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From Temple Israel bema, teen decries "bullying" of Debbie Wasserman Schultz, decries tactics of Mitt Romney congregant

In the back-and-forth between Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Mitt Romney's Miami-Dade co-chair, Stanley Tate, over an Israel speech, we haven't heard from one person who was deeply affected: Lauren Trushin, the 16-year-old girl who was confirmed Friday night and was looking forward to having the congresswoman speak.

But Wasserman Schultz was uninvited after, according to a close reading of Lauren's speech, Tate made a fuss -- not the congresswoman. Tate's allies say the congresswoman was the fit-pitcher.

"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 said in her speech.

"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."

The incident underscores the strong emotions in the fight for the Jewish vote -- even at liberal-leaning synagogues like Temple Israel. President Obama's campaign, incidentally, is advertising on a Temple Israel's UStream channel that features, among other things, a recording of the Shabbat service in question.

Lauren's family had approved of Wasserman Schultz speaking at the Shabbat service, in part because the Broward Congresswoman is a hero of Lauren's. She wrote a 7th grade book report about the Democrat and her mother went to the University of Florida with Wasserman Schultz.

Here's Lauren's take, in her own words in the part of her speech about how Jews should stick together:

"These bouts of resentment within Judaism have even occurred within Temple Israel recently. Debbie Wasserman-Shultz who is a Jewish U.S Congresswoman, was invited to speak here tonight about Israel.

"What could be a more relevant topic for a speech at Temple Israel? Congresswomen Wasserman-Shultz not only serves as a proud Jewish political force in the world, but also as a personal inspiration to me, as she proves that being a Jewish woman doesn’t hinder one’s ability to become an important political figure, something that I hope to possibly achieve someday. I was so excited to have the honor of sharing the bema with the congresswoman on the night of my confirmation.

"But Debbie Wasserman-Shultz is not here tonight to speak about Israel, and I was told it was for security reasons. But the truth is she was un-invited by Temple Israel yesterday, simply because of the fact that a few members of Temple Israel don’t agree with her personal politics. One of these members even threatened to get up and speak on the bema without having been invited, in order to give an opposing viewpoint. I do not understand how a member of this temple could be so disrespectful to the Rabbi, to the other members of this temple, and to a U.S. congresswoman who has been invited to speak to us. As Jews, don’t we all agree that it is very important to maintain a strong U.S.-Israeli relationship, no matter what our personal political beliefs are? What I learned from the member who made the threats is that some people consider personal political beliefs about how this country is run to be more important than the State of Israel, and that people who engage in bullying get their way when people don’t stand up to them.
"When I first heard about the opposition from certain temple members and specifically the threat to storm the bema, one of the first things I thought about, and something I believe we should all consider tonight, is the fourth commandment, which states “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.” Today is the Sabbath, the day of rest, which God tells us to respect and keep holy. In the midst of the fierce arguments and disagreements that have taken place recently over who speaks and what they speak about, not only have relationships been hurt and people left appalled by the behavior of others, but we have also forgotten where we are and what this event is about……

"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. In the Ten Commandments, God tells us “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.” I interpret this to mean that you shouldn’t fight against those on your side, whether it is by giving false testimony against them, or by denouncing them because of their beliefs concerning issues not having to do with Judaism."

 


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Joe

If you want to hear DWS speak turn on any cable station!!!

Don't cry out loud

BOO HOO!
Political points of view have no place in a tax exempt establishment,
Temple, baptist or catholic church, etc...
Sounds like Debbie's spin team wrote this speech for little Lauren.
Find a new hero, honey....one that isn't a liar or a dirty woman.
Ps. and Please do something with that hair, girl!
Looks like you brush it with a chicken bone!

west coast guy

Two comments, two ignorant statements.

Norm Fox

I can't imagine our synagogue in Minnesota ever caving in to pressure like that. If these righties wanted to dispute the congresswoman, they could have done so at a different time. It was nothing less than political intimidation. Were I a member of this Florida synagogue, I would have immediately quit and joined a congregation with leadership that had more guts.

ed

Any Jewish person interested in supporting the state of Israel with a lick of sense would be opposed to listening to Debbie blabbermouth Shultz, head of the DNC.

Congratulations to the Synagogue.

