On Friday, February 3, members of the Jewish community formed “Rings of Peace” around seven mosques in the GTA, to show that we believe everyone should be permitted to pray in peace, safety and security. This event was the initiative of our member, Holy Blossom Temple’s Rabbi Yael Splansky. The Toronto Board of Rabbis is proud to have played an active role in making this event a reality. Thank you to our partners: VeAhavta, our synagogues, churches in the GTA, interfaith councils of Halton and Peel, and all people of good-will who stood together on a chilly Friday afternoon to offer comfort and hope to our Muslim neighbors. To find out more, click on the links below.
- CBC: GTA mosques surrounded by ‘rings of peace’ from members of all faiths
- Huffington Post: ‘Rings Of Peace’ Surround Canada’s Mosques In Wake Of Deadly Attack
- The Guardian: Canadians form ‘rings of peace’ around mosques after Quebec shooting
- The Star: In wake of Quebec mosque attack comes amazing gesture with rings of peace: Paradkar
- The Times of Israel: After massacre, Canadian Jews form ‘rings of peace’ around mosques
- CTV: Interfaith groups to form ‘rings of peace’ around mosques in Canada today
- The Algemeiner: Canadian Rabbi Leads ‘Ring of Peace’ Around Toronto Mosques to Express Solidarity With Quebec Shooting Victims
TBR Statement on Quebec Mosque Shooting
Last night the Canadian Citizens and residents of the Centre Culturel Islamique de Quebec, were attacked and a number were brutally murdered. We as a community condemn this heinous deed.
Our tradition emphasizes the sanctity of human life, reminding us that the taking of one life is akin to destroying an entire world.
Such violence is intended to instill fear and to sunder the bonds that bind the people of this country. Standing arm-in-arm with all Canadians of goodwill, let us resolve to redouble our commitment to our shared life in Canada, through small acts of decency bringing succor to the afflicted; let us insist that life here will not be overturned through the spilling of blood.
We express our condolences to the families of those murdered, and we pray for a complete healing for the numerous individuals injured in this attack. To the members of the Centre Culturel Islamique de Quebec and to our Muslim neighbors throughout Canada we offer our deepest sympathy and support.
Rabbi Debra Landsberg
Toronto Board of Rabbis