We are closely monitoring the situation unfolding at Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas. As of just a few minutes ago, one of the four hostages was released, and of course we pray for the safe release of the others.
The past few years have given us too many such incidents – houses of worship have been targeted for violence and terrorism. Synagogues have been particularly hard-hit. We stand in solidarity with our fellow Jews at this moment. Though we need no reminders, this terrible episode emphasizes the need for vigilance on the home front. At the same time, we should ever be mindful of our missions of outreach – fostering understanding among all peoples and sharing the glorious teachings of our tradition with those who would share with us.