A Message About the Anti-Semitic Attack in Monsey

Rabbi M. Bruce Lustig

Dear Friends, 

I deplore the violent hate crime committed against a rabbi and his friends in his home on Saturday night. The horrible irony is not lost that this attack came as they gathered to light the hanukkiyah and celebrate our historic fight for religious freedom.

Washington Hebrew Congregation stands shoulder to shoulder with our allies against all acts of bigotry, hatred, and violence, and we are comforted by the outreach from so many of our interfaith partners in this fight. We will continue to call upon our partners and elected leaders to join us in speaking out for religious freedom and safety against this rising tide of anti-Semitism.

Last night, we lit our final Hanukkah candles. Their bright, beautiful light and all that they symbolize live within us every day, inspiring us to work toward a civil society that honors all members of the human family irrespective of color or creed. Our Torah teaches us that “we are all children of God created in the Divine image.”

May the families of all the victims of this hatred know our love and hear our prayers.