December 1, 2008, New York, NY--Rabbi Eric Yoffie, president of the Union for Reform Judaism, issued the following statement about the terror attacks in Mumbai and the death of six people at the Chabad House.
As details emerge regarding last weeks senseless terrorist attacks in Mumbai, our grief for all those affected deepens. The tragic loss of life throughout the city weighs heavy on our hearts, reminding us yet again of the persistent and ever-present threat of terrorism worldwide. We send our heartfelt condolences to the nation of India and to the families of all who were murdered as well as our prayers for a rfuah shlema a complete & speedy recovery for those injured.
As we mourn the deaths of all those killed in these horrific acts of violence, we remain acutely disturbed by the terrorists targeted attacks on Americans, Britons and Jews. In particular, we grieve for the six individuals who lost their lives at the Chabad House of Mumbai, located at Nariman House, where visitors and staff were singled out for hatred and violence simply because they were Jewish. As American Jews, these targeted attacks affect us on a deep and personal level, reminding us that although we have come far in fulfilling our hope that one day we will see the end to anti-Semitism and the violence it too often begets, we still have much further to go before this dream become a reality. May the memories of those lost Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg, Rivka Holtzberg, Bentzion Kruman, Rabbi Leibish Teitelbaum, Yoheved Orpaz and Norma Shvarzblat Rabinovich ever be for a blessing.
We continue to stand with the people of India as they rebuild from the devastation of last weeks nightmarish events, praying that safety and security are restored in Mumbai and that the perpetrators behind these acts of hate will be revealed and brought to justice. Furthermore, in this turbulent and tragic time, we reaffirm our commitment to combating bigotry and hate worldwide and to working toward a better, more perfect world.