Eyal Ronder, Vice President of the WUPJ, issued the following statement on behalf of the World Union and Beit Shmuel:
The World Union for Progressive Judaism is sad to report the cancellation of the Ministry of Health’s conference at Beit Shmuel on short notice. Beit Shmuel is open to a variety of audiences and groups without prejudice. We deeply regret that the reason for cancelling the event is because of Beit Shmuel’s connection to the Reform movement and find this unacceptable behavior by a government official or agency. Beit Shmuel will continue to serve the entire Israeli community as a pluralistic cultural and educational center that welcomes diverse populations without exception.