Feb 17, 2015

Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County Leaders Condemn Attacks in Denmark, Urge Worldwide Response

We at the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County are shocked and outraged following last weekend’s attacks in Copenhagen. At least two people, including Dan Uzan, a Jewish volunteer guarding a Bat Mitzvah celebration at Krystalgade Synagogue, are dead in this latest horrific report of clearly targeted violence against Jews and Jewish institutions in Europe. At least one other person died in an earlier attack on the cultural center in Copenhagen, yet another assault on those supporting the value of freedom of speech.

Once again, we join our Jewish family in grieving with our brothers and sisters in Europe as this disturbing pattern spreads. As we mourn the loss of yet more innocent lives, our thoughts and prayers are with those bereaved and injured.

As we stand in solidarity with the Danish people, we condemn these acts of terrorism and anti-Semitism in the strongest possible terms. Again we call upon world leaders and all in the global community to rise to this challenge of our time. We implore them to implement sufficient safeguards, and to join us in unconditional condemnation of this intolerable bloodshed as it threatens our people as well as freedom and civil society overall. We, and Europe, know all too well the depths to which extremist hatred and anti-Semitism can plummet.

The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) is increasingly engaged in supporting the European Jewish communities in addressing security issues. As always, we ourselves remain vigilant. Security on the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County campus is our highest priority, and serves as a model for Jewish Federations throughout the country.

B'shalom,


Albert W. Gortz
Chair of the Board


Matthew Levin
President & CEO

We also share the following letter sent by JFNA leaders to the Jewish communal leadership in Denmark:

February 15, 2015

Dan Rosenberg Asmussen
Chair, Jewish Community of Denmark

Allan Melchior
Director, Jewish Community of Denmark

Rabbi Jair Melchior
Chief Rabbi of Denmark

Dear Mr. Asmussen, Mr. Melchior and Rabbi Melchior,

We are writing to you on behalf of The Jewish Federations of North America to express our heartfelt condolences to you and the entire Danish Jewish community over the tragic death of one of your community members, Dan Uzan, resulting from the attack on the Krystalgade Synagogue on Saturday night.

At this time, you should know that millions of Jewish people across North America, and indeed around the world, are standing by your side, sending messages of solidarity and support and also mourning with you.

We are all deeply troubled by the unsettling climate across all of Europe that saw this tragedy as well as the assault on the cultural center earlier in the day.

Any attack on Jews, anywhere in the world, affects each and every one of us. And when innocent people are targeted the pain is felt by us all.

Please convey our condolences to the victim’s family and the entire community.
המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים ולא תוסיפו לדאבה עוד

Sincerely,


Michael Siegal
Chair, Board of Trustees


Diane S. Feinberg
Chair, Executive Committee


Jerry Silverman
President & CEO