Following a White House meeting today in which administration officials sought to engage with national faith leaders regarding President Donald Trump’s nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court, Rabbi Julie Schonfeld, executive vice president of the Rabbinical Assembly, and Rabbi Steven Wernick, chief executive officer of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, issued the following statement:
We appreciate that the White House included us among approximately 20 faith leaders in an intimate discussion to learn more about Judge Neil Gorsuch, the president’s nominee to the Supreme Court. The Conservative movement has not taken an official position on Judge Gorsuch’s nomination. Conservative Judaism is an authentic and dynamic Judaism which has much wisdom to offer those who seek to apply Jewish meaning in the public square. The Rabbinical Assembly and the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism have decades of values-driven statements in regard to the important issues facing the United States that will likely come before the court. These issues include: protection of civil rights; support for reproductive freedom; support for same-sex marriage and LGBTQ rights; and gender equality to name a few. Statements on these and other topics can be found on the Rabbinical Assembly and USCJ websites.