January 2020 -- Tevet-Shevat 5780,  Volume 26, Issue 1

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Briarcliff Congregation Rallies to Support Monsey Community

Briarcliff’s Congregation Sons of Israel members braved the rain soaked night and rallied a huge crowd on Sunday, December 29, 2019, to light the final candle for the 8th night of Chanukah to show support for the Jewish community in Monsey in the aftermath of the brutal stabbings that occurred there Saturday night.

 

Cantor Jeffrey Shiovitz presided over the rally and candle lighting and gave inspiring comments.  “It is difficult to find the words to combat what we are feeling tonight in the aftermath of the attack that occurred in Monsey. In the face of unthinkable violence, growing anti-Semitism and racism, it is understandable how we can turn to despair and hopelessness. And yet the antidote to these responses, to the powerlessness so many of us feel right now, is to realize that we do have power.

“Our power, as individuals and as a synagogue, is in standing up for what is right, regardless of what is happening around us. We cannot tolerate. We must be strong and continue to attend services and programs and celebrate our thriving. As a synagogue, CSI is doing everything we can to make our home here safe. On this last night of Chanukah we stand like the courageous Maccabees who faced tremendous adversity, yet did not let anyone stop them from celebrating their Judaism.”