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STATEMENT ON CAPITOL ATTACKS

 

As Executive Director and President of our Jewish Federation, we, along with most Americans are appalled by the attack on the Capitol on Wednesday and the violence that occurred.  Peaceful demonstration is a part of the very fabric of our country and our Jewish values.  Violence and hatred are not.

 

We were shocked and saddened to see demonstrators wearing and carrying pro- Nazi slogans.  We condemn this display of anti-Semitism and hatred as intolerable not solely to members of the Jewish community, but to all Americans who cherish freedom and the right to practice religion as we choose to.

 

We send our prayers to the families of the officers who lost their lives defending our freedom. We express our appreciation to all who risked their lives protecting members of Congress.

 

Please join us in fulfilling our role as a Jewish organization in protecting our most vulnerable and working for the preservation of a pluralistic society, which fosters conditions in which we are secure and free to flourish.  We call on everyone in our government to ensure a peaceful transition to a new administration on January 20.  Let us speak in a unified non-partisan voice for respectful and peaceful actions as we continue to fight this Pandemic and repair the world. In order for others to stand with us, we must first stand together.

 

May the One who grants peace to the heavens, bring peace upon us, upon our nation and upon the world.

 

Shabbat Shalom,

 

Alan Margolies and Iris Kraemer