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A circle of people with linked arms on the bima of a synagogue

After a spree of white supremacist violence in Sacramento in 1999, collaboration, solidarity, and hope followed. I’ve carried this lesson with me for 18 years.

Sofi Hersher
Babys arm on hospital blankets wearing a blue hospital ID bracelet around its wrist

Our family rejected one name’s legacy of slavery for another’s possible intimation of anti-Semitism. It was a small, quiet act of brit olam, our vision for a world filled with justice and compassion.

Joan Hocky
Outside view of Congregation Beth Israel building in Charlottesville, VA

When I learned there had been 400 men chanting “Jews will not replace us” on the University of Virginia grounds, my first thought was for Congregation Beth Israel.

Dahlia Lithwick
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Because this past week has been difficult for our nation and our Jewish community, it is imperative that we respond with love, inclusion, and compassion.

April Baskin

Holocaust survivor, author, and Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel, who died on July 2, 2016, spoke with a moral authority rarely matched in his lifetime. In this critical time, we return to his 2005 words.

Aron Hirt-Manheimer
A row of lit votive candles

Last week’s vandalism of a synagogue in California was more upsetting in the wake of white supremacist violence in Charlottesville. Learn how the community responsed.

Rabbi Ruth Adar
Rabbis Tom Gutherz and Rachel Schmelkin of Congregation Beth Israel in Charlottesville stand in a synagogue sanctuary together with Union for Reform Judaism President Rabbi Rick Jacobs

May we continue to be inspired by Congregation Beth Israel to turn darkness into light, to turn fear into resolve, to turn xenophobia into acceptance, and to turn hatred into hope.

Rabbi Rick Jacobs
Mans hands using a Mac laptop while sitting on a couch

Watch live this Shabbat as rabbis, cantors, and Jewish leaders across North America speak about and reflect upon the events in Charlottesville and their aftermath.

Jane E. Herman
Disembodied hands holding a newspaper

Since last Shabbat, more than a few keystrokes have been devoted to Charlottesville – the rally itself, events in the aftermath, and  perspectives on what it all means for our Jewish community. 

Jane E. Herman
Paper stick figures holding hands in a circle against a blue background

I can't stop thinking about #Charlottesville, and I can't stop thinking about this phrase "alt-right" – or how it is absolutely, inherently wrong.

Rabbi Cookie Lea Olshein


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