DNC Chair Temple Appearance Squashed by Romney Supporting Member (JEWISH PRESS) By: Yori Yanover 05/29/12)
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Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), was uninvited last week,
after having been scheduled to speak Friday night at Temple Israel of
Greater Miami. Wasserman Schultz, who is also the chair of the
Democratic National Committee, was going to discuss topics including
Israel, social justice and religious freedom.
The invitation was withdrawn Thursday, according to the Sun Sentinel,
as Joan Schaeffer, vice president for administration at Temple
Israel, announced that Wasserman Schultz’s engagement was “postponed”
for security reasons.
But if there were any security threats, they all seemed to emanate
from Stanley G. Tate, 85, a major donor and former president of the
Tate, a member of Temple Israel for 72 years, is co-chairman of Mitt
Romney’s presidential campaign in Miami-Dade County. He told the Sun
Sentinel: “You can’t talk about the U.S. and Israel without talking
politics. Republicans like myself feel the president has thrown
Israel under the bus.”
Millionaire Stanley G. Tate was instrumental in the early development
of the Florida Prepaid College Board and served tirelessly as
Chairman of the Board during the program’s first 18 years, from 1987
To provide Florida families with an affordable means to save for
their children’s future college education, the Florida Legislature
created the Florida Prepaid College Program in 1987, and the first
Florida Prepaid College Plans were sold in 1988.
In recognition of Mr. Tate’s service, Governor Jeb Bush signed House
Bill 263 into law in 2006, renaming the program the Stanley G. Tate
Florida Prepaid College Program.
Rep. Wasserman Schultz avoided a comment on the temple infighting. “I
believe strongly that in a democracy people should be able to hear
from and interact with their elected officials,” she said. “To say
the least, this is a very unusual situation because of this temple’s
She added that “it is unfortunate that some would allow politics to
stand in the way of citizens’ ability to interact with their
“She’s the chairperson of the Democratic National Committee,” Tate
told the Miami Herald. “The topic is the U.S.-Israel relationship.
There cannot be any conversation on that topic, none, unless it has
to do with the politics.”
Tate told the Sun Sentinel that it was “wrenching” for him to leave a
synagogue where he was married 63 years ago, and where a preschool
bears his name. “But I could see this was becoming an issue, so I
called last week to say I was resigning.”
The Miami Herald sought out the one person who was deeply affected
from the incident: Lauren Trushin, the 16-year-old girl who was
confirmed Friday night and was looking forward to having the
The Reform movement instituted the ceremony of confirmation in 1830s
Germany, believing that a 16-year-old is better qualified than a 13-
year-old to affirm his Jewish identity.
“What I learned from the member who made the threats is that… people
who engage in bullying get their way when people don’t stand up to
them,” Lauren Trushin said in her speech Friday.
“I have learned some hard lessons recently, and I can’t help but be
disappointed that I was not able to hear Congresswoman Wasserman
Schultz speak tonight. I find it upsetting that anyone would take a
stand against a prominent Jewish politician making a speech about the
State of Israel, and make threats and misstatements.” (© 2012
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