EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - The East Brunswick Interfaith Clergy Council strongly condemns the horrific attacks that have taken place just one day apart in New York and Texas.

The first was in a home during a Chanukah celebration in Monsey.  Sadly, this stabbing of five people is not an isolated incident. Following on the heels of the attack in Jersey City, this is the fifth anti-Semitic incident in the New York area this week. We are heartbroken and outraged by the increasing frequency of these occurrences.

The second was a shooting at the West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement, Texas. Once again our thoughts and prayers are with the two victims killed in a house of worship.

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No one should ever feel fear in their everyday lives due to intolerance and hatred. These actions, specifically targeting religious communities, go against everything we stand for as people of faith and as a country that is committed to freedom of religion. 

This is a lesson that no one is exempt, and we must come together, learn about each other, interact with one another and build a society and a world of tolerance.  As a clergy council, we urge everyone to attend an activity with another religious or ethnic group. Let East Brunswick be an example for others and set the tone for harmony and understanding.

We urge all religious and civic leaders to work together and to speak out against hatred and bigotry in any form. We urge everyone to be tolerant of others. Only by remaining united can we achieve the goal of a more kind, just and peaceful world.  

Reverend Jill Ellen Collict                               Pastor, Nativity Evangelical Lutheran Church

Rabbi Eric Eisenkramer                                   Temple B’nai Shalom

Father Mark Hannah                                      Saint Mary Coptic Orthodox Church

Muhammed Hashmi                                       Islamic Center of East Brunswick

Reverend Karen G. Johnston                          Settled Minister, The Unitarian Society

Rabbi Shlomo Landau                                     Torah Links of Middlesex County

Reverend Erica Munoz                                   Pastor, Aldersgate United Methodist Church

Reverend Ed Hoener                                       Trinity Presbyterian Church

Rabbi Jeff Pivo                                               East Brunswick Jewish Center

Rabbi Efayim Unterman                                 Young Israel of East Brunswick

Father Thomas Walsh                                     Pastor, Saint Bartholomew Catholic Church

Pastor Thomas Wong                                     Point Community Church of East Brunswick