD, Livingston and Linda Press, Executive Director 



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