We're all shocked and horrified by the tragic shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, SC last night that left nine people dead. We stand with Jewish communities around the nation in expressing our condolences to the families of the victims and the community as a whole.
Our hearts are broken for the nine souls lost in Charleston last night. To target peaceful worshipers for no apparent reason other than the color of their skin is abhorrent and horrendous. A house of worship should and must be a place of sanctity and of peace, a safe haven for all rather than a target of terror. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims and the entire Charleston community today, and we stand in solidarity with them against the forces of hatred and violence.