Sometime on Saturday, July 28 a hate message was painted on the shed surrounding garbage containers at Shaarey Tefilla Synagogue on 116th Street in Carmel. When I first read the reports I felt emotions from anger to sadness that this had happened in our community.
I was glad to be able to attend a community event tonight at the synagogue where I joined probably around 1000 persons of varying faith backgrounds who gathered in unity to support the Jewish community through this horrific act. Driving there, I was wondering if I would want to see the damage myself but I found myself realizing that there was no need to see it with my own eyes as what I saw and felt from this gathering far exceeded the impact of any hatred that had been painted on their building.
Multiple persons spoke to the group gathered following opening remarks by Rabbi Benjamin Sendrow and Mayor Jim Brainard. The speakers who followed represented many faith communities expressing support for the Jewish community and absolute intolerance for that act and any other act of hatred, discrimination and bullying. As I looked around the room, my eyes saw persons of many differing faiths, cultures and races. But it was my heart that was impacted and renewed as the love and support that was present in that room was palpable. Standing room only for over an hour...what does that express?What was the call to action?
- Hang an American flag outside your home as a sign of solidarity and recognition that as Americans we have been blessed with freedom of religion.
- Talk about this act and express "no more"!
- Pray with thanks that we know that though this was an act of evil, our
prayers and acts of love far outweigh any evil.
I was proud to have several staff members of the church present as well as members of CUMC. We may be communities of differing faiths but the call to love one another is our call as Christians.
Shalom...pray for peace, Patti
Rev. Patti Napier
The well of God's providence is deep, the buckets we bring are small. --Mary Webb