We ran the wedding announcement because we felt, as a community newspaper, that it was our job to serve the entire community – something we have been doing for 80 years.
We did not expect the heated response we got, and – in truth – we believe now that we may have acted too quickly in issuing the follow-up statement, responding only to one segment of the community.
We are now having meetings with local rabbis and community leaders. We will also be printing, in the paper and online, many of the letters that have been pouring in since our statement was published.
We urge everyone to take a step back and reflect on what this series of events has taught us about the community we care so much about, and about the steps we must take to move forward together.
James Janoff, Publisher
New Jersey Jewish Standard