People of every faith, every background, and from every corner of our nation must stand with our Jewish brothers and sisters in the face of the horrific hate crime at the Tree of Life Congregation Saturday. Eleven brutal murders at a synagogue on the Sabbath is a hateful, anti-Semitic attack, and an attack on our shared values and our common humanity. In this moment of grief and pain, let us remember solidarity.
Remember the victims, those injured, and lift up the names of Joyce Feinberg, Richard Gottfried, Rose Mallinger, Jerry Rabinowitz, brothers Cecil Rosenthal and David Rosenthal, wife and husband Bernice Simon and Sylvan Simon, Daniel Stein, Melvin Wax, and Irving Younger. Remember their families and our shared communities.
Just as our shared communities stood together in solidarity in the wake of the murders of nine congregants in Bible study at Mother Emmanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston – we must again, solemnly join together in honoring victims of gun violence unjustly taken from their families, friends, and our communities far too soon. We must also recommit to ending the scourge of gun violence and standing united against hate.