Many of us are still in shock from yesterday’s deplorable attack in Jersey City that evoked the recurring pain of anti-semitism and violence. Horrific events like these now seem to occur every day, and yet this one, 20 miles away, really hit home.
When one human being is targeted, we feel it. When a member of the Jewish community is targeted, we feel it that much more profoundly.
Let us remember, in the face of such tragedy, that the best thing we can do, as members of the Jewish community, is stand strong and double down on that which makes us who we are. We double down in caring for each other, in being present for each other in simchas and sorrows, and in coming for programs, classes, events, and especially services.
This Friday night, we will celebrate Hanukkah early at Shabbat services. Hanukkah is the festival where we commemorate our victory over a people who sought to oppress and destroy us, and where we celebrate our hard-earned freedom to live as Jews. Come to Temple B’nai Abraham at 6:15 pm for a Hanukkah candle-lighting, and stay to pray and be together.
Let us remember that we are here for our fellow Jews and human beings. We are here for each other.
Rabbi David Z. Vaisberg
Dr. Bruce H. Greene, President