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Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven Statement in the Wake of Pittsburgh Shooting

With grief and outrage at the anti-Semitic mass shooting that took place at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh during Shabbat prayer, and by the cruel and senseless hate-crime shooting in Louisville, the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven unequivocally condemns bigotry and hate in all its forms.  Anti-Semitism, racism, xenophobia and political intimidation have no place in our democratic society.

“In our Jewish tradition, words carry the same weight as actions.  The Pittsburgh and the Louisville crimes and the pipe bombs for that matter, were all propelled by hate-filled rhetoric,” said Judy Alperin, CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven.  “That rhetoric must be condemned, whether it’s used at the Thanksgiving table, on social media, or by our elected officials,” said Alperin.

A day after the Pittsburgh shooting the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven held a community vigil with representatives across the faith community and ADL.  Notably, elected officials and political candidates from all parties were widely represented.  Participants included Cantor Mark Stanton of Temple Beth Tikvah in Madison, Rabbi Ben Scolnic of Temple Beth Sholom in Hamden, Rabbi Brian Immerman of Congregation Mishkan Israel in Hamden, Rev. Dr. Luk De Volder of Trinity Episcopal Church on the Green in New Haven, Rabbi Michael Farbman of Temple Emanuel in Orange, Rabbi Mendy Hecht of Orchard Street Shul in New Haven, Rabbi Fred Hyman of Westville Synagogue in New Haven, Rabbi Schneur Wilhelm of Woodmont Congregation in Milford, Rev. Steven Cousin of Bethel AME in New Haven, Cantor Malachi Kanfer of Congregation B’nai Jacob in Woodbridge, Fatma Antar of the Muslim Coalition of CT, Rabbi Sheya Hecht of Chabad of Orange, Rev. Lloyd Joiner of the Unitarian Society of New Haven, Rabbi Micah Ellenson of Temple Beth David in Cheshire, Rabbi Rona Shapiro of Congregation B’nai Jacob in Woodbridge and the Chair of the Board of Greater New Haven Rabbis, Moti Sandman of Congregation Chabad Lubavitch of New Haven, Judy Alperin as the CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven, and Rabbi Alvin Wainhaus of Congregation Or Shalom in Orange.  More than 800 people were in attendance.

“We are stronger than hate.  Coming together as a united community and praying for peace is our statement of resilience and strength”, said Judy Alperin, CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven at the vigil.

The Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven called for a community-wide Solidarity Shabbat (11/2-11/3) in which the Jewish community was encouraged to fill the pews of synagogues and show the world that love triumphs over hate.

The Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven remembers the victims of both hate crimes, which occurred within the past week and prays for the end of violence, bigotry and hate.  May their memory be a blessing:

  • Vickie Lee Jones, 67;
  • Maurice E. Stallard, 69;
  • Joyce Fienberg, 75;
  • Richard Gottfried, 65;
  • Rose Mallinger, 97;
  • Jerry Rabinowitz, 66;
  • Cecil Rosenthal, 59;
  • David Rosenthal, 54, brother of Cecil;
  • Bernice Simon, 84;
  • Sylvan Simon, 86, husband of Bernice;
  • Daniel Stein, 71;
  • Melvin Wax, 88; and
  • Irving Younger, 69.


The Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven is a non-profit organization that aims to lead, build, strengthen, and renew a dynamic local Jewish community and to provide support and caring for Jewish people in our community, Israel and worldwide.  We are guided by the traditional Jewish values of Torah (tradition, learning and deeds), Tikkun Olam (improving the condition of our world), Tzedakah (philanthropy and acts of loving kindness), and k’lal Yisrael (Jewish peoplehood).

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