Board of Trustees Statement on HB2

Beth David Synagogue Board of Trustees Statement on HB2

Beth David’s Board of Trustees, at its April 2016 meeting, voted unanimously to issue a statement noting our regret about the passing of State law, HB 2. This statement has been disseminated to elected state representatives, Governor McCrory and Mayor Vaughn.

Beth David Synagogue, as stated by its Board of Trustees, and in light of recent controversy and public discussion regarding the rights of LGBT persons, states the following positions:

We express deep regret over the passing of House Bill 2, a law that eliminates protections against discrimination for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in municipal ordinances, and forces transgender people to use restrooms inconsistent with their gender identity. As part of the Jewish people, we are sensitive to discrimination in any form for, as a people, we have been discriminated against.

We reaffirm our longstanding policy of inclusion and will continue to treat all persons with equal dignity, without respect to any characteristics including sexual preference or gender identity.

Discrimination against any one person is discrimination against all of us. As our Torah tells us: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” We, therefore, stand and support the right of all peoples to live free of bias and harassment and will continue to welcome all who enter our doors and to treat all people with dignity and humanity.

As a Jewish institution, we follow the sacred teachings of our Torah, our sages and prophets, one of whom, Rabbi Hillel, told us: If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am only for myself, what am I? And if not now, when?”