Florida’s Gulf Coast – June 2, 2020
The Jewish Federation of Florida’s Gulf Coast issued the following statement:
We, the Jewish organizations in Florida’s Gulf Coast, join all people of good conscience in condemning the brutal killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer.
As Jews we know personally and painfully the dangers of unchecked hatred. We join all who mourn the loss of Mr. Floyd’s life and pray that his memory is for a blessing to his family and all who loved him. We share the grief and fury that others throughout our community feel over this and so many other recent senseless deaths.
Judaism is clear about our obligation not to stand idly by in the face of injustice. Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel said, “In a free society, only some may be guilty, but all are responsible.”
We have seen thousands across the country peacefully take to the streets to demand justice. Regretfully, we have seen others resorting to violence and deflecting from the core message. There is no room on this journey for violence, destruction or lawlessness. We appreciate those who are responding to this tragedy peacefully and thoughtfully and urge all members of our community to work with one another and with law enforcement to build a better and more inclusive community. Together we can and must be stronger than hate.
In that spirit, we commit ourselves to the biblical call of “justice, justice shall (we) pursue,” and the imperative of achieving a peaceful, just and equal society for all.
Ezra Singer Maxine S. Kaufman
President Interim Executive Director