Synagogue of officer ousted by Trump after testimony declares support for him
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Synagogue of officer ousted by Trump after testimony declares support for him

Adat Reyim congregation says it is proud to back Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman following his firing from National Security Council; his family asks that donations be made in his honor

Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman arrives to testify at the House Intelligence Committee hearing on the impeachment inquiry of US President Trump in Washington, November 19, 2019. (Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images via JTA)
Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman arrives to testify at the House Intelligence Committee hearing on the impeachment inquiry of US President Trump in Washington, November 19, 2019. (Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images via JTA)

JTA — Alexander Vindman’s synagogue in Springfield, Virginia, is accepting letters of support on his behalf.

Vindman, the Jewish staffer who was among the first to raise flags about US President Donald Trump’s pressure on Ukraine to investigate a political rival, was removed from his position as an expert on US policy in Ukraine at the National Security Council on Friday.

“The Vindman family is a valued member of Congregation Adat Reyim’s community of friends. We are proud to support Lt Colonel Alex Vindman during this challenging time,” Rebecca Geller, co-president of Congregation Adat Reyim, told JTA.

In addition, for those seeking ways to show support, the Vindman family has requested donations be made to the synagogue via www.adatreyim.org in Alexander Vindman’s honor.

Trump also recalled Gordon Sondland, US ambassador to the European Union. Both Vindman and Sondland testified against Trump in the US House of Representatives, providing damaging testimony that led to Trump’s impeachment. Their removal comes just days after Trump was acquitted by the Republican-led US Senate in an impeachment trial.

Also Friday, Vindman’s twin brother, Lt. Col. Yevgeny Vindman, was asked to leave his job as a White House lawyer. Both Vindmans, Jews who immigrated with their father from Ukraine in 1979, were reassigned to the Army.

Vindman said during his testimony that his father feared that his speaking out would bring retaliation.

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