March 18, 2021
Dear Riverdale Community,
We are pained and horrified by the continued surge in Anti-Asian racism and violence. In light of the most recent acts of domestic terrorism in Atlanta, we call out in a unified voice to our fellow Americans. We have no tolerance for xenophobia or bigotry of any kind.
Many of these incidents are not being reported and are invisible to major media outlets. Know that we see you, we are with you, and we will fight alongside you for a country where all of us are safe!
We hope to bring about change by speaking in a unified voice to our elected officials. We ask them to raise up and heed the need of all citizens being marginalized, and condemn this violence.
We ask all community members to be active and engaged in supporting our fellow humans. Here’s how you can help our community fight against abuse and intolerance: educating yourself, donating, spreading awareness, and striving to be change agents for good.
May we soon live the words of the psalmist (122:8)
לְ֭מַעַן אַחַ֣י וְרֵעָ֑י אֲדַבְּרָה־נָּ֖א שָׁל֣וֹם בָּֽךְ
For the sake of my kin and friends, I pray for your well-being
Deann Forman, The Riverdale Y
Rabbi Aaron Frank, Kinneret Day School
Rabbi Barry Dov Katz, CSAIR-The Conservative Synagogue Adath Israel of Riverdale
Rabbi Binyamin Krauss, SAR Academy
Rabbi Bob Kaplan, JCRCNY
Rabbanit Bracha Jaffe, HIR – The Bayit
Myriam Elefant, Congregation Beth Aharon
Rabbi Dov Linzer, Yeshivat Chovevei Torah
Rabbi Dovid Zirkind, Riverdale Jewish Center
Rav Ezra Seligsohn, HIR – The Bayit
Rabbi Katie Greenberg, CSAIR-The Conservative Synagogue Adath Israel of Riverdale
Rabbi Joseph Robinson, RJCP (an initiative of the Riverdale Y)
Rabbi Levi Shemtov, Chabad of Riverdale
Rabbi Linda Shriner-Cahn, Congregation Tehillah
Rabba Sara Hurwitz, Yeshivat Maharat
Rabbi Shmuel Hain, YIOZ of North Riverdale/Yonkers
Rabbi Noah Aronin, Hebrew Home at Riverdale
Rav Steven Exler, HIR – The Bayit
Rabbi Steven Burton, Congregation Shaarei Shalom
Rabbi Thomas Gardner, Riverdale Temple
Rabbi Tully Harcsztark, SAR High School
Rosh Kehilah Dina Najman, The Kehilah of Riverdale
Ruthie Strosberg Simon, Yeshivat Chovevei Torah
Sandy Kahn, The Riverdale Minya