Today, in the wake of the heinous shooting attack at a Jewish school in Toulouse, France, the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America issued the following statement:
All Jews feel responsible for each other, and never more keenly when any of our brethren come under attack for no reason except that they are Jews. The horrific murders today of four Jews in Toulouse, France, were an attack on all Jews everywhere. Our hearts go out to the bereaved families.
In the wake of this event, the Orthodox Union reminds our synagogues and schools to be in contact with their local law enforcement authorities, maintain their vigilance and review their security procedures.
The Orthodox Union will continue its work with federal, state and local homeland security agencies to ensure the security of our community.
In the words of a prayer for God’s compassion in this morning’s service, “We are given no rest.” May the day soon come when all hate is eradicated, and when God’s mercy extends over all.