We are deeply concerned about the sharp increase in anti-Semitic rhetoric and violence, locally and nationally. Joining Mayor London Breed and the San Francisco Interfaith Council, we unequivocally condemn all acts of bigotry, hatred and violence, including those against Jews. We value our Jewish neighbors, local synagogues, schools and community centers, as well as Jewish-owned businesses, and decry the harassment and violence that have been perpetrated against them.
We recognize the sacred ties of the Jewish people to the land of Israel. We also recognize the sacredness of the land to Muslims, Christians, and Palestinians, and mourn the violence of occupation. However, the relationship of diaspora Jews to the land of Israel must never be conflated with the actions of the State of Israel. Acts of bigotry and violence against Jews in the U.S. are hate crimes and undermine legitimate efforts to build justice and peace among Israelis and Palestinians. We lament historical and contemporary Christian anti-Semitism, perpetuated in our interpretation of scripture, liturgical practices, and activism.
We pray for renewed relationship and trust.
A prayer for healing anti-Semitism
God of every nation:
You gave the world into our care to be stewards of justice and messengers of goodwill.
Spread a shelter of peace around our Jewish neighbors and all they hold dear.
Cleanse the bias that infects our hearts and the bigotry that grips our hands,
that we may restore the trust between us and together repair the world, to your mercy and glory, we pray.