Statement on Shootings in Uvalde, Texas

Our hearts are broken as we’ve learned about the slaughter of 21 innocent children and teachers in Uvalde, Texas.

There are no adequate words. There’s an obligation of religious communities to offer the anodyne bromides of “thoughts and prayers” in the wake of such horror, and make no mistake, parents and families will be in our hearts and in our prayers.

The Talmud says, “call them not your children, call them your builders.” To see this ruin visited on our nation’s precious innocents again and again diminishes hope. Many will go to school today wondering if they are safe, and parents will struggle to affirm that.

If you or your children are struggling with how to process this, please contact the synagogue office and we will do our best to connect you with resources.

Here is a helpful graphic our religious school director, Leah Kresge, provided to help those with children navigate the inevitable “talk” that ensues after these tragedies.