We were saddened and horrified by two new tragic shootings targeting innocents in Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas. There are no words to convey our grief and we struggle to find solace in prayer, yet our community’s commitment to stamp out hate and rise when things feel dark is well known.

During his days marching with the mighty Reverend Martin Luther King in the fight for civil rights, Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel’s words remind us to remain steadfast in the face of racism, xenophobia and hate, so as “to prevent the desecration of the soul and the violation of our dream of honest.” We must not let that dream be forsaken.

 JFNA and our Secure Community Network have been in touch with both communities to offer assistance. We send our prayers to the families of those slain and injured. May the memory of those that have passed be a blessing.