A Message of Heartbreak and Hope

August 18, 2017 | Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit

A Special Shabbat Message from the Jewish Federation

This has been a heartbreaking week for the Jewish people, as well as for all those who remain the targets of senseless hatred and intolerance in our nation. The actions of neo-nazis, the KKK and other white supremacists in Charlottesville this week—culminating in the death of a young woman and the injury of scores of others—was a dark milestone in our nation’s history. We extend our most heartfelt condolences to the victims’ loved ones for this horrendous tragedy.

The Jewish Federation stands with the many other organizations that unequivocally denounce hatred, bigotry, racism, xenophobia and anti-semitism. We also believe that there can be no moral equivalency drawn between those who openly promote hatred and bigotry and those who oppose it.

We recognize that words and statements can only do so much, and we urge our community members to continue to set an example for openness and tolerance, qualities that are an essential part of our faith. As Jewish Detroiters, our ability to live in harmony with our neighbors from a multitude of backgrounds is a blessing that enriches all of our lives.

Tonight, as Shabbat begins, please consider taking a moment to remember the victims and to offer your hopes and prayers for an end to hatred. Remember, too, the innocent victims of terror that died just yesterday in Barcelona.

Together, may we be the light that brings peace to our world.

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