Board of Rabbis of Greater Phoenix issues statement on Pittsburgh attack
PHOENIX — The Board of Rabbis of Greater Phoenix issued a statement on Sunday denouncing hate speech and anti-semitism following the murder of 11 Jewish worshipers in Pittsburgh on Saturday.
In the statement, President of the Board, Rabbi Robert Kravitz said that hate speech can lead to hate filled action.
“We stand together with the Pittsburgh Jewish community and all who work to denounce anti-semitism, bigotry and prejudice against all vulnerable populations,” Kravitz said.
He also thanked the first responders who arrived at the scene.
“For the law enforcement officers who placed their lives in danger responding to this call, we are eternally grateful,” he said.
The sadness of the entire incident is what stung the most as Kravitz said that this was the worst attack on the Jewish community in all of American history.
“Our hearts are broken,” Kravitz said. “We are shocked and deeply saddened at the cruel and senseless murder of Jewish worshipers in Pittsburgh.”
For those wishing to mourn the loss, a vigil will be held on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at Temple Beth Shalom on Thursday near the corner of 101st and Grand avenues in Sun City.