The Greensboro Jewish Federation expresses its heartfelt gratitude for the resolution of the situation at Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas. We are appreciative of the immediate and unwavering efforts of local and national law enforcement officials in managing the delicate situation and ending the standoff with all hostages being released and reunited with their families.
This incident serves as a reminder that we must be vigilant in combating and confronting antisemitism and all forms of hatred.
Echoing Rabbi Cytron-Walker of Congregation Beth Israel, we share an appreciation for the security resources and training provided by national agencies that helped resolve the situation. The Secure Community Network (SCN - a part of the Jewish Federations of North America), Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and the FBI are still investigating this incident. At this point, they have reported no ongoing credible threats to the Jewish community.
This act took place against the backdrop of rising antisemitism that has swept through the United States and the world in recent years. We add our voice to those who rise in opposition to such acts of hate and division.
Please find ADL resources on antisemitism here, and resources for talking with children below.
Helping Students Make Sense of News Stories About Bias and Injustice: General guidance for educators when current events about bias & injustice happen. Suggestions for how to approach and frame the conversation.
Empowering Young People in the Aftermath of Hate: An “evergreen” resource for when issues of bias or hate occur. There is suggested language for families and educators based on grade level of the child.
Antisemitism Today: This table talk is for families to discuss antisemitism—please note that it uses the Tree of Life Synagogue Shooting as the framing.
How to Help Young People Counter Extremist Recruitment: The purpose of this toolkit is to help educators, parents and families support young people in understanding and resisting domestic extremist recruitment efforts.