OU Statement on Heinous Attack on Jews in Monsey, NY

29 Dec 2019

The Orthodox Union, which represents the nation’s largest network of Orthodox synagogues, expresses its deepest sympathy to the Jewish community of Monsey, NY following the heinous act of terror last night.

“With anti-Semitic attacks occurring on a daily basis, we can no longer respond with platitudes. Acts of anti-Semitism must be treated as domestic terrorism, and our laws must be changed to reflect the impact of such crimes on our democratic values,” said Orthodox Union Executive Vice President Allen Fagin. “We commend Gov. Andrew Cuomo for moving beyond expressions of horror, to recommending the kinds of concrete action that will eliminate this threat to our community. This was the ninth anti-Semitic attack in the New York City area in the past week. It is the fundamental responsibility of government to protect the safety of all of its citizens. This responsibility must be effectuated with all resources necessary to accomplish this purpose.”

“All of us in the Jewish community share the pain of the Monsey community following this horrific act. The time for talk about anti-Semitic attacks is over – this is a time for action,” said Orthodox Union President Moishe Bane.

Founded in 1898, the Orthodox Union, (OU), serves as the voice of American Orthodox Jewry, with over 400 congregations in its synagogue network. As the umbrella organization for American Orthodox Jewry, the OU is at the forefront of advocacy work on both state and federal levels, outreach to Jewish teens and young professionals through NCSY, Israel Free Spirit Birthright, Yachad and OU Press, among many other divisions and programs. For more information, visit https://www.ou.org/