I want to thank the members of New Journey who attended the prayer service at the Chabad Jewish Center this past Sunday. We remembered those who were murdered at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill, Pennsylvania. We gave thanks for the response of communities around the country to their Jewish neighbors. We offered up our prayers to God who is with us through such troubling times.
The rabbi was clearly moved by the presence of other people of faith. There were not enough chairs for everyone who came to share their respects and to let our Jewish neighbors know that we are with them.
Whether you are currently in Fountain Hills or somewhere else, please make an attempt to get to know your neighbors of other faiths. Express an interest in them and a desire to get to know them better. Let them know through your actions that they are not alone. The bonds that we develop in painful times of loss can expand into times of relative calm, making all of us stronger and more compassionate. No one should have to wonder if we are with them. And then, let’s share our stories of what we discover about these neighbors who are Jewish and about ourselves in the process. May we all be courageous in extending our compassion and our commitment to assure that all people of faith are able to worship safely.