The Jewish world reacts to 2016 election results

Every election, Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA), the organizing body of the Jewish federated system, sends official letters congratulating presidents and newly elected or re-elected members of Congress. You can read the letter to president-elect Trump by Jerry Silverman, CEO of JFNA, here. Additionally, JFNA does not comment on presidential staff appointments. As the local arm of JFNA, Charleston Jewish Federation takes our lead from JFNA's leadership on this matter.

That said, we also listen, convene and work closely with our local Charleston leadership, both Jewish and government, to respond to challenges and issues relevant to the Jewish community as they arise across the Lowcountry. If you're interested in learning more or participating in local discussions and actions please contact Rebecca Engel at

The Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Charleston is an arm of the Charleston Jewish Federation and a supporting member of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs. We take our lead here as well, and harken to their mission to "lead, support, shape, coordinate and represent the Jewish community relations movement in order to advance the interests of the Jewish people, support Israel’s quest for peace and security, and promote a just American society and world." 

JCPA President, David Bernstein, has issued three articles this week regarding the 2016 election.

1) JTA - Worst fears, best hopes for the Trump presidency: David Bernstein, JCPA

2) Forward - We have to congratulate Trump. He's too important to be treyf to us

3) EJewishPhilanthropy - Four Reasons Jewish Federations Should Bolster their JCRCs


Below is a non-exhaustive list of recent articles by Jewish publications regarding the election. Charleston Jewish Federation is not responsible for the opinions shared in these articles. 

JTA - Congratulating Trump, Jewish groups call on president-elect to unite the country

JTA - Meet the Jews in Donald Trump's inner circle

The Forward - Condemn or court? Bannon appointment a dilemma for Jewish groups seeking access to Trump

JTA - Jews and Muslims ramp up alliances in wake of Trump's election

​Forward - Some of Steve Bannon's friends are Jewish - and they love his Zionism


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