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Beth Tikvah Congregation

Our House of Hope

300 Hillcrest Blvd, Hoffman Estates, IL 60169  


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From the President's Desk

Terrie O'Day, President

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Stop the Hate

As I sit here to write my article for this month, I am devastated by the news of what happened in Charlottesville, VA. I find I am unable to ignore that this major display of hatred and violence has occurred. I am watching and reading about the peaceful solidarity rallies being held around the country showing support for the people of Charlottesville and I too am compelled to join in. I feel it is impossible for me to sit idly by and watch displays of hatred like this continue to happen around the country and around the world. We as Jews have had to deal with a lion’s share of hatred and anti-Semitism for hundreds of years. Our children still face these challenges in our local schools every day, right here in suburbia. I feel deeply for those who are experiencing hatred for being different, whether that is in race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, ability or other life choices.

Our Jewish tradition teaches us to be tolerant and accepting of others. Stop the hate! We don’t have to love everybody or even like or agree with them, but we do need to respect each other for our beliefs and human rights. I feel the need to find ways to stand together with my Beth Tikvah family and other members of the diverse community around us: to oppose the hate mongers and extremists that perpetuate this fear and anger. We need to teach our children a better way to handle what is going on around us - to lead by example. We need to work towards living in peace with each other.

With the New Year upon us, and as we prepare for the High Holy Days, I find myself contemplating the signs seen around the country: Hate Has No Home Here!

I wish you and your families a very Happy, Healthy and Peaceful New Year and a meaningful Yom Kippur!

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