Bulletin Article, February 2015

Anti-Semitism is on the rise.  We read daily of attacks on synagogues, cemeteries and Jewish neighborhoods.    This is in the context of religious intolerance in general.  Even in Rhode Island, a state founded on the principles of religious freedom, an Islamic school was recently a victim of a hate crime.

The question for us is how do we, as the only synagogue in Bristol, respond to this?     I think we need, both as individuals and as a congregation, to become more proactive in the fight against religious hatred.  As individuals, we should speak out and become more involved in groups such as the Anti-Defamation League.  As a congregation, we need to become far more vocal in condemning acts of religious intolerance and become more involved, with other faith organizations, in combatting this scourge.

To this end, we will be discussing this issue at our next board meeting and I hope we can come up with concrete and actionable items for United Brothers.   I truly believe we must stand up against hatred in our community and in the world.



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