We’re still processing the news that Jews at prayer were targeted in an antisemitic attack this past Shabbat.
We are so relieved that Rabbi Cytron-Walker and his congregants were able to escape with their lives. We send prayers, peace and healing to the victims of this horrifying incident, their families and the Dallas Jewish community at large.
Especially in the wake of antisemitic violence, we must remember our strength as well as our safety comes from community, solidarity and radical love. Jews, like all people, deserve to pray together safely. We are committed to imagining what safety looks like beyond increased policing in our shuls.
Jewish people across the country took solace in the outpouring of support for our community from our neighbors of other faiths. Indeed, the first colleagues to reach out to us locally were from the Muslim community.
We reject divisive attempts to hold an entire community responsible for the actions of one individual. It is evident through our work with partner organizations that violence in its many forms is fostered by white supremacy, systemic racism and economic oppression.
Times like these renew our need to understand the roots of this violence so we can build power to fight it. Join us on February 3rd at 7PM for an evening of discussion on how we can better understand and dismantle antisemitism in our communities.
Allie Zeff, Executive Director