Colorado Interfaith Community Joins in Solidarity after Colleyville
(DENVER) – Community, government, and faith leaders in Colorado took part in a virtual event, Responding to Antisemitism: An Interfaith Call to Action, on Tuesday, January 18, 2022. A link to the recording is below.
Leaders are acting in response to the incident at Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas on Saturday where a rabbi and three congregants were taken hostage during worship services and held at gunpoint for 11 hours.
“This attack against a sacred community in the middle of such services should be of importance to all people. It is a bedrock principle that all of us, no matter our religion, should be allowed to pray free from fear. Antisemitism has reached a high-water mark in the United States. The entire country should be alarmed when there is violence at any worship space.”— Scott Levin, Regional Director of the Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) Mountain States Region
Speakers at the virtual gathering included Colorado Governor Jared Polis, Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser, Rep. Iman Jodeh, Rep. Dafna Michaelson Jenet, President of Rocky Mountain Rabbis and Cantors Rabbi Brian Field and President-Elect Rabbi Emily Hyatt, Denver Police Chief Paul Pazen, the ADL’s Scott Levin, and President and CEO of Jewish Colorado Rabbi Jay Strear.
Speakers also included representatives from the Downtown Denver Islamic Center, the Catholic Archdiocese of Denver, the Greater Metro Denver Ministerial Alliance, Interfaith Alliance of Colorado, the Asian Pacific Development Center, and Colorado Sikhs.
The event was sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League, JEWISHcolorado, and Rocky Mountain Rabbis and Cantors.