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The Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey Condemns Heinous Terror Attack in Jerusalem


The Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey strongly condemns the brutal terror attack that took place in Jerusalem in which four rabbis and one police officer were killed inside the Kehillat Bnei Torah synagogue during morning prayers.  Rabbi Aryeh Kopinsky, 43, Rabbi Avraham Shmuel Goldberg, 58, Rabbi Calman Levine, 50, and Rabbi Moshe Twersky, 59, were murdered by two Palestinian terrorists who used guns, knives and axes during the attack. Police officer, Zidan Saif, 30, was killed responding to the attack. Several others were wounded, some of whom remain in critical condition. The terrorists were killed by police officers who arrived at the scene.


The recent wave of Palestinian terror attacks and acts of violence in Israel is outrageous and completely unacceptable, but today’s attack on innocent people praying in a synagogue is incomprehensible.


We applaud U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry who called on “Palestinian leadership at every single level to condemn this in the most powerful terms.”


We call on all governments and peoples of all faiths to unequivocally condemn the brutal murders of these innocent civilians.  Rev. Peggy Niederer, on behalf of the Bergen County Council of Churches, issued a statement standing in solidarity with the Jewish community and expressing “ deep sorrow for the deaths.”


U.S. Senators Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Cory Booker (D-NJ), also issued forceful condemnations of the tragedy.


Additional statements were issued by Congressmen Bill Pascrell, Jr. and Scott Garrett, as well as members of the local Sikh and Hindu communities.


Jewish Federation expresses its deepest condolences to the victims’ families and offers its prayers for the speedy recovery of those wounded in the attack.




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Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey encourages you to make a statement that lets the people of Israel know we support them in these difficult times. Here’s how:

  • You can express condolences to the victims’ families by sending an e-mail to Pamela Zaltsman pamela.zaltsman@jfna.org at Jewish Federations of North America. It will get forwarded to the families.
  • You can make a donation in the name of the victims, or others, to the Victims of Terror Relief Fund through the Stop the Sirens Campaign. 
  • Reach out to your federal and state elected officials, both those in office and those newly-elected, and let them know that Israel and its citizens are a top priority of yours and our community.

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