[New York, NY – January 16th, 2022] The American Jewish Congress is horrified by yet another attack on a Jewish synagogue. For multiple hours now, a gunman has been holding several individuals, including the Rabbi, hostage at Congregation Beth Israel Synagogue in Colleyville, Texas. Our prayers are with the hostages and those who love them. We all do.

Attacks against Jews are happening too frequently in America. This is yet another reminder of the threat that our community faces every day. In recent years, we have witnessed violence at our houses of worship in Pittsburgh, Poway, and Monsey. It does not matter what religious denomination the synagogue serves nor the political views of its members. The only thing in common amongst these targets is that they are all Jews. 

The fact that a house of worship – designed to foster peace – is being targeted makes these acts extraordinarily reprehensible. American Jews are not the only religious group facing assaults on our houses of worship either. An attack against any house of prayer – be it Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, and any other – is an assault on American democracy and our nation’s deepest commitment to freedom of religion. It must stop.

We will continue to monitor the situation closely and maintain our prayers for as long as it takes. We are currently in touch with officials from the Homeland Security Department and are grateful for both their active engagement and that of all law enforcement agencies that are working to resolve the situation peacefully, and without loss of life.

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