Statement of solidarity – Arson attack on Diyanet Mosque of New Haven

Together, the New Haven Board of Rabbis and Cantors, leaders of religious communities of the Greater New Haven Jewish community, the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven and its Jewish Community Relations Council, condemn in the strongest possible terms the horrific act of arson on the Diyanet Mosque of New Haven. We stand in solidarity with our Muslim brothers and sisters at the Diyanet Mosque of New Haven, and the Muslim community at large.

The Jewish community is alarmed by the increasingly violent attacks against places of worship throughout America and the entire world.  This afternoon, our Federation stood at the Connecticut State Capitol with the Jewish Federation Association of Connecticut (JFACT) and members of other faith communities to call for an additional $5 million in state bonds to fund security infrastructure upgrades at Connecticut's houses of worship. We understand how it feels to be a target of hate and we stand firmly with the Muslim community.

Our hearts go out to the families and congregation that will not be able to attend the Mosque especially during the holiday of Ramadan.

As people that have suffered from hate, intolerance and violence throughout our history, we will not stay silent watching other places of worship and religious communities attacked. An attack on the Muslim community is an attack on us all.

In the past the Muslim community was there with us to support and comfort us during times of tragedy, and we are here to support the Muslim community now. Let us stand together as we continue to denounce hate and violence in all its forms as we pray for peace, unity and understanding here in New Haven and around the globe. Please follow this link to support the Diyanet Mosque: https://www.gofundme.com/f/support-for-diyanet-mosque-fire-in-new-haven

 

Jeffrey Hoos

President, Jewish Federation of Greater  New Haven

 

Judy Alperin

CEO, Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven

 

Betty and Arthur Levy

Co-chairs, Jewish Community Relation Council (JCRC) Jewish Federation of greater New Haven

 

Eliraz Shifman Berman

JCRC Director, Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven

 

Rabbi Rona Shapiro 

Congregation B’nai Jacob, Woodbridge

Chair, Board of Rabbis and Cantors

 

Rabbi Bruce Alpert

Beth Israel Synagogue, Wallingford

 

Harold Birn

President, Congregation Beth El-Keser Israel (BEKI), New Haven

 

Rabbi Jon-Jay Tilsen

Congregation Beth El-Keser Israel (BEKI), New Haven

 

Brad Jubelirer

President, Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek, Chester

 

Rabbi Marci N. Bellows

Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek, Chester

 

Sarah B. Greenblatt

President, Congregation Mishkan Israel, Hamden

 

Rabbi Brian Immerman

Congregation Mishkan Israel, Hamden

 

Rabbi Alvin Wainhaus

Congregation Or Shalom, Orange

 

Rabbi Micah Ellenson

Temple Beth David, Cheshire

 

Rabbi Benjamin E. Scolnic

Temple Beth Sholom, Hamden

 

Jeffrey Babbin

President, Temple Beth Tikvah, Madison

 

Rabbi Stacy Offner
Temple Beth Tikvah, Madison

 

Rabbi Michael Farbman

Temple Emanuel of Greater New Haven, Orange

 

Rabbi Fred Hyman

The Westville Synagogue, New Haven