The Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island strongly condemns the deliberate act of arson that took place at Shiloh Gospel Temple Ministries in North Providence. No worshiper of any religion should be made to feel threatened or in danger when practicing their faith.

We applaud the first responders in North Providence who swiftly dealt with the fires, as well as State and Federal authorities for apprehending the suspect.

Our state was founded on religious freedom, and this act of violence at a house of worship is unconscionable. The Jewish community has a long history of rejecting hate in all its forms, and we stand in solidarity with our neighbors when they are under threat.