Statement Jewish Community January 16, 2022

Statement on Hostage Situation at Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas

Our hearts are with Congregation Beth Israel and the Jewish community in Texas following today’s terrifying attack in which a rabbi and several congregants were taken hostage. We are relieved to know they are now safe.

While we will learn more in the days to come about why the suspect chose to target this synagogue and community, we do know the attack comes amid a frightening rise in antisemitism and after several deadly attacks on U.S. synagogues in recent years, including Pittsburgh in 2018 and Poway, California in 2019.

To those who stand against hatred and bigotry, to those who stand for the dignity of all people, to those who stand for a just and inclusive society: please stand with the Jewish community. Antisemitism is real, and it is dangerous. We cannot stand idly by.