FJMC Statement on the Violent Unrest at the U.S. Capitol Building on 1/6/2021

The Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs joins in expressing our shock over the violence that took place at the United States Capitol Wednesday afternoon. We call on the leaders of the U.S. and all concerned individuals to condemn this attack on The United State’s democracy in the strongest of terms. We support the peaceful transfer of power, which has been the symbol of democratic societies and governments and has been the hallmark of the United States since the very inception of the country

We express our gratitude to law enforcement for re-establishing control of the Capitol, and pray for their continued safety and the security of elected officials and their staff.

Jewish communities thrive in democratic societies where our civil liberties are guaranteed and leaders affirm the rule of law.   Now is the time for all political leaders to unequivocally denounce hatred and to work to heal the divides of the nation.  We must recognize our differences, but strive to bring people to civil dialogue in peace and mutual respect.  Political differences are part of a democracy, but so is civil discussion.  Hatred spewed by any part of the political spectrum historically has had negative consequences for the Jewish community.

The Talmud warns us, “Pray for the welfare of the government, for without it… man would swallow his fellow man” and thus every Shabbat morning, during the Torah Services we pray, “May citizens of all races and creeds form a common bond in true harmony, to banish hatred and bigotry, and to safeguard the ideals and free institutions that are the pride and glory of our country.”

May we move forward into time of healing and may the Almighty grant us peace.


For more information, contact: Tom Sudow, President, FJMC  216 396-4030