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As the nation, indeed the world, stood with us after the horrific, anti-Semitic attack on our and other congregations in Pittsburgh, Congregation Dor Hadash and all of its members stand with the victims of Wednesday night’s ghastly mass murder in Thousand Oaks, California. We are horrified that so many lives were lost, so many innocent people were injured, and so many young college students appear to have been victimized. At this time, we are reminded of the lyrics to one of Debbie Friedman’s well known songs:
“Childhood was for fantasies, for nursery rhymes and toys. The world was much too busy to understand small girls and boys. As I grew up, I came to learn that life was not a game, that heroes were just people that we called another name. And the old shall dream dreams, and the youth shall see visions, and our hopes shall rise up to the sky. We must live for today; we must build for tomorrow. Give us time, give us strength, give us life.”
There is no place in this world for hate or violence. It must stop. California, we hear your cries, and we are here for you. Just let us know what you need. Dor Hadash will help you however it can. May their memories be a blessing.
Statement by Dor Hadash regarding the tragic event at the Tree of Life Building.
The Dor Hadash congregation is deeply saddened by the tragic event at the Tree of Life building and the hatred that could have driven someone to commit these atrocities. As a congregation, we mourn for all the lives lost in our shared sacred space. We deeply appreciate the continual outpouring of support from our local community, and from communities both near and far who stood vigil with us. This overwhelming response of compassion will help us to traverse the next days and weeks. May we all walk in the way of peace.