Kol Yisrael aravim zeh b’zeh, kol Yisrael achim – All the people of Israel are responsible for one another, all of us are sisters and brothers.
As a Jewish community, we are connected to one another around the world. Our joys and our sorrows are shared.
This is especially true close to home. The Shaar Hashomayim is our neighbour in Westmount. Our clergy, staff, and congregants are colleagues and friends. We join together in Westmount Park on Rosh Hashanah, and at Westmount City Hall for Chanukah. There is so much that connects us.
And so our hearts are with the Shaar Hashomayim today. Swastikas were spray-painted on their doors, and a container of gasoline carried by the assailant. It is thanks to the quick and courageous action of the synagogue’s security and our city’s police that the offender was apprehended and arrested, and for this we are all grateful.
We at Temple will continue to be vigilant and work together with the City of Westmount and FederationCJA on security. We also know that we can follow every protocol and still be confronted with anti-Semitism. The work of tikkun olam, creating a better world, is still incomplete. But we stand together in solidarity and support, and we will always stand up against hate. May tomorrow be a better day.
Neil Wiener, President
Rabbi Lisa Grushcow, Senior Rabbi
Shellie Ettinger, Executive Director
Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom