January 29, 2023
The Central Conference of American Rabbis condemns, in the strongest terms, the murder of at least eight Israelis at an East Jerusalem synagogue. We mourn the deaths of the victims, each of them a unique and precious soul created in the Divine image. We pray for the healing of the injured.
Security forces killed the gunman, but if others were involved in plotting this attack, they must be brought to justice.
Reform rabbis will continue to pray for and pursue peace and an end to these unjustifiable acts of terror—from North America, in Israel, and wherever we live and serve. As we prepare to gather in Israel for our annual convention in the weeks ahead, we look forward to joining together with all who are working for a just and lasting peace. Every person living between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea deserves to live and to worship in peace and security.
Sha’alu sh’lom Yerushalayim! “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem!” (Psalms 122:6).
Rabbi Lewis Kamrass
Rabbi Hara E. Person
Central Conference of American Rabbis