On behalf of the Sisters of Notre-Dame de Sion in the United States and Canada, we, the members of the Sisters’ “Relation and Encounter” Team, join our voices to the many Jewish and Christian organizations, leaders and groups around the world who have expressed their horror and sadness at the massacre that took place on Saturday, October 27, at the Etz Chayim synagogue in Pittsburgh, in which 11 individuals were killed as they gathered in prayer.
As part of a religious congregation that cherishes its longstanding relationship with the Jewish community (and seeks to promote respect and understanding for Judaism among Christians), we know how deeply this attack has shaken Jewish communities, both near and far. Sadly, it reminds us that anti-Semitism remains alive and well in some corners of our societies, and that we must constantly work to uproot anti-Jewish hatred, intolerance and prejudice, through education and building relationships of friendship and mutual respect. Events like this remind us that we cannot afford to be complacent about the threats that exist.
We unite our prayers to so many others—for those who have been tragically killed, and for those who are hospitalized. We carry all those who have been impacted in our thoughts. We wish safety, security and peace for our Jewish brothers and sisters, and an end to incitement and hostility against those who are perceived as “different”. We pledge to continue and strengthen our work of dialogue and collaboration, to help fashion a world of inclusion, safety and friendship between faith communities.
Lucy Thorson, NDS
Jocelyn Monette, NDS
October 28, 2018