Rabbinic Statement on Reproductive Freedom

As rabbinic leaders representing the Greater Atlanta Jewish community, and members of the Atlanta Rabbinical Association, we are deeply troubled by the possibility that reproductive freedoms in our country and our state could be drastically curtailed with the overturning of Roe V. Wade.

While our different streams of Judaism may differ in their parameters for permitting abortion, we are united in our understanding that a blanket denial of access to abortion would be in opposition to Jewish values and ethics as reflected in the Bible and rabbinic teachings.

Both collectively and as individual rabbis, we commit to offering our full support to any who would be adversely affected by the limiting of reproductive freedoms or access to abortion, and to fostering opportunities to bring the teachings of our tradition to bear on this critical issue.

(Organizational affiliations provided for identification purposes only)

Rabbi Spike Anderson, Temple Emanu-El Atlanta

Rabbi Elizabeth Bahar, Temple Beth Israel, Macon

Rabbi Judith Beiner, Jewish Family and Career Services, Sandy Springs

Rabbi Peter Berg, The Temple

Rabbi Michael Bernstein, Congregation Gesher L’Torah, Alpharetta

Rabbi Sam Blustin, Ahavath Achim Synagogue, Atlanta

Rabbi Lauren Cohn, Marietta

Rabbi Jonathan Crane, Decatur

Rabbi Dan Dorsch, Congregation Etz Chaim, Marietta

Rabbi Dayle Friedman, Atlanta, Congregation Beit Haverim

Rabbi Pamela Jay Gottfried, Atlanta

Rabbi Brian Glusman, Marcus Jewish Communtiy Center of Atlanta

Rabbi Josh Hearshen, Brookhaven, Congregation Or VeShalom

Rabbi Joshua Heller, Congregation B’nai Torah, Sandy Springs

Rabbi Lauren Henderson, Congregation Or Hadash, Sandy Springs

Rabbi Jason Holtz, Temple Kehillat Chaim, Roswell

Rabbi Ari Kaiman, Congregation Shearith Israel, Atlanta

Rabbi Claudio Kaiser-Blueth, Congregation B’nai Torah, Sandy Springs

Rabbi Hillel Konigsburg, Congregation B’nai Torah, Sandy Springs

Rabbi Loren Filson Lapidus, The Temple, Atlanta

Rabbi Bradley Levenberg, Temple Sinai, Sandy Springs 

Rabbi Shalom Lewis, Marietta

Rabbi Rachael Klein Miller, Temple Emanu-El, Sandy Springs

Rabbi Jordan Ottenstein, Congregation Dor Tamid, Johns Creek

Rabbi Elana Perry, Atlanta

Rabbi Joseph Prass,  Congregation Ner Tamid, Dunwoody

Rabbi Ariel Root Wolpe, Ma’alot, Decatur

Rabbi Laurence Rosenthal, Ahavath Achim Synagogue, Atlanta

Rabbi Neil Sandler, Ahavath Achim Synagogue, Atlanta

Rabba Melissa Scholten-Gutierrez, Toco Hills

Rabbi Ilan Schwartz, Atlanta

Rabbi Ron Segal, Temple Sinai, Sandy Springs

Rabbi Rick Shapiro, Smyrna

Rabbi Larry Sernovitz, Temple Kol Emeth, Marietta

Rabbi Alexandria Shuval-Weiner, Temple Beth Tikvah, Roswell (President, Atlanta Rabbinical Association)

Rabbi Alvin Sugarman, The Temple, Atlanta

Rabbi Natan Trief, Sandy Springs

Rabbi Samantha Trief, Sandy Springs, Temple Sinai

Rabbi Mark Zimmerman, Congregation Beth Shalom, Atlanta