The Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley stands in solidarity and partnership with the black community, decrying the horrific murder of George Floyd and the racism that tragically still engulfs our nation. We mourn the deaths of those who have lost their lives because of hate, racism, and bigotry. We stand in solidarity with all communities of color in the fight for equality and the right of all people regardless of the color of their skin to live without fear.
Judaism is clear about our obligation to not stand idly by in the face of injustice and to protect the life and dignity of every person as we are all created B’Tselem Elokim – in God’s image. Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel said, “In a free society, only some may be guilty but all are responsible.”
We pledge to continue working with the religious, civic and political leaders in the Lehigh Valley who have been working for decades to unite us all, despite race or creed, to create a better Lehigh Valley for our children, and our children’s children. There is no place for racism, discrimination, anti-Semitism, and hatred. Working together we will overcome and will prevail.