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Walking Out: Fla. Rabbi Loses Job After Protesting Donald Trump

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Walking Out: Fla. Rabbi Loses Job After Protesting Donald Trump

Jun 21, 2016 by Simon Brown in Wall of Separation

A Florida rabbi may have lost his job because he protested Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at a conference in Washington, D.C.

The Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA) reported that Temple Beth David in Palm Beach Gardens recently declined to renew the contract of Rabbi David Paskin. Exactly why that happened, however, is unclear.

Back in March, Paskin joined a group of Conservative rabbis who protested Trumpís appearance at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) conference by walking out. According to JTA, about 300 people from the audience of 18,000 walked out on Trump.

AIPACís conference this year featured big-name speakers besides Trump, such as Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, Vice President Joe Biden (D) and U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.).

The groupís decision to invite Trump was seen as controversial from the start, and the group ultimately apologized for the reality TV starís appearance afterward because Trump failed to obey a longstanding conference rule when he advanced a partisan agenda.



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