Major Jewish groups urge solidarity Shabbat with African Americans

By JTA
June 24, 2015 06:05

 
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WASHINGTON — An array of Jewish groups representing every major religious stream has declared this coming Shabbat one of solidarity with the African American community in the wake of the Charleston, South Carolina mass killing.

A release Tuesday including among its signatories representative groups of the Conservative, Reform, Orthodox and Reconstructionist streams “to speak out in synagogues this coming Shabbat on the issue of racism in society and to express rejection of hateful extremism” and to demonstrate support for African Methodist Episcopal churches in their neighborhoods.

On the evening of June 17, a gunman shot dead nine worshippers at Emanuel AME in Charleston. The suspect in the shooting, who is in police custody, is allegedly a white supremacist.

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