Jewish Federation in the Heart of New Jersey expresses empathy and solidarity following the hate-filled attacks across Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday. We share the sentiment of the following statement, issued by Jewish Federations of North America:
We were overwhelmed to learn about the horrific and cowardly attacks on people gathered peacefully for prayer and celebration in Sri Lanka. Our houses of worship of all faiths must be safe and welcoming spaces for all. Our deepest condolences go out to the families of those who were slain and the communities who are grieving. Our prayers go out to those who are recovering from injuries. We must not rest until this hate is ameliorated from our world – completely.
In response, the community is invited to an interfaith vigil this Monday (Apr. 22), organized by the Franklin Township Interfaith Council, at Masjid-e-Ali mosque in Somerset, a community interfaith partner, at 6:30PM. Guests will include Rabbi Eli Garfinkel, Mayor Phil Kramer of Franklin Twp., an ambassador of Sri Lanka, and several officials and clergies. Learn more at www.masjid-e-ali.org.