Saturday, March 25, 2023

It is never easy to swallow one’s words and apologize for a serious mistake in public, but the Jewish Link is taking responsibility for a miscommunication that created a front page headline last week that did harm to Rabbi Lawrence Zierler. Our headline and the lead paragraph were wrong. Rabbi Zierler was not laid off. He was not fired. When he discovered, after leading the Jewish Center into Modern Orthodoxy and having met many of his mission goals, that the Center could no longer afford his salary, he graciously offered to step aside, and continues to consult and have amicable relations with the Center’s administrators. We deeply regret this error, and have learned that words are even more powerful than we know. (And the photo credit for the pictures that went with the story were not properly attributed to Michael Laves).


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