The Jewish Community Relations Committee (JCRC) of the Jewish Community Federation of Richmond (JCFR) is deeply disturbed and outraged by the shooting that occurred at the Altria Theater graduation ceremony on June 6. Our hearts go out to the victims, their families, and all those affected by this tragic event.
Violence has no place in our community or any community. We stand in solidarity with all those impacted and commend the swift action of law enforcement and first responders who worked diligently to ensure the safety of all involved.
Religious communities are called to speak from the depths of our traditions to meet the present moment. The Jewish tradition speaks to the infinite value of each individual. The Mishna (Oral Torah) Sanhedrin 4:5 states, “Whoever destroys a soul, it is considered as if he destroyed an entire world. And whoever saves a life, it is considered as if he saved an entire world.”
Every life lost is the loss of a world. May the memories of those lost be a blessing, and may their families find comfort during this time of mourning. We wish a complete and speedy healing to all those in critical condition and traumatized.
Because of the value of each human, as a community, we must come together to support and uplift one another during this difficult time. We pledge to work alongside our partners in law enforcement and the broader community to ensure that incidents like this never happen again.
Our community services are here to support anyone affected by this or any tragedy. Please contact JFS if you or someone you know is struggling with stress, anxiety, or with mental health – at this time or any time.
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