Forward, October 24, 2017
AIPAC may have secretly written your rabbi’s sermon.
Each week, the pro-Israel lobby the American Israel Public Affairs Committee sends out two prewritten sermons to rabbis across the United States, pushing AIPAC’s legislative agenda and its policy goals.
And each week, AIPAC reminds rabbis that they shouldn’t tell congregants where they got the pre-written texts. They are “intended for your use without attribution,” AIPAC writes in the footer of its mailer, titled “Sermon Tidbits.” “Feel free to use some or all of the material.”
Amid an ongoing debate over whether rabbis should preach politics, the AIPAC-drafted sermons show that some advocacy groups use their communications departments to influence rabbis’ messages — and that sometimes, that influence is hidden.