Washington, D.C. (June 25, 2015) -- The RJC joins other Jewish communal organizations in a statement of solidarity with the African-American community in light of the horrific murders in Charleston.
The statement reads:
In an extraordinary display of unity, a broad cross-section of American Jewish organizations joined to declare this coming Shabbat to be a "Shabbat of solidarity with the African-American community." In light of the horrific act of violence in Charleston, South Carolina, leaders of the Jewish community are asking their members to participate in this Sabbath of solidarity.
Among the suggested actions for rabbis, congregations and organizations are to speak out in synagogues this coming Shabbat on the issue of racism in society and to express rejection of hateful extremism. All rabbis and congregations are encouraged to reach out to AME churches in their communities with expressions and demonstrations of support.
The call to action is consistent with the historic ties of the Jewish and African American community going back to the Civil Rights era.
This call to action has been endorsed by all four of the denominations, including the Rabbinic and congregational arms, as well as national community relations organizations.