The Board of Rabbis and the Jewish Alliance are saddened, shocked, and outraged by the terror attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand today in which at least 49 people were murdered and scores more were injured while attending Friday prayers in two different mosques.
We understand the shared grief that comes with an attack on a religious institution. We strongly condemn this violence, motivated by racial and religious hatred, and we affirm our solidarity with all who have been targeted by ideologies of hate. As we approach Shabbat Zachor, we remember the commandment to remember Amalek, the embodiment of such hatred, and we renew our commitment to vanquish hatred by affirming the dignity of all life.
Our community stands with our Muslim brothers and sisters – in New Zealand, in Rhode Island, and around the world – in the face of extremist hatred and violence. We have reached out to our partners in the local community to express our support in this time of grief.
Together, we pray for the souls of the victims and for the recovery of those injured. We express our deepest condolences to the bereaved family members and send our love and compassion to the resilient people of Christchurch.
Rabbi Sarah Mack
President, Board of Rabbis of Greater Rhode Island
President & CEO, Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island