We were not put here to hate, but to love and make world a bet­ter place

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum -

The Beth Is­rael Sis­ter­hood would like to ex­press our sin­cere and heart­felt sym­pa­thy to our fel­low Jewish com­mu­nity at the Tree of Life con­gre­ga­tion in Pitts­burgh last week­end. They are the vic­tims of the worst act of anti-Semitic vi­o­lence in the his­tory of Amer­i­can Jewry.

The cow­ardly act of vi­o­lence against a re­li­gious assem­bly is as un­think­able to­day as it was at a church in Charleston, S.C., a few years ago.

When will the ha­tred end in our so­ci­ety? We were not put here to hate. We were put here to love and work and make the world a bet­ter place.

We ap­pre­ci­ate the St. Mary’s County Sher­iff’s Of­fice, who pa­troled our park­ing lot dur­ing the High Hol­i­days and con­tin­ues to do so through­out the year. It is none­the­less dis­tress­ing to feel so vul­ner­a­ble ex­press­ing our re­li­gious be­liefs, even though that right is among the fore­most in our Con­sti­tu­tion.

There is hope, though. As our syn­a­gogue here was opened up for He­brew school on Sun­day, we found a bou­quet of flowers that was left by an anony­mous kind soul. The Beth Is­rael Sis­ter­hood will con­tinue to try to make our com­mu­nity safe and se­cure in a lov­ing and sup­port­ive en­vi­ron­ment. Let us all do our part to im­prove the lives of those in our own Jewish com­mu­nity and the lives of our South­ern Mary­land neigh­bors.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to our fel­low Jews who lost a loved one in this ter­ri­ble, tragic act. We pray for a speedy re­cov­ery for those wounded, and we thank the brave men and women in law en­force­ment who self­lessly pro­tect us every day.

Emily Cur­rier,

Lex­ing­ton Park The writer is vice pres­i­dent of Beth Is­rael Syn­a­gogue in Lex­ing­ton Park.

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