A Message To Our Community From Our President

Witnessing the horrifying violence at our nation's Capitol last Wednesday was a reminder of just how precious our democracy is. After Congress reconvened to complete its Constitutional task of certifying the presidential election, we are relieved to know our democracy still stands. We are thankful many of our elected officials showed great strength during this threat. Of course, we are saddened at the resulting loss of life.

The shocking events remind us yet again of the critical work that must continue to combat white supremacy and extremism. And as we saw so clearly last week, words matter. They can ignite the flames of hatred, or they can heal and bring people together. We are so grateful to be part of a community committed to fighting hate and division and embracing social justice, unity, and peace. As we continue to make sense of the last few days and look ahead, let's commit to eradicating hate of all kinds and helping our country deliver on its promise of opportunity and justice for all.

Joe Shumow
Jewish Federation of Madison