Reform Jews Slam Gafni for Calling Them Clowns


Israel’s Chairman of the Knesset Finance Committee Moshe Gafni is under fire for comments yesterday that Reform Jews are “clowns” and that “there will never, ever be recognition for this group of clowns, not at the Kosel and not anywhere else.”

The comment from Gafni came following the damaging decision made yesterday to establish an egalitarian prayer area at the Kosel where non-Orthodox Jews, mainly Reform and Conservative, can worship in mixed-gender services.

“On the same day the Israeli Government recognized the right of all Jews to worship at Judaism’s holiest site, strengthening Israel’s relationship with the vast majority of Diaspora Jews, a senior member of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s coalition once again has insulted the largest religious stream in the American Jewish community,” said Jay Ruderman, President of the Ruderman Family Foundation. “In calling over 1.5 million American Reform Jews ‘clowns,’ Chairman of the Knesset Finance Committee Moshe Gafni has attempted to drive a wedge between the Jewish State and the most significant Jewish community in the Diaspora.

“While MK Gafni may have religious disagreements with Reform Jews, he represents Prime Minister Netanyahu’s Government. The Prime Minister knows the vital role American Reform Jews play in ensuring the United States remains Israel’s greatest ally in the world and the potential destructiveness of MK Gafni’s remarks. The Prime Minister should immediately release a statement condemning MK Gafni’s remarks and officially distance his Government from such bigoted speech.”

{ Israel News Bureau}


  1. MK Gafni,
    Please don’t insult the clowns. Clowns have a tradition of making people laugh. Reform have no tradition. They change the rules of their false religion at their annual conventions. They laugh at Hashem and the Torah. Reform is not Judaism.

  2. Or better yet since when do these reformed clowns need Eretz Yisroel, they don’t daven for Mashiach to redeem the Children of Hashem

  3. Did he say clowns, or laitzanim? While modern Hebrew calls a clown a laitzan, I wouldn’t translate laitzanim that way if he was talking in the classical sense, as we understand laitzanus in the viduy or mussar seforim….