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From Rabbi George Gittleman

The Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe vs. Wade sent a shock wave of fear, anger and disbelief through our community.  To many of us, the court’s ruling imperils our beliefs, supported by Jewish tradition, in the rights of women to access abortion as needed to protect their physical and mental well-being. For me as a rabbi, but also as Sophie’s father and Laura’s spouse, the court’s decision is an attack on the ability of women to control what happens to their own bodies
The congregation is not monolithic; we don’t all think alike and we don’t all agree on this issue. Legal arguments aside, the result of the ruling contradicts the deeply held values of much of if not all of the Jewish world, including the Reform and Conservative movements, as well as many in the Orthodox community.
As the week draws to a close, I hope you will join me this Friday evening – whether in person or virtually - for Shabbat Services. There is comfort in community.  I will also be speaking about Judaism and reproductive rights and sharing resources for action.
Rabbi George 

Judaism and Reproductive Choice

The Bay Area Jewish community has long demonstrated consensus in support of reproductive rights. Every American movement of Judaism (including the Orthodox Union) is against absolute abortion bans and insists on the importance of women being able to access abortion care for their mental and physical well-being. The Rabbis of the Talmud are clear: abortion is permitted, and in some cases required, for the health and safety of women.

Resources and Actions to Protect and Advance Abortion Access from the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism:

For more information:

Sat, September 23 2023 8 Tishrei 5784