Central Conference of American Rabbis Statement on American Democracy

November 4, 2020

Since its earliest days in the 19th century, the Central Conference of American Rabbis has been a stalwart proponent of American democracy. We have therefore been motivated by unprecedented voter turnout, which affirms the vibrancy of our democracy.

We write at a moment of great uncertainty, including about the outcome of the U.S. presidential election. We insist that no winner be declared until every lawfully cast vote is counted. Only the American people are sovereign to choose their President and Vice President—not a court, not current federal or state officials, and not the media.

Reform rabbis join in the prayer that this difficult period will pass peacefully, without violence. We urge all Americans to give election officials the time they need to count every vote. Only then, after a long and hard-fought election, may our nation come together to pursue peace and justice for all.

Rabbi Ronald Segal
Central Conference of American Rabbis

Rabbi Hara E. Person
Chief Executive
Central Conference of American Rabbis