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Response to Christchurch terror attack

Rabbi’s Hulbert and Jacobi joined with other communal leaders in leading prayers for the victims  of the Christchurch terror attack and sending a joint statement of solidarity with the Muslim community in Christchurch, New Zealand.

About 300 people attended a vigil in honour of the victims of the New Zealand terror attacks in Stratford where Rabbi David Hulbert was one of the faith leaders that led prayers before a minutes silence – 

Our Rabbi’s also joined with 20 other local Rabbi’s – from all Jewish denominations – in signing a joint statement of solidarity –

While they hoped that their message would be reported in the local media reports, they did not expect it to feature in the Urdu Times in Pakistan – (with a photo of Rabbi Hulbert).

The joint statement reads:

“Our hearts go out to the Muslim communities of Christchurch in New Zealand, following the terrorist crime perpetrated against worshippers during their Friday prayers. Our condolences and sympathies are with the families of those who were murdered, and we offer our prayers for healing to the injured. As leaders of the Jewish community, we stand shoulder to shoulder with our Muslim brothers and sisters in condemning all acts of hatred and violence. We are created in the image of God, each and every one of us. All people of faith must be free to gather in peaceful worship, in security and without fear. Every act of hate and violence against one religious or ethnic minority is an assault on us all, and an affront to the spark of the Holy One within us. May we continue to work together to create peace, tolerance and understanding here in Redbridge and amongst all peoples of this earth”

The statement was signed by:

  • Rabbi Ya’akov Abrams Loughton Synagogue
  • Rabbi Lisa Barrett South-West Essex & Settlement Reform Synagogue
  • Rabbi Larry Becker Sukkat Shalom Synagogue
  • Rabbi Odom Brandman Buckhurst Hill Chabad
  • Rabbi Mendy Brukirer Aish UK
  • Rabbi Steven Dansky Redbridge United Synagogue
  • Rabbi Baruch Davis Chigwell & Hainault United Synagogue
  • Rabbi Jason Demant St. Francis Hospice, Harold Hill
  • Rabbi Michael Foulds New Essex Masorti Synagogue
  • Rabbi Rafi Goodwin Chigwell & Hainault United Synagogue
  • Rabbi David Hulbert East London & Essex Liberal Synagogue
  • Rabbi Richard Jacobi East London & Essex Liberal Synagogue
  • Rabbi Avromi Kahane Chingford Synagogue
  • Revd. Jonathan Lorraine Loughton Synagogue (Emeritus)
  • Revd. Stuart Myers Waltham Abbey Jewish Cemetery
  • Revd. Gary Newman Redbridge United Synagogue
  • Rabbi Irit Shillor Harlow Synagogue
  • Rabbi David Singer Ilford Federation Synagogue
  • Rabbi Ya’akov Singer Wohl Ilford Jewish Primary School
  • Rabbi Aryeh Sufrin Ilford Chabad
  • Rabbi Lee Sunderland Romford Synagogue
  • Rabbi Mordecai Wollenberg Woodford Forest Synagogue

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