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Jewish Federation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee

Statement on the Massacre in

Charleston, South Carolina



Following the tragic shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church on June 17, the Jewish Federation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee, along with its five synagogues, issued the following statement:


The massacre on June 17 of nine precious souls in Charleston, South Carolina leaves us both devastated and horrified that such a heinous and hateful crime could be committed in a house of worship while parishioners studied Biblical text. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the congregants of the Emanuel AME Church and most especially to the families and friends of those who were murdered in this brutal and evil attack. We offer all of them our deepest sympathies and condolences. Their pain and loss is unimaginable.


We were relieved to learn that the alleged perpetrator of this cowardly attack has been apprehended. This act of domestic terrorism specifically targeted members of our African American community. Unfortunately hatred has no racial, religious or ethnic boundaries when it comes to violence in our society. All of us, people of faith and goodwill, who respect equality and justice must work together to prevent such heinous acts from occurring in the future. It is our collective responsibility not only to condemn this violence but to do all that we can to ensure it does not happen again.


Mark S. Freedman
Jewish Federation of Nashville and Middle TN


Carol Hyatt
Board Chair, Jewish Federation of Nashville and Middle TN


Rabbi Joshua Kullock
West End Synagogue


Rabbi Laurie Rice
Congregation Micah


Rabbi Mark Schiftan
The Temple Congregation Ohabai Sholom


Rabbi Saul Strosberg
Congregation Sherith Israel


Rabbi Yitzchok Tiechtel
Congregation Beit Tefilah

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