UJO Statement Regarding Antisemitic Shooting at Kosher Market in Jersey City

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    Emergency responders work at a kosher supermarket, the site of a shooting in Jersey City, N.J., Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019. Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop said gunmen targeted the market during a shooting that killed multiple people Tuesday. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

    NEW YORK (UJO Williamsburg) The community is saddened and is mourning the loss of two innocent, people, the most-special of our community.

    Mindel Ferencz may she rest in peace, was a pioneer. She and her husband were of the very first to relocate from Williamsburg, due to the sky-rocketing prices of housing, to settle in Jersey City. They did not do it for themselves, but to pave the way for a new community that lives harmoniously with their neighbors. She was a caring and nurturing mother for her five children, and at the same time helped her husband who ran the first kosher grocery in the area, to ensure that the community’s families have were to shop and feed their children.

    A life of selflessness, and dedication to others, full of love, was cut short by vicious hate-filled murders.

    Moshe Deutsch may he rest in peace, was dedicated to studying his Jewish faith everyday by learning in a Yeshiva he was instrumental in establishing and getting off the ground. He was extremely kind and generous and was the go-to person when his peers needed help. Moshe is also the son of our devoted and energetic board member, Abe Deutsch, who is a pillar of the UJO and is the main force behind the largest food distribution for Passover feedings thousands upon thousands. Abe’s kindness knows no bounds and even though he is occupied with managing a business, individuals needing assistance knock on his door regularly for help. Moshe followed in his father’s footsteps and devoted his spare time and energy to help organize the UJO Passover food distribution and many other acts of kindness.

    The community lost a promising-upcoming charitable person who was spreading love and kindness. He was butchered by people filled with poisonous animosity. Our heart goes out to both families and to our board member, Abe.

    We mourn and send our condolences for the loss of Jersey City Police Department Detective Joseph Seals. He selflessly devoted and gave his life to protect others from gun violence. May he rest in peace, may his family find comfort and solace, and may Hashem protect all members of the law enforcement who risks their lives in line of duty to protect others. They represent the finest among us.

    We can’t let the sorrow stop us. Of course, we’ll collect ourselves and go on with our lives. At the same time, we can’t let the horrible hate go on and threaten us. It’s too late already. The hate that springs up all over, now cut short lives so close to home. But we have to act now so that we don’t have to mourn precious lives in the future.

    We don’t have answers, but have many questions, that we’re asking for a while:

    • What causes this hate?
    • How can the hate be stopped in the tracks and intercepted?
    • How can we foster love to counter and avoid these hateful feelings?
    • How can the community be better protected?
    The list goes on.

    The grave seriousness of the situation of this calls for the creation of a working group, a task force, that should include law enforcement members from all levels of the government, community leaders from the Jewish and other communities, to try to study and track down this horrendous problem and come up with a strategy to foster love, stop hate, intercept and take action against haters before it’s too late, and make communities feel safe once again.

    Time and again, we hear words of sympathies and resolve after an attack, only to hear it again after another attack. It’s time for action.

    Rabbi David Niederman, President of the United Jewish Organizations (UJO) of Williamsburg and North Brooklyn.

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    24 COMMENTS

    1. Sorry to say, this isn’t antisemitism, it’s a terrible response to the mess Zionism has created and the press that is generated by Israeli police doing such things as putting children in headlocks and uses snipers to kill nurses. This poor people had nothing to do with the state or Zionism yet they are the ones who paid the price.

    2. The fault is the secular Jewish groups like the ADL which promotes anti semitism. They thrive on it. They run full page ads shnorring for money. Fifty million dollars a year. They hate Torah Judaism as well as president Trump. Also responsible are the machers. Yes the machers who support liberal democratic politicians who are soft on crime. All these machers supported Hillary
      And now they shed crocodile tears. They caused the increase in crime. Now the murder rate is going up in New York because of the liberal mayor. Nadler and Schumer and Engel are our enemies. They want to bring down Trump the defender of Israel while they supported Iran getting 150 billion building nukes. Unless we all register to outvote the liberal Democrats there will be more victims.

    3. ADL is now run by Jonathan Greenblatt, a progressive former Obama employee and more concerned about ” social justice” than Jewish affairs for which ADL schnorrs. The retired head, Abe Foxman, though a liberal , was the last of the normal ones. Greenblatt is a disgrace.

    4. Its terrible, to have to bury young people. Now Satmar will understand what Dati do when they bury young people killed by Arab terrorists whether in or out of uniform. How would Satmar/Neturei Karta like it if we normal Jews would now embrace the murderers of these kedoshim? Rightfully they would not like it, so that’s what we normal Jews feel when NK/Satmar march with Hamas.

    5. I am responsible when other yiddin are killed. Only Me.

      I don’t love every Yid enough. I speak lashon harah about other yidden. I hate other yiddin because of where they daven, where they learned when they were younger, where their sons learn now, the hashgachahs they eat, the hashgachahs they don’t eat, the size of their house, the size of their kappel, the color of their shirt, the legnth of their wives’ shaitelach, how many children they have, what they drive and especially for who they vote.

      It is Only Me and I will go thru severe din vacheshbon because I, and only I, can change Only Me.

    6. Israel as a State did not exist until 1948. Th are was antisemitism way before that. The Romans destroyed the Bais Hamikdosh. The Spanish Inquisition. The Pogroms in Europe. They all happened before 1948. An antisemite needs no reason to hate

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