Following the shocking events at Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas, please read this statement issued by our Masorti colleagues in the USA at the Rabbinical Assembly and The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism:
We are horrified by the hostage situation at the Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas, with whom we both identify and stand as Jews and as Americans, as we do with all of our communities.”What affects one of us, affects us all,“ commented Rabbi Jacob Blumenthal, CEO of both USCJ and The Rabbinical Assembly. “This attack on peaceful Jewish worship, despite our community’s vigilance, creates fear, frustration, anger, and sorrow. Our prayers are with the families of Beth Israel and we will continue to have the Colleyville community, including its law enforcement, in our thoughts.,” concluded Rabbi Blumenthal.We are sincerely grateful for all the first responders, members of local law enforcement, and the FBI. We are also thankful for the Texas Department of Public Safety, as well as our partners at the Secure Community Network (SCN).
As rabbis, cantors, and Jewish communal leaders, we stand firmly with the Texas Jewish community and must ensure that Jews are able to worship freely, safely, and never in fear. We are reminded of tradition’s Hashkiveinu prayer, recited each evening, which takes on new meaning in times of crisis such as these:
“Cause us to lie down, God, in peace, and raise us up again, our Sovereign, for life.
Spread over us Your tabernacle of peace,
And guide us with Your good counsel.
Save us for Your name’s sake.
Shield us from every enemy, plague, sword, famine, and sorrow.
Remove the adversary from before and behind us.
Shelter us in the shadow of Your wings,
Guard our going out and our coming in, and grant us life and peace, now and always.
Praised are You, God, who spreads Your tabernacle of peace over us,
And over all Your people Israel and over Jerusalem.”
Here’s a link to their fuller statement, written while the situation was ongoing.