Please look in today's Standard-Times
or southcoasttoday.org for this published response
(or see below) from our community to the tragedy in California over the weekend.
Fall River, Pittsburgh & San Diego - Enough
The Jewish community of Greater New Bedford is shocked, angry and horrified at the senseless, violent attack on Chabad of Poway in California. Lori Kaye (60) was murdered; Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein (57), Almog Peretz (34) and 8-year-old Noya Dayan were injured.
We mourn the loss of life, pray for the quick recovery of the injured, and stand in solidarity with the Jewish communities in Poway, San Diego and worldwide. We condemn this despicable act of hatred and anti-Semitism. Six months to the day after the attack on the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, and on the last day of Passover, Jews who came together for prayer, celebration and remembrance were targeted. The Jewish world is once again in mourning. Our hearts go out to the victims, their families and their loved ones. May the memory of the precious lives lost on Saturday be for a blessing.
Amidst attacks on churches in Sri Lanka and Louisiana and a mosque in Christchurch, we must stand firm in solidarity and not allow our society to be ripped apart by hatred and polarization. As a community we must stand together and condemn all forms of hatred and bigotry because hate speech leads to deadly actions. We encourage our leaders to speak out forcefully against acts of hatred and show that our country and our society provide no safe harbor or sympathy for those who commit violence against Jews or any targeted members of society.
Next Sunday we will commemorate Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, as we do each year. We will gather at the Holocaust Monument in Buttonwood Park. Join us on May 5th at 6:15PM. Weeks after the horrible cemetery desecration in Fall River it is more important than ever that we stand together - all human beings, from all communities - and say enough is enough. We are heartened by the outpouring of support from our friends on the Greater New Bedford Inter-church Council and the Islamic Society of Southeastern Massachusetts. They stand with us at this time of tragedy and will stand shoulder to shoulder with us next Sunday.
Coming together, we will defeat the forces that threaten freedoms of all kinds.
Amir Cohen-Executive Director Jewish Federation of Greater New Bedford
Martin Lipman-President Jewish Federation of Greater New Bedford
Rabbi Raphael Kanter-Tifereth Israel Congregation
Ellen Hull-President Tifereth Israel Congregation