We stand together in support and mourning of two deadly mass shootings that occurred over the weekend and are being investigated as hate crimes: one at a Buffalo, NY supermarket in a predominantly Black neighborhood, the other at Taiwanese church in Laguna Woods, CA.
We are in total despair at the gun worship in this country and the havoc it wreaks, and are stricken with renewed grief as we add these acts of targeted violence to a growing list of tragedies that have occurred in this country in recent years.
Hate crimes cannot be met with silence! That is why we continue our efforts in the pursuit of social justice and work endlessly toward a world free of hatred and fear.
As rabbis, we are members of Colorado Faith Communities United to End Gun Violence. As members of this community, we participate in and support local and national organizations against violence and discrimination.
We urge you to join us, whether it be in actions, financial contributions, or simple words of compassion. One voice can change the world; one person can save the life of an entire generation.
Look to your place of worship or the Anti-Defamation League, which offers talking points to help your children process these horrors. The NAACP-RAC BoCo is offering a free Bystander Training Program on May 23rd. Click here for more information and to register.
Tzedek tzedek tirdof, “Justice, justice you shall pursue!”
Haver, The Rabbinic Council of Boulder
Rabbi Deborah Bronstein, Rabbi Emerita Congregation Har HaShem
Rabbi Ori Har DiGenarro, Conscious Learning Community
Rabbi Tirzah Firestone, Rabbi Emerita Congregation Nevei Kodesh
Morah Yehudis Fishman, Community Educator
Rabbi Ruth Gelfarb, Congregation Har HaShem
Rabbi Sarah Bracha Gershuny, Community Rabbi
Rabbi Lynne Goldsmith, Adventure Judaism
Rabbi Fred Greene, Congregation Har HaShem
Rabbi Jamie Korngold, Adventure Judaism
Rabbi Charna Rosenholtz, Community Rabbi
Rabbi Alan Shavit-Lonstein, Adventure Judaism
Rabbi Marc Soloway, Congregation Bonai Shalom
Rabbi Diane Tiferet Lakein, Community Rabbi