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Reform movement thanks law enforcement, highlights need for interfaith work

SWAT team members deploy near the Congregation Beth Israel Synagogue in Colleyville, Texas on January 15, 2022 (Andy JACOBSOHN / AFP)
SWAT team members deploy near the Congregation Beth Israel Synagogue in Colleyville, Texas on January 15, 2022 (Andy JACOBSOHN / AFP)

The Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) thanks law enforcement for their work to rescue the hostages at Congregation Beth Israel in the Texan city of Colleyville — a synagogue in the Reform stream of Judaism.

“We are relieved to learn the hostages are free and safe. The day began in prayer for Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker and his congregation and now it has ended with prayers of gratitude to God and to all who helped liberate the hostages,” the statement reads.

“We extend our deepest thanks and gratitude to law enforcement for their work to free the hostages and ensure they will be returning home to their families,” the organization says.

The URJ highlights the interfaith work done by its communities.

“Thank you to everyone who has stood in support and solidarity with the Jewish community on this difficult day, including our wonderful interfaith partners. Our diversity makes us strong and can keep us safe. Now, we must work together to protect our communities and simultaneously heed God’s call to build a world of safety, equity, and love.”

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