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Joint Statement of Solidarity Following Attack in New Zealand

March 15, 2019
Posted by: Joint Statement

The Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund, Jewish Federation and The Jewish Community Foundation of the East Bay, Jewish Community Relations Council, and the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco joined voices in solidarity with our Muslim friends and allies following the tragic attacks at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, that left at least 49 people dead. The epidemic of gun-related mass violence has clearly had a ripple effect across the world.

Just as we saw at the Pittsburgh synagogue, this horrific massacre continues the trend of targeting houses of worship, using immigration and fears of the “other” as a pretext for violence. Yesterday's attack, which came around the time people were attending the mosques for Friday prayers, was the deadliest in New Zealand’s history. 

When Pittsburgh happened, our Muslim community was there to support us, and we are here now to support them. While this tragedy happened thousands of miles away, our hearts go out to the families of the murdered and injured, and we will continue to campaign against extremist hate and violence at home and abroad. 

We encourage everyone in our community to reach out to their Muslim neighbors, friends and colleagues in solidarity. And if you’re not sure how best to help, please review San Jose-based Islamic Network Group’s guidance.

VIGILS

The North Peninsula Jewish Community stands in solidarity with our Muslim brothers and sisters here and around the globe to denounce hate and violence in all its forms. Stand in solidarity with our Muslim community today at 12:15pm at Belmont Sports Complex (550 Island Parkway, Belmont) to show our support as they gather for Friday afternoon prayers. All our welcome to stand together in peace and love.

Peninsula JCC
Peninsula Temple Beth El
Peninsula Temple Sholom
Peninsula Sinai Congregation
Congregation Beth Jacob
Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund
Jewish Community Relations Council

Islamic Center of Mill Valley Vigil. Join in solidarity with the Islamic Center of Mill Valley community this evening for a candlelight vigil to condemn the atrocious attacks of violence that happened in New Zealand. 6:00 p.m. 62 Shell Road, Mill Valley. Rabbi Steinberg of Congregation Kol Shofar will be participating in the program.

Islamic Cultural Center of Northern Cal in Oakland has told us it is expecting visitors to join services today at 1:00 p.m.

Interfaith Vigils. Pacifica Institute plans to hold interfaith vigils on Saturday, March 16, at 8:00 p.m. in its Sunnyvale and Albany Centers. Please email for details.

United in Grief: Remembering the Victims of the New Zealand Attacks. Sunday, March 17, at 3:30 to 5:00 p.m., MCC East Bay, Pleasanton.

Candlelight Vigil. Sunday, March 17, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Park Band Pavilion, Fremont.

SF Community Vigil to Mourn and Pray for the Victims of Christchurch Mosques Shootings. Wednesday, March 20, 6:30-7:30 p.m., on the San Francisco City Hall steps (at Polk Street). Open to ALL.

Inland East Bay Vigils in response to the #TurnToLove for New Zealand:

  • Islamic Center of Zahra, Thursday, March 21, 8:30 p.m., Pleasanton
  • Walnut Creek Islamic Center, Friday, Friday, March 22, 1:00 p.m., Walnut Creek
  • Islamic Center of the East Bay, Saturday, March 23, 5:30 p.m., Antioch

WANT TO BE AN ALLY?

Consider supporting the Islamic Networks Group (ING), a national peacemaking organization working through education and interfaith and intercultural engagement to promote mutual understanding and respect among Americans of all religious and cultural backgrounds. ING has online resources about Muslims and Islam to share and Speakers Bureaus around the country. All of services are offered at no charge.