April 1, 2002 / 19 Nisan 5762
We watch in horror as the suicide bombings continue, day in and day out. We are in mourning alongside our brothers and sisters in Israel, weeping for the innocent lives lost in the violence. And we wonder, "What can we do? What can we say?"
Wednesday, as Passover draws to a close, Reform synagogues will be holding Yizkor services.
I urge you to remember the victims of the violence in your worship. You will find at the end of this fax a sample prayer for this purpose.
Secondly, I urge you to encourage the members of your congregation to tell President Bush that we appreciate the American government's support for Israel and the Jewish people. Such communication is especially critical now because we know that the President is hearing from those who oppose American policy and make excuses for Palestinian terror.
Earlier today,I sent the President of the United States a letter, which can be used as a guide for your own letters. Please feel free to add words of your own when writing to the White House, and circulate this alert to as wide a network as you can.
Letters can be e-mailed to both the President and the Vice-President at the following addresses. Put the following in the subject line: "Thank you for standing with Israel."
Alternatively, you may send your letter via fax to the White House at: 202-456-2461.
I wish you and all your families a continued happy Passover. Let us continue to pray for the peace of Jerusalem, and for all its inhabitants.
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