The news of the massacre at a Mosque in New Zealand is another reminder of the destructive virus of acts of hatred and violence that shatter our world. The painful echoes of Charleston and Pittsburgh are heard again.
As an organization that brings people through hospitality, we are especially pained when people who are engaged in worship are cruelly taken from the world in an act of rage and hatred. We practice hospitality to bring people closer and to welcome the stranger. These acts are antithetical to a humane outlook and way of life.
In solidarity with the Muslim community, the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh has established the New Zealand Islamophobic Attack Emergency Relief Fund. Please consider making a donation.
Rabbi Dov Gartenberg
Convener and Director of Panim Hadashot