The Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion family stands with all the people of Jerusalem and the State of Israel at this tragic moment of sadness when brutality has touched our community. The inhuman murder of innocent worshippers in a sacred place of Jewish prayer and study is an affront to all humankind. Our hearts are joined with all who are mourning and with all who pray and work for peace.
We pray for the recovery of those injured, and we feel a deep bond with those who were murdered, for they too were students of Torah. We remember, along with all who mourn them around the world, Rabbi Avraham Shmuel Goldberg, Rabbi Aryeh Kopinsky, Rabbi Calman Levine, and Rabbi Moshe Twersky. We recognize the heroism of Sgt. Major Zidan Seif, the Druze policeman who gave his life preventing the terrorists from causing further harm. May all of their memories be a blessing, and may their families somehow find solace in this senseless moment of pain and grief.
Let this heinous attack become a clarion call to recommit ourselves to the safety and security of our beloved Israel and all Jewish communities everywhere, and let us ensure that all our actions continue to lead to a more peaceful society in all that we do.
Rabbi Aaron Panken, Ph.D., President
Andrew R. Berger, Chair, Board of Governors