The Jewish Community Federation of Richmond (JCFR) and its Jewish Community Relations Committee (JCRC) join the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) in strongly condemning the atrocities currently underway in Syria, including the most recent executions of innocent civilians in Aleppo.
The conflict in Syria continues to take a drastic toll on the lives of the Syrian people. Now entering its sixth year, more than 11 million civilians have been displaced and the humanitarian crisis has reached grave proportions. The situation in the city of Aleppo is dire, as crimes against humanity abound.
Last week, JCPA President and CEO, David Bernstein, said, “We are left heartbroken and grieving at the senseless destruction currently underway in Aleppo.” He continued, “It is truly tragic that in this day and age, the international community has not figured out a way to prevent the mass slaughter of vulnerable populations. The images of children fleeing for their lives and of desperate posts on social media is a sobering reminder of the horror happening in Syria every day,” he added. “Never again means never again for everybody.”
The JCFR and its JCRC have a long history of humanitarian activity aiding both Jews and non-Jews during times of crisis. Recently, members of our Richmond community have asked for a way to help. We are proud to partner with the American Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) and the Jewish Coalition for Disaster Relief (JCDR), which has been delivering humanitarian assistance to Syrian refugees and displaced people.
Jerry Silverman, President and CEO of the Jewish Federations of North America said, “As people in Aleppo are being evacuated, the JCDR is working to ensure that essential items like food, medicine and clean water are delivered in as quick and efficient a manner as possible.”
For more information, contact Daniel “Doni” Fogel, director of Jewish community relations and Israel and overseas programming at DFogel@JewishRichmond.org or (804) 545-8626.