Dear Editor, 

The East Brunswick Interfaith Clergy Council strongly condemns the horrific act of antisemitism and the loss of life at the shooting in Jersey City. We are heartbroken by this tragedy. Our hearts and prayers are with the victims, their families and their community.

We mourn the loss of the victims and the heroic Detective Joseph Seals.

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No one should ever feel fear in their everyday lives due to intolerance and hatred. This action, specifically targeting a Jewish community, in a grocery store, goes against everything we stand for as people of faith and as a country that is committed to freedom of religion.

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. 

 

The Reverend Jill Ellen Collict         Pastor, Nativity Evangelical Lutheran Church

Rabbi Eric Eisenkramer                    Temple B’Nai Shalom

Father Mark Hanna                            Saint Mary Coptic Orthodox Church

Muhammad 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 Efrayim Unterman                 Young Israel of East Brunswick

Father Thomas Walsh                      Pastor of Saint Bartholomew Catholic Church

Pastor Thomas Wong                      Point Community Church of East Brunswick