A Message from HUC-JIR/Jerusalem - January 29, 2004

Thursday, January 1, 2004

Dear Friends,

A sunny Jerusalem morning was shattered today by the terrible news of a bus bombing, occurring in the neighborhood where many of our HUC students live. Although most students were enjoying their break by traveling in Israel or abroad, other students awoke to the sounds of ambulances.

Within a very short time of the incident, we contacted all our students, who are all well and safe. We gathered at HUC this afternoon to pray for those who have so tragically lost their loved ones and to comfort each other.

On Sunday, we will begin our second semester and continue our task of teaching and learning. As always, safety continues to be a top priority. We hope and pray for the peace of Jerusalem and all Israel.

Warm wishes for a Shabbat Shalom, 
Rabbi Naamah Kelman 
Acting Dean 
HUC-JIR, Jerusalem 


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