Response to Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting

Eleven Jewish people died yesterday, while worshipping the God of Israel on Shabbat in their beloved synagogue, observing an ancient custom that unites us as a people. This marks the deadliest attack on a Jewish community in American history. There are no words sufficient to capture the depths of my grief as a Jewish woman, a mother, and a defender of refugees.

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Monique Brumbach
Israel Turns Seventy

The state of Israel celebrates its 70th anniversary on April 19 this year. Amid the tensions and challenges of the turbulent Middle East it's a day of celebration for Israel and recognition of the "first-fruits of redemption," as the Jewish people from around the world reclaim and restore their ancient homeland.

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Russ Resnik
Remembering Peter Hocken

Fr. Peter was one of the pillars of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal. He served for many years on the International Leadership Council of Toward Jerusalem Council II, “an initiative of repentance and reconciliation between the Jewish and Gentile segments of the Church” (TJCII.org).

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Monique Brumbach
Statement on UN Resolution 2334

We call upon the US government to actively oppose any further attempts to delegitimize Israel in the international arena, whether through the various organs of the United Nations or in multilateral summits such as the upcoming Paris Conference.

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Monique Brumbach
UMJC Declares Solidarity with Black Churches

As Jewish followers of Jesus, or Yeshua, the Messiah, we express our concern and solidarity toward the African-American Christian community during these recent difficult times. In the aftermath of the unthinkable loss of nine members of Emanuel AME Church in Charleston on June 17, six black churches have been destroyed by fire in South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, and Florida.

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Monique Brumbach
In Memory of Rabbi Betzalel Budoff, 1950 – 2014

Our friend and colleague Rabbi Barry (Betzalel) Budoff passed away unexpectedly the evening of July 25, as he prepared to celebrate Shabbat with his family. The entire UMJC community joins with the Budoff family, and with his home congregation, B’nai Maccabim in the Chicago area, in mourning their loss. Rabbi Betzalel was a pillar of our community, and a true friend and mentor to many. Baruch dayan emet. Blessed be the true judge.

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Monique Brumbach