Last Thursday on August 2nd, the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs (JCUA) hosted 900 Jews and Muslims for “Iftar in the Synagogue” along with the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago and numerous other Jewish and Muslim community institutions. This was our largest “Iftar in the Synagogue” to date – an unprecedented interfaith celebration of diversity and solidarity. But in the wake of this event, we are now witnessing violent acts of hatred and racism devastating communities of faith in the Midwest.
Drawing on our founding principles and our basic understanding of the imperative to view every person as created in the image of God, JCUA strongly condemns the horrific murder of six members of the Sikh faith in Oak Creek, WI and mourns this terrible loss of life. Furthermore, JCUA is deeply saddened and concerned to learn that a mosque in Joplin, Missouri has been destroyed by a suspected arsonist earlier today.
“JCUA and its members continue to affirm the inherent worth and dignity of every human being. We are more committed than ever to build bridges across all races, ethnicities, and faiths,” said Judy Levey, JCUA’s CEO. “This is the only way to fight hate – through understanding and respect.”