AFTA Holds On to Our Humanity

We mourned the tragedy that occurred in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania six months ago (October 27, 2018), when 11 cherished relatives were killed while Shabbat morning services were being held at the Tree of Life Synagogue.

We spoke to the heartbreak of learning that two mosques were attacked in Christchurch, New Zealand during Friday prayer on the 15th of March 2019, leaving more than 50 beloved family members dead.

Last week more than 300 dear grandparents, mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles, sisters, brothers, and children were murdered on Easter Sunday, April 21st, when eight churches and hotels were targeted in Sri Lanka.

While celebrating the last day of Passover on April 27th, congregants at The Chabad of Poway Synagogue in California were victims of a shooting that left one dear wife and mother dead and two much loved community members injured.

On this same day, four adored members of one Sikh family were found shot to death in their home in West Chester, Ohio.

Just this Tuesday, April 29th two more precious kin were shot and killed and four more injured on the University of North Carolina-Charlotte campus for reasons not known at the time this statement was being written.

For the sake of our humanity, let us not say nothing because there is nothing new to say.

Sarah Berland, LCSW                   

Family Policy/ Human Rights Chair

Victoria C. Dickerson, Ph.D.


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