Jewish Leaders Defend Rev. Raphael Warnock Against Anti-Israel Accusations


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Rev. Raphael Warnock is being defended against charges of being anti-Israel--by Jewish leaders who say he has a long history of friendship with Jewish community. In the hours after a gunman in Pittsburgh opened fire at the Tree of Life Synagogue in 2018, the phone rang in Atlanta for Rabbi Peter Berg, the leader of The Temple, Atlanta’s oldest Jewish congregation. It was the Rev. Raphael Warnock, the senior pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church. “Raphael was the first to call,” Berg said. “(He said that) during this horrific moment of anti-Semitism in our country, he and the Ebenezer family are with us.”The pastor offering Berg comfort in 2018 is now running as a Democrat against Republican incumbent Kelly Loeffler in an increasingly ugly fight that could determine control of the U.S. Senate.