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Satellite view of Hurricane Harvey hitting Texas

God of earth and sea / Of ocean and shore / Source of All / This storm is relentless and unyielding / Bringing destruction and chaos...

Alden Solovy
Side view of the Washington Monument at twilight

I want to slam society against the wall and shout at the top of my lungs, “This is not right! This is not just! This is not the world that we are commanded to create"

Rabbi Joel N. Abraham
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
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
Lit votive candles placed in the shape of a heart

Read one rabbi's message to his congregation about the events in Chalottesville.

Rabbi Michael L. Feshbach
Stone wall engraved with the Biblical quote YOU ARE MY WITNESSES from Isaiah

If you won't stand for Hitler's legacy to rise again, then I ask you: When hate is screeched from the airwaves, you must stand on higher mountains and call out words of love and affirmation.

Rabbi Robert A. Nosanchuk
Closeup of an adult and a child holding hands

How do we help our children understand this world? How do we both protect them and make sure that they are knowledgeable enough to take action when needed?

Michelle Shapiro Abraham
Jewish students sitting on the steps of the Jefferson Memorial in Washington DC by candlelight

I couldn’t help but notice the similarities between their protest and our Havdalah services – and the deep differences those parallels represent.

Kate Bigam
Paper stick figures holding hands around a lit candle

After the nation moves on, we will be left to pick up the pieces. Fortunately, this is a very strong and capable Jewish community, blessed to be led by incredible rabbis.

Alan Zimmerman

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