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GMCT Statement Jan 2022


Anti-semitic attack on Texas synagogue

On behalf of the faith communities of Greater Manchester a message of support has been sent to Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker, rabbi of Congregation Beth Israel, Colleyville, Texas, after the hostage-taking incident last weekend. The message was sent by Bishop David Walker after a meeting of the Greater Manchester Faith Community Leaders Forum. The message which we sent was:

We want you to know that you and your congregation are especially in the thoughts and prayers of our faith-communities in Greater Manchester. We meet regularly as leaders of the region's Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Sikh and Jain communities – and place a high priority on promoting the cohesion, harmony and healthy diversity of our life together. We were greatly distressed by the ordeal you endured at the hands of your captor. This was a violent and antisemitic incident. No place of worship should be a place of fear. It is a matter of serious concern to us that the person responsible came from this part of the world. May you. and those who were held captive with you, experience true healing, peace and restoration – and may we express our fellowship with you in working together for "Tikkun Olam", the repair and healing of the world, which we recognise to be one of your signature priorities.

Andrew Lunn.

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