As we watch the headlines in Charlottesville, we think: “You shall not stand idly by the blood of your neighbor.” (Leviticus 19:16)
This Biblical verse is speaking directly to us, and we cannot stand idly by. As human beings, we believe that every person is created in the divine image and, therefore, is of infinite value. As Jews, we know the heart of the stranger, having been strangers ourselves.
In order to make a difference, we refuse to be indifferent. This is not a time for equivocation. It is a time to raise our voices and take action.
We will continue to stand against bigotry, racism, hate and violence. We stand together with the Jewish community of Charlottesville, and with everyone there, and everywhere, who believe that equality, justice and love are stronger forces than fear, terror and hate.
If you would like to take action, or contribute to groups who are doing so, please click on the links, below.
The Havurah Leadership
To learn more about some of the Jewish Community’s response to Charlottesville and ways to take action, visit the sites below:
Showing Up for Racial Justice Middlebury Facebook Group