The Masorti Foundation joins with the global Movement of Conservative/Masorti Judaism in expressing our outrage at the terror committed against Muslim worshipers in Christchurch, New Zealand. May the victims’ memories be a blessing. May the perpetrators of this violence and hate, and the ideology behind it, be brought to justice. And may this tragedy encourage all to unite for a more just and compassionate world — Tzedek v’ Rachamim.
Our communal statement follows:
As the Jewish community is all too familiar with ethnic and religious hatred and violence, we are appalled by the terrorist attack that targeted two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand and took 49 innocent lives.
We wish comfort to our Muslim brothers and sisters, partners in faith, and to all those whose lives will be impacted by this tragedy. We pray the families of the deceased find peace and that the wounded recover fully and speedily.
When a gunman attacked the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA, the local mosques there were among the very first to help. Once again, we stand stronger together.
This latest attack is an unfortunate reminder that hate is on the rise globally. An act of hate against one community is an act of hate against us all. In this fearful time, we call for unity, not divisiveness. We offer love and support and pledge to work for the fulfillment of the promise of Leviticus 26:6: “I will grant peace to the land, and you shall lie down untroubled by anyone.”
Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs
Jewish Educators Assembly
The Jewish Theological Seminary
Masorti Foundation for Conservative Judaism in Israel
The North American Association of Synagogue Executives
The Schechter Institutes, Inc.
Seminario Rabinico Latinoamericano
Womens League for Conservative Judaism
Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies