In light of the deteriorating security situation in Israel, The Rabbinical Assembly, the international association of the Conservative/Masorti movement, released the following statement:
“We are deeply disturbed as we see the rocket fire directed at Israel that has severely impacted civilian populations. The increased military capabilities of Hamas, based in Gaza, are particularly concerning and we recognize Israel’s right to defend itself. We are also gravely troubled by the religious and nationalist-based violence that has erupted between Jews and Arabs in various locales across Israel.
We are pained by the violence, fear, and loss of innocent life in the region. We stand with our siblings in Israel, pray for the safety of Israeli security and rescue forces, for full healing for all who are injured, and offer comfort to the families of those who have died. We are mindful of our Masorti communities, our clergy, and our leaders impacted by these events and all who are providing so much support to those affected.
We call on our members to join with the public plea for true peace in Israel and joy for all its inhabitants. As we are taught in Psalm 122, ‘Pray for the well-being of Jerusalem; May those who love you be at peace. May there be well-being within your ramparts, peace in your citadels.’”
This statement has been endorsed by:
Canadian Foundation for Masorti Judaism
Federation of Jewish Men's Clubs
Jewish Theological Seminary
Masorti On Campus
United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism