The New Rabbi tells the journey of the rabbi David Lazar of the Stockholm Jewish Community and his controversial and non-traditional approaches in unifying modern…
Early Friday morning, the Jewish Community of Stockholm announced that negotiations over rabbi David Lazar's contract had broken down and that the rabbi would be leaving his post. Stockholm's Jewish Community and rabbi David Lazar are "going separate ways". A press release from the Jewish Community cites controversy over Lazar's role. But speaking to Radio Sweden, Lazar says that he is exactly the rabbi he promised he would be.
"The Community has said there are many members who are not happy with the kind of rabbi I am,” Lazar said.
"While I'm sure that's the case, I've never hidden anything about my rabbinic calling. As early as interviewing for the job I made it clear that if I were to come, I would have to be free to work within the area of LGBT rights both religiously and civilly."
Lazar has been a rabbi at Stockholm's Great Synagogue since 2010. The rabbi's contract was up for renewal at the end of August.
However on Thursday night, the community's negotiators, Isak Abramowicz and Thomas Bab, wrote in a press release that they could not reach an agreement that satisfied Lazar, as well as the demands of the Jewish community.
Lazar says, however, that the Community gave him an offer they knew he could not accept. The Community had offered him another three year, temporary contract. "I told them at my age I can't accept a position that has no stability," Lazar said.
Radio Sweden has been in contact with the Jewish Community of Stockholm. They say they are not making any more comments.
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