NJ Community of Conscience condemns attack in Jersey City

NJ Community of Conscience condemns attack in Jersey City

AJC NEW JERSEY launched in October the New Jersey Community of Conscience (NJ-COC), a state-wide initiative comprised of leaders from various religious, ethnic, civil, and social justice communities. The group was created to serve as responders when any one of our communities is targeted by hate or bias.

The inaugural members of the NJ-COC, along with the undersigned members of the Coalition of Religious Leaders of New Jersey, strongly condemn the horrific violence perpetrated at the Jersey City Kosher Supermarket on Dec. 10. Our prayers go out to those injured and our deepest condolences to the families who lost loved ones, including Jersey City Detective Joseph Seals, Leah Minda Ferencz, Moshe Deutsch, and Miguel Jason Rodriguez.

This tragic event reminds us that continued vigilance is essential in this time of a disturbing rise in anti-Semitic and other hate incidents in New Jersey and across the country.

We are grateful to law enforcement and elected officials who responded so quickly and are investigating this heinous attack.

Hate and bias of any kind cannot be tolerated in New Jersey, or anywhere in our country or world. An attack on one of our communities is an attack on all communities. We proudly stand together to speak out, and up, for one another.

Leaders interested in joining the Community of Conscience should contact
AJC New Jersey Director Rabbi David C. Levy at levyd@ajc.org.


New Jersey Community of Conscience members (in formation)

Adriana Abizadeh
Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund

Atiya Aftab
Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom

Very Rev. Peter Baktis
Orthodox Church of America

Rabbi Philip Bazeley
Anshe Emeth Memorial Temple, New Brunswick

Rev. Charles F. Boyer
Bethel A.M.E. Church and Salvation and Social Justice

M. Ali Chaudry, Ph.D.
NJ Muslim Jewish Advisory Council and NJ Interfaith Coalition

Christian Fuscarino
Garden State Equality

Rev. Rob Gregson
Unitarian Universalist FaithAction NJ

Reverend Jack Johnson
Coalition of Religious Leaders of New Jersey

Rabbi David C. Levy
AJC New Jersey

Imam Adeyinka Mendes
The Muslim Center of Greater Princeton

Pinakin Pathak
Hindu Jewish Coalition

Raghu Rao
Hindu Jewish Coalition and Forum for Religious Freedom

Rev. Matthew P. Ristuccia

Prema L. Roddam, Esq.
South Asian Bar Association

Rev. Louise Scott-Rountree
Office of the Mayor of Newark

Philip Sellinger, Esq.
NJ Muslim Jewish Advisory Council

Rev. Dr. Lee B. Spitzer
American Baptist Churches USA

President Bradley H. Thatcher
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints


Coalition of Religious Leaders of New Jersey

Rev. Timothy Levi Adkins-Jones
Pastor, Bethany Baptist Church

Rev. Darrell Armstrong
General Baptist Convention of NJ

V. Rev. Peter A. Baktis
Orthodox Church of America

Bishop Tracie Bartholomew
NJ Synod Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Imam Qareeb Bashir
Islamic Council of Greater Trenton

Rev. Dr. Tanya Bennett
Greater NJ Annual Conference, UMC

Very Reverend Archimandrite Ambrose Bitziadis-Bowers
Ecumenical Officer, Greek Metropolis of NJ

Rev. Charles Boyer
Executive Director, Salvation and Social Justice

Mr. Marcus Burnett
President, NJ Council of Churches

M. Ali Chaudry, Ph.D.
Islamic Society of Basking Ridge

The Most Reverend James F. Checchio
Bishop of the Diocese of Metuchen

Rev. Dr. Harold Delhagen
Presbyterian Synod of the Northeast

Joan M. Diefenbach, Esq.
Director, NJ Council of Churches 

Rev. Leslie Dobbs-Allsopp
Interim Executive of the Elizabeth Presbytery

Rabbi Menashe East
Interfaith Council of Morris County

Rev. Bolivar Flores
Vice President of the NJ Coalition of Latino Pastors and Ministers

Rabbi Daniel Geretz
Maayan of West Orange

Rabbi Matthew Gewirtz
Congregation B’nai Jeshurun, Short Hills

Rabbi Arnold Gluck
Temple Beth El, Hillsborough

Fr. Timothy Graff
Archdiocese of Newark

Rabbi Andy Green
Tri-County Board of Rabbis

Rev. Rob Gregson
Unitarian Universalist Faith Action

Bishop Carlye Hughes
Episcopal Diocese of Newark

Rev. Jack Johnson
Coordinator, Coalition of Religious Leaders

Rev. Seth Kaper-Dale
Reformed Church of America

Mr. James King
NJ Catholic Conference

Rabbi David C. Levy
Director, AJC New Jersey

Rev. Sara Lilja
Director of Lutheran Office of Governmental Ministries

Rev. Dr. A. Roy Medley
Past President, National Council of Churches

Rev. Miriam Mendez
Executive Minister, American Baptist Churches of NJ

Rev. Freeman Palmer
Conference Minister of Central Atlantic Conference,
United Church of Christ

Rev. Jeanne Radak
Presbytery Leader, Newton Presbytery

Rev. Scott Russell
Ecumenical and Interfaith Officer, Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey

Bishop John Schol
Greater NJ Conference of the United Methodist Church

Rev. Louise Scott-Rountree
Clergy Affairs Manager, Office of the Mayor of Newark

Father Guy Selvester
Diocese of Metuchen

Rabbi Alan Silverstein
Rabbinical Assembly

Ms. Harinder Singh
Sikh Research Institute

Reverend Barbara Smith
Executive Presbyter, Newark Presbytery

Bishop William Stokes
Episcopal Diocese of NJ

Bishop Dennis J. Sullivan
Diocese of Camden

Cardinal Joseph Tobin, C. Ss. R.
Roman Catholic Archbishop of Newark

Rev. Bob Tomlinson
New Brunswick Presbyter

Rabbi David Z. Vaisberg
Temple B’nai Abraham, Livingston

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