Today, the leadership of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America – the nation’s largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization – issued the following statement in the wake of the events of January 6, 2021 at the United States Capitol:
“We are deeply saddened and shaken by yesterday’s violent events at the U.S. Capitol that have badly upset our sense of peace and security. There is no place for the kind of outrageous incitement that fed that assault on the pillars of our democracy. It must stop.
“We call upon President Trump to do all that is in his power – and it is indeed in his power – to restore that peace.
“For centuries, we have gathered in our synagogues to pray for the peace and security of our country and its government. Those prayers have been uniquely fulfilled in the blessed United States of America, with its strong democracy and respect for its duly elected government and the rule of law.
“We pray to the Almighty that He grant strength and wisdom to President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris as they lead this great country forward in unity, peace, and security.”