Rabbi Sam Spector said the Kol Ami Congregation in Salt Lake City hopes to highlight the tech company’s “allies” after an emotional meeting with the company’s board and employees.
Lehi .-based technology company Entrata is seeking to make amends with the Jewish community after co-founder and former board member Dave Bateman wrote hostile comments in a recent email.
Rabbi Sam Spector of Kol Ami Congregation announced Friday that the software company had made one of two “converting” donations to the Salt Lake City synagogue, with the other coming from Zions Bank of longtime donor.
“This is something we did not ask for, nor ask us to share publicly,” he wrote of Entrata’s gesture. “We chose to announce the gift to highlight the important ally this company has provided us.”
Bateman resigned from Entrata on January 4 after sending an anti-epidemic email to political leaders in Utah calling the COVID-19 vaccine a plot to “eat away at the American people.”
Sent in early January 3 from his word entrata.com account, Bateman’s email cites a simple conspiracy theory that portrays vaccines as an effort fueled by global “elite” including Bill Gates and George Soros to destroy the planet, blaming for this plan is for “Jews”.
It also includes references to a secret plot to replace the Catholic pope with a member of the Jewish faith, which Bateman wrote occurred in 2013 with the elevation of Pope Francis.
There is no evidence to support any of Bateman’s claims. Conspiracy theories has floated in a number of different iterations as of September 2020.
On Friday, He posted an apology on Instagram while also looking to double down on his statement, writes that while he has a “great love” for the Jews, “his beef is with the central bank khabbalist (sic), jews of the secret society.”
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Spector said he met with Entrata’s board on Jan. 8. Some attendees cried, the rabbi said in an interview, as they deeply apologized for Bateman’s comments .
“It was one of the most moving encounters I have ever had in my life,” he said.
Spector also praised Entrata’s swift action in severing all ties with Bateman. In addition to removing him from the board, a Tweet sent on January 8 from Entrata CEO Adam Edmunds stated that the company had informed Bateman that he must quickly divest his shares. its own — and Bateman agreed to “cooperate with that process.”
Spector said the Kol Ami Congregation’s board is keeping the amount secret; he also made clear that Zions Bank has long been a generous donor and their recent gift has nothing to do with the Entrata situation.
However, he said the new funding will allow the synagogue to focus on projects that their normal budgets would not normally allow. The board of directors will meet on Wednesday to decide exactly how the funds will be used.
Possible areas of need include replacing a 40-plus-year-old boiler, renovating a dilapidated parking lot, and updating the facility’s 50-year-old bathrooms. He also said their peak holiday prayer books were broken and that seven of their 10 Torahs needed fixing.
Another possible use of the money, he added, is to fund anti-Semitism projects. After a January 8 meeting with Entrata’s board of directors, Spector said he held a webinar with company employees where he covered how people can recognize and combat anti-Semitism.
He said nearly 1,000 employees watched and the presentation was recorded for others to view later. Many of the questions he gets during his presentation are about how people can become better allies, he noted.
Spector said: “This has been a really great experience. “Everybody was very attentive. They brought into the conversation their support and love for the Jewish community, and it was incredibly emotional. ”
Spector added that Dave Bateman isn’t the only one with bias and ignorance, so he hopes more companies will contact him or the United Jewish Federation of Utah for training. anti-Semitism.
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