Wednesday, April 17, 2013

JFNA Decries Heinous Attacks in Boston

The Jewish Federations of North America provided this statement today by Michael Siegal, chair of the Board of Trustees, in the wake of yesterday’s attacks at the Boston Marathon:

“The Jewish Federations of North America expresses its shock and revulsion at the cowardly and despicable attacks at yesterday’s Boston Marathon. Our hearts go out to the victims, and we keep all of those affected in our prayers."

JFNA further reported that our communal security arm, the Secure Community Network (SCN), has remained in close contact with the Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston and with law enforcement authorities as this situation has unfolded. SCN has issued several alerts to the community, the latest of which can be seen here.

CJP President Barry Shrage said the Federation is “extending condolences to those who perished, and comfort to all of those injured.” CJP also issued this official statement, jointly with the JCRC of Greater Boston:

“CJP and JCRC express our sincere sympathy to the families and friends of the victims of the Boston Marathon tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Greater Boston community, courageous runners, family, friends and those visiting from the U.S. and abroad.”

CJP is working with the Boston Foundation, Catholic Charities, the Boston mayor’s office and United Way to determine needs and how to address them, added CJP Executive Vice President Gil Preuss.

“This is a tragedy not just for our community – this is a tragedy for all of Boston,” Shrage said.

Some members of the greater Jewish community were reportedly among those injured. As in past years, a team of runners from CJP was participating in the marathon to help raise funds. Fortunately, none of the team members were near the attack site or harmed.

A planned Yom Ha’atzmaut event by CJP was going ahead, CJP officials said. Shrage said the event was not unlike how in Israel, Yom Hazikaron connects to Yom Ha’atzmaut.

“This is an opportunity for us to come together, to be with each other in light of yesterday’s events, to think together about how we often come together in celebration and in tragedy,” Shrage said. “This is just another example.” On behalf of all Jewish Federations, JFNA applauds CJP for its firm response and strong leadership in the wake of this terrible event.


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