JCUA and Chicago Jewish Leaders Condemn Shooting of Mosque

The Muslim Education Center in Morton Grove

UPDATE [8/13/12] Since this statement was drafted, we have learned of yet another attack on a Muslim institution in Chicago’s suburbs; a home-made bomb was thrown at an Islamic day school during the evening prayers on 8.12.12. See details here, including JCUA’s response.


August 13, 2012

The Jewish Council on Urban Affairs and the undersigned community leaders are outraged and saddened by the violent assault on the Muslim Education Center (MEC) mosque in Morton Grove, IL, this past Friday night (August 10, 2012).

This attack on a house of worship is only the most recent in a dangerous string of incidents in the Midwest:

  • On August 5, 2012, six people of the Sikh faith were murdered at their temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin.
  • On August 6, 2012, a mosque in Joplin, Missouri, was deliberately set on fire.

In destroying property and taking the lives of innocent people, the crimes of the past week do immeasurable harm to the sanctity of the American values of religious freedom, diversity and equality.

Meanwhile, on August 8, 2012, U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh of Illinois’ 8th Congressional District warned in a town hall meeting in Elk Grove Village that Islamic radicalism here in the U.S. is the threat Americans should be concerned about, naming Elk Grove Village and other Chicago suburbs as places where he believes that potential threat exists. Such rhetoric can only inflame the bigoted and discriminatory attitudes that motivated the recent attacks.

As Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel warned in 1963, “What begins as inequality of some inevitably ends as inequality of all.”

We stand with the Muslim and Sikh communities in condemning these hateful acts, and we are committed to speaking out against bigotry and prejudice of all kinds.  Our own Jewish historical experience has taught us the danger of demonizing, and discriminating against, a community. We will not be silent in the face of acts of hatred that threaten our neighbors and undermine the democratic fabric of our society.

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Rabbi Andrea London

Rabbi Asher Lopatin

Rabbi Peter Knobel

Rabbi Rachel Mikva

Rabbi Brant Rosen

Rabbi Ellen Dreyfus

Rabbi Isaac Serotta

Rabbi Michael Cohen

Rabbi Paul Cohen

Rabbi Alan Kensky

Rabbi Wendi Geffen

Rabbi Allison Abrams

Rabbi Josh Feigelson

Rabbi Amy Memis Foler

Rabbi Michael Schwab

Rabbi Michael Zedek

Rabbi Victor Mirelmann

Rabbi Bruce Elder

Rabbi Capers Funnye

Rabbi Lawrence Edwards

Rabbi Michael Balinsky

Rabbi Max Weiss

Rabbi Shoshanna Conover

Rabbi Batsheva Appel

Cantor Michael Davis

Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg

Rabbi Herbert Bronstein

Rabbi Lisa Greene

Rabbi David Russo

Cantor Arik Luck

Cantor Alberto Mizrahi

Rabbi Joshua V. Salter

Cantor Vicky Glikin

The Reform Cantors of Chicago

The American Conference of Cantors

Cantor Cheryl Wunch

Cantor Ross Wolman

Rabbi Dr. Shai Har-El

Judy Levey, CEO, Jewish Council on Urban Affairs

Jane Ramsey, President, Jewish Council on Urban Affairs

Sandy Goldberg, Evanston, IL

Rachel Berkowitz, Chicago, IL

Pamela Klier-Weidner, Chicago, IL

Susan E. Fisher, Wilmette, IL

Asaf Bar-Tura, Evanston, IL

Aliza Becker, Chicago, IL

Jay Frank, Niles, IL

Irene Frank, Niles, IL

Russell Swirin, Chicago, IL

Franne Entelis, Chicago, IL

Lynn S Kane, Deerfield IL

Sandra Morgan, Evanston, IL

Bonnie L. Wishne, Chicago, IL

Brian Zakem, Flossmoor, IL

Emily Zucker Burns, Chicago, IL

Daniel R Lapidus, Chicago, IL

Donald McDevitt, Chicago, IL

Adam Shprintzen, Ph.D. Alexandria, VA

Carole Levine, Evanston, IL

Sharna Marcus, Chicago

Yonit Hoffman, Lincolnwood, IL

Dina Elenbogen, IL

Adam Stewart, Chicago, IL

Elysa Barack Fisher, Wilmette, IL

Eugene Wollaston Naperville, IL

Professor Sam Fleischacker, Evanston, IL

Richard Rhodes, Wilmette, IL

Jean Kosiara, Naperville, IL

John Ferrin, Naperville, IL

Ina Winston, Skokie, IL

Michael Simon, Evanston, IL

Professor Claire Sufrin, Evanston, IL

Rachel Roth, Schaumburg, IL

One Response to JCUA and Chicago Jewish Leaders Condemn Shooting of Mosque

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