We are members of the Capital District Board of Rabbis, which, along with other local Jewish organizations, released the following statement in response to the death of George Floyd.
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Mourning the Senseless Killing of George Floyd
Our Jewish Community is grief-stricken. We stand in solidarity with our black brothers and sisters in the Jewish community and beyond, as we all mourn the violent death of George Floyd. Our community rejects racism and bigotry in all its forms in our society.
Along with Civil Rights leaders, local officials, and other religious leaders, we express our respect and empathy for every human being as we are taught that each person is created B’Tzelem Elohim [in sacred image of God]. We renew our commitment to pursue justice and to work together for meaningful and lasting systemic change.
Our tradition teaches: “Do not stand idly by while your neighbor bleeds” [Leviticus 19:16]. Therefore, we will uphold our responsibility to work alongside our neighbors to build a more equitable, caring, and just world.
- Capital District Board of Rabbis
- Jewish Family Services of Northeastern New York
- Albany Jewish Community Center
- Schenectady Jewish Community Center
- Jewish Federation of Northeastern New York