The Jewish Federation of Las VegasStands with the Community of Charleston at This Time of Tragedy
We stand with the people of Charleston, the city's faith community, and the congregants of the Emanuel AME Church, as well as all Americans, as together we confront the most horrific of acts - the hateful slaughter of innocents in a holy sanctuary.
We remember the victims of this senseless act of violence: Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, Reverend Clementa Pinckney, Cynthia Hurd, Tywanza Sanders, Myra Thompson, Ethel Lee Lance, Daniel L. Simmons, Rev. Depayne Middleton, and Susie Jackson. May their lives, deeds and memories be for a source of good deeds and blessings to their families, church and community.
We affirm the sanctity of every life and our commitment to building a just society where every individual is valued and cherished. We affirm our responsibility to pursue justice, work with our coalition partners, and support our law enforcement and justice system to build a better society.
On September 15, 1963, Klu Klux Klan terrorists killed four girls when they bombed the 16th Street Church in Birmingham, Alabama. The Reverend Martin Luther King said: “They died between the sacred walls of the church of God, and they were discussing the eternal meaning of love.” May we all strive to fulfill the commandment of our creator: “To love our neighbor as ourselves.”