Dear CBS Communal Family,
Amidst the shock and pain over the brutal terror attacks in Paris, we are continuing to collect updates and we are grateful for the news of many CBS families who are safe.
Please keep us posted.
We send our blessings of healing and condolences to the people of France and the families of the victims.
In the face of the recent spate of “altruistic evil” — atrocities committed in the name of religion — we yet again need to be reminded of the core values of the Abrahamic religions. As Rabbi Jonathan Sacks teaches:
"Abraham himself, the man revered by 2.4 billion Christians, 1.6 billion Muslims, and 13 million Jews, ruled no empire, commanded no army, conquered no territory, performed no miracles, and delivered no prophecies. Though he lived differently from his neighbours, he fought for them in some of the most audacious language ever uttered by a human to God — ‘Shall the Judge of all the earth not do justice?’ (Genesis 18:25). He sought to be true to his faith and a blessing to others regardless of their faith. That idea, ignored for many of the intervening centuries [including this past weekend in Paris], remains the simplest definition of the Abrahamic faith. It is not our task to conquer or convert the world or enforce uniformity of belief. It our task to be a blessing to the world."
Not in God’s Name.
See the update below from our Parisian synagogue communities through the World Council of Synagogues-Masorti Olami and consider reaching out to them, writing your letter of healing, and providing any other kind of solidarity that so moves you.
Masorti Olami and MERCAZ Olami are shocked and pained by the brutal terror attacks in Paris.
We send our condolences to the people of France and the families of the victims.
Claude Machline, founder of Massorti France and Masorti Europe, said,
"The Bataclan Theatre is a famous place where many Jewish events are held including a conference on anti-Semitism which I planned in 2008. ... My niece lost a friend attending the concert and one of our congregants, Prof. David Ruzie, lost his 22 year old granddaughter, Justine."
Sadly, we understand your loss and the anguish that will be faced in the days and weeks to come. We send you our prayers and support.
Masorti Olami and MERCAZ Olami condemn terrorism around the world. We pray that people find the strength and courage to find paths to peace.
Write a letter of support to the Massorti Movement in France at firstname.lastname@example.org. Your messages will be shared with all the rabbis and communities in France.
Rabbi Aubrey Glazer
Image: The now ubiquitous "Eiffel Tower peace symbol" created by French graphic artist Jean Jullien shortly after the recent attacks