Dr. Ruth Westheimer participates in the "Ask Dr. Ruth" panel during the Hulu presentation at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour at The Langham Huntington on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP)
On Oct. 29, in the wake of the mass shooting that left 11 congregants dead in a Pittsburgh synagogue, about 500 people and more than 20 clergy filled the Temple Emanu-El in Waterford for the Prayers for Pittsburgh vigil.
Words shared by Jerry Fischer, JFEC Executive Director, at "Prayer in Response to Pittsburgh: A Community Interfaith Vigil" on October 29
What can we say? What can we pray? What will make a difference? What will change our direction? For clearly we are going in the wrong direction.Jews have been killed. Blacks have been killed. Gays have been killed. Muslims have been killed.
It is too easy to explain the slaughter in Pittsburgh as the act of a crazy anti-semite. But this mad man had an agenda which he articulated on the internet. It was not just that all Jews must die. It was that Jews were responsible, through HIAS, for helping Muslim refugees come to America. He used this as a reason to kill Jews.
East Lyme High School students Zoe Gentles, 17, left, and Chris Cicchiello, 18, present choices regarding a number of current events as either setbacks or steps forward in racial relations during the culmination of the Encountering Differences program Thursday, May 24, 2018, at the school. Students from East Lyme, Plainfield and Norwich participated in the pilot program sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Eastern Connecticut in response to a series of racially charged incidents at high school sporting events. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
Published May 24. 2018 9:58PM | Updated May 24. 2018 10:02PM
Romana Strochlitz Primus, right, daughter of Holocaust survivors Rose and Sigmund Strochlitz, hugs Fiona Frederiks, a student at Lyme-Old Lyme High School, one of four schools participating in an Encountering Survivors ceremony at Lyme-Old Lyme High School on Wednesday, June 6, 2018. The students gave Primus a stuffed teddy bear as a thank you for all of her efforts in assisting them. Old Saybrook, Ledyard and Waterford schools also participated. (Tim Martin/The Day)
“Jewish Federations stand shoulder to shoulder with the Druze community and urge Israeli legislators to work with the community as soon as possible to address their very real concerns,” the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) statement said.