“The Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Phoenix condemns the brutal and horrific attack on the two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand today that killed 49 people and injured many more.

The attack on worshipers during their Friday prayers is an absolute affront to humanity, and we mourn the loss of lives of innocent worshipers.

The New Zealand Jewish Council stated earlier today, there are “no adequate words to describe how sickened and devastated we are by the coordinated attacks on Christchurch mosques today. We offer our full assistance and support to the Muslim community and stand united with it against the scourge of terrorism and racism…we must do all we can to banish from New Zealand.”

We stand in support and solidarity with the Muslim community of Phoenix and the Muslim community worldwide in this dark hour.

We will continue to fight against hate and Islamophobia, and together we will confront all forms of racism that plague humanity.”


The JCRC’s Rabbi Bonnie Sharfman and Executive Director Paul Rockower, along with the Arizona Faith Network’s Executive Director Reverend Katie Sexton, visited the United Islamic Center of Arizona to offer support and solidarity to the Muslim Community of Phoenix for the Jummah Friday Prayers.

Furthermore, Executive Director Rockower recorded a message of solidarity with Imam Didmar Faja to express the Jewish community’s support during these troubled times.