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Temple Israel Stands with our Brothers and Sisters of Color

From the President of the Board of Trustees
I have been struggling with finding the right words to provide what I feel is an appropriate response to the racial injustice we keep seeing over and over in this country. I am numb. I am deeply and desperately saddened. George Floyd is yet another name in a tragically long list. When and where does it stop? Unfortunately, there are no right or eloquent words that I can say, no wisdom that I can impart. The only thing that I have to offer is my hope and plea for humanity and equality among all people.
As Jews we strive for social justice because it is morally right. What happened to Mr. Floyd is so, so terribly wrong and I pray that this will never happen again. We must find a way to make a difference and bring racism to an end. To our congregants and all people of color, I stand with you, Temple Israel stands with you.

L'Shalom,

Susan Nipper
Temple Israel President

president@templeisraeltlh.org



From the RAC (Religious Action Center)
Rabbi Pesner's statement reads:
May 30, 2020; New York, NY – Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner, director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism and senior vice president of the Union for Reform Judaism, issued the following statement:
On Shavuot, as we received the Torah anew, with its unbending demand for justice, we also witnessed protests in Minneapolis, Louisville, and around the United States following the all-too-familiar lethargy in bringing George Floyd’s killers to justice.
The national rage expressed about the murder of Mr. Floyd reflects the depth of pain over the injustice that People of Color – and particularly Black men – have been subjected to throughout the generations. In recent months we have seen, yet again, too many devastating examples of persistent systemic racism, leading to the deaths not only of Mr. Floyd but of other precious souls, including Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery.
We remember others before them: Eric Garner. Tamir Rice. Trayvon Martin. Sandra Bland. Oscar Grant. Philando Castile. Walter Scott. Terrence Crutcher. Samuel Dubose. Michael Brown. The list feels endless, and so too is our despair. But as we recite the Mourner’s Kaddish for them all, we say now, again: We will not sit idly by.
Our country simply cannot achieve the values of “justice for all” to which it aspires until we address ongoing racism in all sectors and at all levels of society. We remain in solidarity and action with the NAACP’s urgent #WeAreDoneDying campaign, whose policy demands cover areas of criminal justice, economic justice, health care, and voting, especially as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disproportionately impact Black Americans. As the NAACP says, “Senseless hate crimes and incidence of COVID-19 cases and deaths spreading throughout the Black community display the continuance of systematic racism and privilege granted to white people in America.”
We pray for the families of Mr. Floyd, Ms. Taylor, Mr. Arbery, and all those whose lives have been so cruelly and violently taken, and we renew our commitment to working to achieve a nation that exemplifies compassion and justice for all.


Read more form the URJ on our call for Justice HERE


 

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