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8.05.19

A Response to the Mass Shootings in California, Texas & Ohio

Dear congregants and friends,

As you may know, Rabbi Ammiel Hirsch and Stephen Wise Free Synagogue are members of A Partnership of Faith in New York City, a very important citywide interfaith group which today issued the below joint statement in response to shootings across the United States:


With one united voice, we, the undersigned members of a Partnership of Faith in New York City, deplore the mass shooting of innocent people in Gilroy, California last week and in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio this past weekend. We vow to stand together with the people of these communities in their grief and in their resolve to end the escalating plague of gun violence in our nation.

We are particularly dismayed that, as of this writing, two of these incidents are the result of growing white nationalism. We vow to stand together with people of other faith traditions and with communities targeted by domestic terrorists, in opposing this rising scourge in our land.

As colleagues and leaders of faith communities in New York City, we have learned from each of our traditions the importance of solidarity. Each of our traditions espouses some version of love for neighbor.

Struggling together with the challenges of our city’s diversity, we have come to the conclusion that an attack on one of us is an attack on all of us. We are committed to standing together and convinced that solidarity with others is an important public expression commended to us in each of our faith traditions.

We implore our elected representatives in cities, states, and the country to address the issues of gun violence in meaningful ways. For too long, the lives of innocent people are sacrificed in a society that does not address the dangers of domestic terrorism and easy access to guns.

As we worship with our colleagues and congregants at services in these days, we pray as a public sign of our commitment to one another, as a public rejection of all acts of gun violence, and as a clear expression commit ourselves to work together for justice, peace, and unity for all. We invite all to join us.

A PARTNERSHIP OF FAITH IN NEW YORK CITY

119 West 72nd Street, #208 – New York, NY 10023
Facebook: @A Partnership of Faith NYC, Twitter: @FaithPartnersNY

Rev. Dr. Stephen P. Bauman, Co-Chair
Christ United Methodist Church

Rabbi Joshua Davidson, Co-Chair
Congregation Emanu-el

Rev. Amandus J. Derr
Saint Peter’s Lutheran Church

Imam Talib W. ‘Abdur-Rashid
The Mosque of Islamic Brotherhood

Dr. Ibrahim Abdul Malik
North Hudson Islamic Center

Imam Shamsi Ali
Jamaica Muslim Center

Rabbi Rachel Ain
Sutton Place Syn.

Rev. Dr. Michael Bos
Marble Collegiate Church

Rabbi Angela Buchdahl
Central Synagogue

Rev. Dr. Herbert Daughtry
House of the Lord Church

Rabbi Elliot Cosgrove
Park Ave. Synagogue

Rev. Dr. Cathy Gilliard
Park Ave. UM Church

Rev. Dr. Galen Guengerich
Unitarian Church of All Souls

Imam Dr. Muhammad Hatim
Admiral Family Islamic Circle

Rev. Eric Hall
HealthCare Chaplaincy Network

Rev. Matthew Heyd
Church of the Heavenly Rest

Fr. Brian McWeeney
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York

Rabbi Ammiel Hirsch
Stephen Wise Free Synagogue

Rev. Brenda Husson
St. James’ Church

Rabbi Peter Rubinstein
92nd St. Y & Central Synagogue

    6.21.19

    Welcoming the Israel National Defense College

    Welcoming officers from the Israel National Defense College for a special Kabbalat Shabbat service and dinner, Rabbi Ammiel Hirsch spoke about the modern-day miracle of Israel and recounted how the Israelites' march to the Promised Land was intended to bring light to all the nations of the world.

    6.07.19

    The Season is Short

    After the recent loss of his mother, Rabbi Ammiel Hirsch reflects on life’s ephemeral beauty – and the central importance of mothers in our lives.

    5.03.19

    From Pittsburgh to Poway

    After a shooting attack on a California synagogue and an anti-Semitic cartoon published in The New York Times left American Jews reeling, Rabbi Ammiel Hirsch addressed anti-Semitism coming from both the right and left:

     “Jews do something that no others do: We manage to unite the extreme right and the extreme left. The anti-Semitism of the extreme right is lethal, and the left cannot abide Jews who refuse to abandon their distinctive identity. Fighting back starts in your heart: the best way to defeat those who want to see a world without Jews is to commit and recommit to Jewish life.”

    4.05.19

    The Past Alive, A Passover Message

    “In every generation, every Jew should feel as if they were personally redeemed from Egypt,” Rabbi Ammiel Hirsch quotes from the Haggadah. “The Haftarah reading for the second day of Passover mentions Natan-Melech once, in passing. But this very week, Israeli archeologists announced that they discovered an ancient, 2,641-year-old seal impression bearing his name. Because Jerusalem is slowly revealing its buried secrets, we can trace our very essence to the source. We would not be here if they had not been there. Today, we are the beating heart of Judaism.”