B’nai Jacob is a warm and welcoming Jewish community in Jersey City. A place where friends and family connect with each other, engage in meaningful prayer, and discover new ways to celebrate our traditions and culture. We celebrate Judaism in a vibrant, fun, creative, warm and life-affirming manner and welcome all with warmth and hospitality. We support the State of Israel and acknowledge its vital importance to our congregation and the Jewish people. We embrace the diversity of our community and strive to be inclusive and cohesive, caring and welcoming.
Congregation B’nai Jacob thanks the Violet Zall Hordes Foundation for their generous grant to support our religious programs and services.
Thank you to the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey’s Hudson County Regional Council for their support!
WE STAND TOGETHER
We at Congregation B’nai Jacob of Jersey City stand with the people of Chabad of Poway. We stand with the people of Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill, Pennsylvania.
This Saturday, May 4, will mark one week since the deadly assault by an anti-Semitic shooter inside Chabad of Poway, a synagogue in California, leaving one dead and three wounded. It also will mark the end of Shiva, the week of mourning, for a valiant woman named Lori Kaye who was killed in the assault. Kaye was a wife and mother who died trying to protect her Rabbi, at whom the shooter was directly aiming. She was standing next to Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein because she was about to say Kaddish for her mother.
The timing of the assault was deliberate: it happened on the six-month anniversary of the attack on the Tree of Life Congregation in Squirrel Hill, the largest and most deadly attack upon Jews in our nation’s history.
Now is the time, more than ever, to remember that we as Jews are part of a large and loving family. It’s true, we do not always agree. Yet, we have momentous truths in common: foremost is our love of God and Torah.
Here is a troubling irony: One of the injured California worshippers was an Israeli who came here from Sderot, a town in southern Israel where residents have lived under frequent rocket attacks. The United States has always been a place of refuge and safety for Jews. This must not change.
So then how do we cope with news of such an assault? We know this: after the gunman ran out of the building, Rabbi Goldstein, shot and bleeding, chose to continue his sermon as he waited for help to arrive. He thought of the Holocaust, he later told reporters, and said, “I just want to let my fellow Americans know that we’re not going to let this happen.”
Congregation B’nai Jacob of Jersey City
May 3, 2019