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Condemning Violence in Houses of Worship

Today, I signed onto the following statement:

ORANGE COUNTY RELIGIOUS LEADERS UNITE TO CONDEMN VIOLENCE IN HOUSES OF WORSHIP

We, religious leaders and teachers from various faith communities, offer our condolences to the families and friends of worshippers around the world killed in the name of God or religion. We are especially dismayed that, more and more often, these killings occur in their houses of worship. We wish a speedy recovery to those injured in vicious attacks while they prayed and studied. The murder of innocent worshippers in a sacred place of prayer and reflection is an affront to all humanity.

We affirm the following as a universal Statement of Principles and encourage all people of faith to adopt it.

STATEMENT OF PRINCIPLES
Houses of worship are sacred spaces. They should not be desecrated by acts of aggression, violence or terror.

Houses of worship should be safe for people who pray and study in them.

Weapons, munitions and the tools of war should not be brought into or stored in any house of worship.

Houses of worship should not be used to house hostages, captives or prisoners.

These combative and aggressive activities violate the sanctity of houses of worship and place the people within them at unnecessary risk.

We call upon all people of good will to commit themselves to the inviolability, safety and security of all places of worship in the world. We pray that our cooperation and mutual respect will lead to a more peaceful society in the United States and abroad.


To see the signatories, you view the statement by clicking here .

ORANGE COUNTY BOARD OF RABBIS STATEMENT ON THE VICIOUS TERROR ATTACK PERPETRATED IN JERUSALEM, ISRAEL ON TUESDAY NOVEMBER 18

The Orange County Board of Rabbis stands with the people of Jerusalem and the State of Israel at this tragic moment of sadness. The inhuman murder of innocent worshippers in a sacred place of prayer and study is an affront to all humankind. Our hearts are joined with all who are mourning and with all who pray and work for peace.

We pray for the recovery of those injured, and we feel a deep bond with those who were murdered. We remember, along with all who mourn them around the world, Rabbi Avraham Shmuel Goldberg, Rabbi Aryeh Kopinsky, Rabbi Caiman Levine, and Rabbi Moshe Twersky. We recognize the heroism of SgtMajor Zidan Seif, the Israeli Druze policeman who gave his life preventing the terrorists from causing further harm. May all of their memories be a blessing, and may their families somehow find solace in this senseless moment of pain and grief.

We call upon all people of good will in Orange County to recommit themselves to the safety and security of Israel and of places of worship everywhere. May our actions lead to a more peaceful society in the United States and abroad.