“The attack on the Tree of Life Congregation is an absolutely sickening event that has me and my colleagues deeply concerned. As a former member of the Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey and a current advisory board member of Jewish Family and Community Services I am appalled by this savage crime of hate. After a visit to Poland last month, my wife and I visited the Nazi death camp of Auschwitz. At this memorial to the holocaust I saw the results of anti-Semitic behavior at its worst possible apex. Today’s event is a stark reminder to that hallowed ground where millions of Jews lost their lives to the Nazis and the work we need to do as a community to ensure it never happens again. The attack in Pittsburgh is the most grisly, horrific event ever perpetrated on Jewish worshipping people in American history.
Moving forward, we as a community must disavow the kind of hate and bigotry that created a place for such horrific actions. It is critical that the founding principles of this nation are upheld and we work to fortify the fact that people are free to worship without persecution and feel safe to do so. As a county we must come together in a united voice to eliminate hate, bigotry and prejudice and focus on ensuring that we remain a place of love, tolerance and hold on to our best trait- diversity.”