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Reform Jewish Leader Responds to Shooting at Holocaust Museum

Yoffie: “That today’s shooting at the United States Holocaust Museum should take place at a site expressly created to teach the world about the destruction and devastation brought about by human evil deepens the resonance of this terrible act.”

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WASHINGTON, D.C., June 10, 2009 – In response to today’s shooting at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Rabbi Eric Yoffie, President of the Union for Reform Judaism, issued the following statement:

That today’s shooting at the United States Holocaust Museum should take place at a site expressly created to teach the world about the destruction and devastation brought about by human evil deepens the resonance of this terrible act.

As we await further details of this afternoon's attack, our prayers are with the victims and their families for a speedy and full recovery. We also express our gratitude to the police officers and security guards who responded so swiftly to this incident.

[Rabbi David Saperstein, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, answered questions from readers at WashingtonPost.com about racism and reactions to the shooting. His answers can be found here.]

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The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism is the Washington office of the Union for Reform Judaism, whose more than 900 congregations across North America encompass 1.5 million Reform Jews, and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, whose membership includes more than 1,800 Reform rabbis.



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