dshap

lauren Trushin is right when she says: “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.” I interpret this to mean that you shouldn’t fight against those on your side, whether it is by giving false testimony against them, or by denouncing them because of their beliefs concerning issues not having to do with Judaism."
It is great the her mother went to school with the Congresswoman. It is great that young Lauren, because of her mother's influence picks a successful Jewish woman as her role model. It would be even more great if she were to pick a successful Jewish woman as a role model whose politics, demonstrated a greater level of political integrity. I believe Ms Wasserman Schultz, who has historically been a supporter of Israel, in aligning herself wit this administration, has traded Israel for personal political gain... I posted the following when this story originally broke, and do so again today.
"Thankfully we have people like Stanley Tate, who do recognize that the Obama administration, while they throw $$$ at Israel, has done much to undermine Israel on the world stage. Yes Obama did speak at the UN in favor of Israel and did agree to veto pa statehood... For those acts I am grateful. However, he also enabled pa refusal to negotiate when he transformed the 1967 green (armistice) lines into BORDERS, creating an impossible situation with regard to negotiations hinging on construction. This administration ignores the history of the region by perpetuating the myth that Israel is an occupying force. They ignore the fact that it is the Jews who are the indigenous people of all of Israel including Judea and Samaria with a presence in the area for over 3000 years, with both physical as well as biblical evidence to support that fact. They ignore the fact that Jordan was to be the home for arabs of "palestine" which was Israel before the Romans conquered the Jews and renamed Israel "palestine", and that Israel which includes Judea, Samaria and ALL of Jerusalem... The Undivided Capital of Israel. They ignore the fact that but for the attack on Israel in 1948, none of the arabs of Israel would have fled and become "refugees". They ignore the fact that the arab nations, collectively, displaced over 700,000 Jews from their lands to Israel at approximately the same time. They ignore the fact that from 1948 when Jordan occupied the eastern part of Jerusalem until the brave Paratroopers of Israel's Tzanhanim liberated The Old City in 1967 the city was left in disrepair and no one of any faith but islam was permitted to it's holy sites. This administration ignores the fact that Israel has made overtures and trades of land for peace, and the arabs answer each and every time with more demands and more murderous violence. This administration ignores the fact that the pa leadership particularly mahmoud abbas, the financier and mastermind of the Olympic Massacre of Israeli athletes in Munich has declared that not one single Jew will live in a "palestinian country". They ignore the fact that should an arab be found "guilty" of selling land to a Jew, he is to be executed for having done so. Yet this administration continues to demand Israel make yet further "painful concessions" for "peace" with these arab interlopers. This administration has consistently leaked details about Israel security to arab nations. Equipped turkey whose leader erdogan is Obama's "best friend in the Middle East", with radar and military equipment that will put Israel at a disadvantage. He has supplied the most modern and sophisticated aircraft to arab nations, eroding Israel's military edge in the region. he did not stand up for Israel when they were excluded from the NATO conference held in Chicago this month. Bottom line, this POTUS and his administration have demonstrated a propensity to embrace the worst and most violent governments in the world, most of whom are in a state of constant declared war with Israel. Given another term, this administration's ill conceived foreign policy will permit a nuclear iran, and place not only Israel, but the entire world's safety in perilous jeopardy at the hands of the craziest regimes, all radical islamists.
My guess is that young Lauren has no idea of the history of Israel's struggles beyond that of the narrative of the arabs and sympathizers.

Sabrina

Excellent speech, Lauren! I know Lauren personally and NO, NOBODY WROTE THIS SPEECH FOR HER. If anything, she's incredibly brave to publicly denounce members of her temple for their actions. You may not agree with Debbie Wassermann-Schultz's politics but if you know how to read you'll understand she wasn't campaigning for her, rather she was advocating for acceptance and unity on a specific issue, namely, US-Israeli relations. She's not appealing to all of Miami or even all of the United States. She's appealing to the Jewish membership at Temple Israel. And as for anyone who says she "has no idea of the history of Israel's struggles beyond that of the narrative of the arabs and the sympathizers": 1) Learn how to capitalize when needed. 2) Learn how to read. Again, she's not arguing for DWS' political beliefs. 3) You're ignorant. Not Lauren.

M for Mandela

Most adults with a masters degree would not be able to keep up with half the teenagers I know, especially not with Lauren. She writes ten times better than most adults and has studied history at a much deeper and unbiased level than anyone willing to make such uneducated comments.

Hopefully, you will be able to reach Lauren's level of education or work ethic. But, I don't think your prospects are very bright.

"Congresswomen Wasserman-Shultz not only serves as a proud Jewish political force in the world, but also as a personal inspiration to me, as she proves that being a Jewish woman doesn’t hinder one’s ability to become an important political figure," that does not mean she believes the congress woman is infallible, only that she respects and is inspired by her because she is a Jewish woman with admirable achievements. Please, learn to correctly interpret a document before jumping to a conclusion.

*Debbie's spin team did not write this comment or Lauren's speech.*

mariel castro

Caputo get over your anti-florida mantality (pro-embargo means yu r ant-florida jobs)and get serious. try to help our kids with jobs dont work so hard to destroy their present and future

WestBrowardPolitico

Politics should not be discussed at the Temple...bottom line. The teen's mom is obviously friends with Debbie and running to her defense. If you want to hear her speak, go to a political event. It isn't appropriate for her to give a political speech (which she would be doing) in a temple. She no doubt would discuss President Obama's plans for Israel to garner the Jewish vote. Just like her speech in Hollybrook. She cannot help herself. Any speech she gives is a political one. Remember Separation of Church and State!

Dshap

Sabrina, the omissions of capitalization In my earlier post were intentional as I will not dignify those who wish to annihilate you and I, and our people. Your suggestion that the Congresswoman's speech would not have been political demonstrates either your own ignorance or your belief that the rest of us are ignorant. Your statement that DWS was there only to promote US/Israeli relations is fine, except that the brand of relations that she promotes is both offensive to me and others like Mr. Tate, and more importantly dangerous to Israel, The Nation State of The Jewish People, whose eternal capital is an undivided Jerusalem.

Michael Cohen

If the chairwoman of DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE is speaking, a person who has claimed that republicans hate women and want to take america back to the dark ages, is invited to speak, a rebuttal is COMPULSORY.

PERIOD.

If Eric Cantor was invited, a democratic rebuttal would be compulsory.

PERIOD.

This is strictly an issue of political bias and the assumption of those sentiments in the temple that the left is fighting the good fight, and that Wasserman Schultz represents goodness and what should be emulated. The elimination of the rebuttal to such sentiments is IMHO, precisely the OPPOSITE of what Judaism should LEAD in. CRITICAL THINKING. QUESTIONING AUTHORITY. WITHOUT EXCEPTION

That rabbi should have made the FACT that a rebuttal either way is unavoidable - CLEAR, or no invitation should have been made

c greenee

Saying a speech by Debbie Blabbermouth Shultz is NOT political, is like Bill Clinton saying, oral sex is Not sex.

Al Gore

Saying a speech by Debbie Blabbermouth Shultz is NOT political, is like James Carville saying "just because Bill Clinton's seamen was on the blue dress, does NOT mean they had sex".

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