JCRC Director's Note

Refu’ah Sh’leymah

Max Patashnik Headshot

May 13, 2021

The deeply disturbing news from Israel this week has been all-consuming, and I’ve been reflecting on what it means for our Jewish community here. A year ago, the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) was re-created with the mission of leveraging Jewish Puget Sound’s strength and heart to secure a vibrant Jewish future locally, in Israel, and around the world. A core purpose of the council is supporting a peaceful, secure, Jewish, and democratic State of Israel.

The loss of too many innocent lives – both Israelis and Palestinians – leaves us heartbroken. We extend our prayers for speedy healing and recovery, refu’ah sh’leymah—to all who are suffering. There is no justification, ever, for indiscriminate violence, and we hope for a swift de-escalation.

The roots of the tensions and violence that we have seen are, as is nearly always the case, multi-faceted. We have been closely monitoring what is happening in Israel, learning from experts who have years of experience, and we will continue to do so. To understand the situation with clarity and insight, it’s important to avoid information monocultures and hear diverse points of view.

To that end, we are sharing a list of resources and opportunities to get involved. Our JCRC’s core value of elu v’elu, openness to multiple perspectives, reminds us of the value of deeper understanding and our obligation to wrestle with complexity. Through this understanding, we will be better able to support one another and our brothers and sisters in Israel through this incredibly painful time.

Max Patashnik
Director of JCRC and Government Affairs