Tree of Life Synagogue Shooting

Source: Pew Research Center

The Pittsburgh shooting is a very sad event. I hope it doesn’t cause my fellow Jews to lose faith in those outside our community. There is no better place to be a Jew than in America today.

This is so shocking because it happens so rarely. The voices of antisemites may be amplified in the current political context, and we can argue about whose fault it is. But do not lose sight of the fact that we are respected and protected by the vast majority of our neighbors

Among religious groups, on average Americans have positive feelings towards us, and only a minority of Americans harbor negative feelings towards us (see table below, captured from Pew report).

And it’s even more striking when you consider the fact that, in other societies, negative feelings towards Jews is much more common. (see figure at right, captured from Pew report).

As we speak about the fallout of Pittsburgh moving forward, I hope that our community will discuss our response in a way that maintains a cognizance of non-Jewish America’s general acceptance and respect. Don’t panic. Don’t needlessly impugn people. Don’t be extreme.

Source: Pew Research Center

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