This past Sunday afternoon, roughly 300 individuals braved the bitter cold and powerfully stood together as one at the Rhode Island Holocaust Memorial to denounce acts of hate that have recently been unleashed. This interfaith Vigil Against Hate, which was organized in response to the recent bomb threat called into our Dwares Jewish Community Center, eloquently spoke to the power of a unified community and the necessity for love, not enmity. As we usher in the holiday of Purim, a holiday that celebrates the deliverance of goodness over evil, please allow me once again to share the words that Alliance Board Chair Mitzi Berkelhammer and I spoke at the Vigil to express our gratitude towards to the Rhode Island Muslim Community, the Rhode Island State Council of Churches, the Board of Rabbis of Greater Rhode Island, and all of our other great friends from the Rhode Island interfaith communities who always stand together.
Now my friends, in the wake of this past week’s horrific threat at the Jewish Community Day School, there is no better time that we continue to stand together stronger than ever, and support one another and our Jewish community institutions. Now is the time that we conduct ourselves collectively, fearlessly and vigilantly.
Shabbat Shalom, Chag Sameach, “Never Again,” and only peace and safety for each and every one of us.
Mitzi Berkelhammer’s remarks:
Deuteronomy 1:10 tells us: A community is too heavy for anyone to carry alone.
I’m here to remind you that every story of hate, if you look hard enough, is filled with stories of love. This very public gathering today is a beautiful display of love and we are grateful to you all.
Jeffrey Savit’s remarks:
TheEthic of Reciprocity– often called the Golden Rule — simply states: