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This prayer is shared memoriam of the victims of racist terror and massacre of LGBT people in Orlando, FL, last Sunday. In the end, love wins.

Alden Solovy

In Orlando early Sunday, 49 people died in the deadliest mass shooting in U.S history, in an act of domestic hate and terror focused on a popular gay nightclub. May the memories of the righteous be a blessing.

Alden Solovy
Yad Vashem

Genocide has been in the news lately. On March 17th, Secretary of State John Kerry declared, “In my judgment, Daesh (ISIS) is responsible for genocide against groups in areas under its control, including Yazidis, Christians, and Shia Muslims.” But unless the world’s most powerful nation fulfills its legal and moral obligation under the Genocide Convention, thousands more men, women, and children will fall victim to the crime that once had no name.

Aron Hirt-Manheimer

Ten of the Titanic’s victims were buried in Halifax’s Jewish Baron de Hirsch Cemetery, but it is not known whether any of them were in fact Jews. The local rabbi, in a rush to identify Jewish victims and bury them within the prescribed time under Jewish law, reportedly spirited away 10 male bodies awaiting interment in the Protestant graveyard and instead buried them in the Jewish cemetery.

Aron Hirt-Manheimer

May the people of Belgium, when a sufficient time of grieving has passed, “enjoy light and gladness, happiness and honor,” like those of Persia long ago.

By Rabbi David Wirtschafter

The Ruderman Family Foundation recently released The Ruderman White Paper on Media Coverage of Law Enforcement Use of Force and Disability. As an authority on the topic of disabilities, the foundation issued this groundbreaking report to share its own perspective and help readers understand this complex issue.

Rabbi Edythe Held Mencher, L.C.S.W.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Brussels in the wake of today’s terrorist attacks.

Rabbi David Wirtschafter

In the midst of the water crisis here in Flint, MI, Shapiro’s Delicatessen of Indianapolis – purveyors of exceptional Jewish foods since 1905 – traveled 300 miles to deliver a “We stand with you” meal to Flint’s Jewish community on the last Shabbat in January.

David Stanley

This story of Israel’s diversity, coexistence and humanitarian aid as evidenced by the Galillee Medical Center community moves me, and especially now, I feel it is important to share it with others.

Sharon Mann

Similar to governmental leadership on this issue, the Jewish community in Canada has taken great strides in their response to this crisis.

Rachel Landman


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