March 18, 2019

Imam: Mohammed ElFiki

Islamic Society of CNY

925 Comstock Ave
Syracuse, NY 13210

Dear Imam ElFiki,

The Jewish Community of Central New York is shocked and deeply saddened by the unconscionable and horrific attacks of terrorism against innocent worshippers at prayer at the two mosques in New Zealand. Our prayers go out to the families of the victims and members of the Christchurch community.

The venomous voices and violent actions of those hate-mongers among us must not be tolerated. Xenophobia, Islamophobia, Antisemitism and all other forms of hatred and bigotry must be loudly, clearly and unequivocally denounced as affronts to all of humanity.

We stand in solidarity with our Muslim friends around the world. For the victims we mourn. May their memories be a blessing forever. And, for the living, it is our duty and obligation to continue to strive for a better, more just world where we can all live together in peace and harmony.


Michael Balanoff                      Ellen S. Weinstein

President/CEO                         Chair of the Board

Jewish Federation of Central New York