(RNS) — Despite a boycott by leaders of major Jewish rabbinical associations, President Trump issued invitations to individual rabbis and Jewish laypeople for a High Holy Days conference call on Friday (Sept. 15).

The conference call tradition was begun by President Obama as a way of marking Judaism’s most sacred season which begins this year on Wednesday evening with Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, followed 10 days later by Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.

But after the violence at last month’s protest in Charlottesville, Va., where Trump appeared to sanction white supremacists by saying there were “very fine people” on

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