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Local clergy stand together against anti-Semitism

Posted at 5:42 PM, May 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-02 17:42:50-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A powerful show of solidarity. Religious leaders of all faiths stood together Thursday to denounce anti-Semitism and white supremacy.

There have been a rising number of anti-Semitic attacks in America and around the world, which is why religious leaders in Tallahassee, not only interfaith clergy, but across racial lines are coming together as a show of moral strength against hate.

"We have come this day, to let our Jewish brothers and sisters know that we strongly disagree with the nationalists' agenda of hate and anti-Semitism," said RB Holmes Jr., Pastor at Bethel Missionary Baptist Church.

Creating a unified community. That's what Tallahassee clergy members are doing to denounce White Supremacy and hatred.

"They want us to live in fear. We have to operate in faith and be extremely courageous about what is happening in America and we are going to fight against the White Nationalist agenda," said Paster Holmes.

On Thursday evening, Temple Israel will hold a service for Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, which memorializes the victims and lessons of the Holocaust.

Rabbi Jack Romberg says it's strange and sad that just days ago there was yet another shooting at a synagogue. He says no matter what religion someone chooses, we have to represent the morality that God teaches all of us.

"Love your neighbor, take care of the stranger, embrace each other, spread love," said Romberg.

And it's only that love that can destroy hate.

"Let's come together. When our Jewish people and friends are hurting, we are all hurting," said Pastor Holmes. "Let's not let folks divide us around gender, race or religion."

Rabbi Romberg says relationships will continue to be built between clergy in Tallahassee through the Tallahassee Interfaith Clergy Group, which meets every month and between Temple Israel and different churches around town.