STATEMENT BY THE CLERGY OF THE TOWN OF ORANGE

In response to the recent anti-Semitic, homophobic and racist rhetoric and actions that have been reported at the Amity High School, we, the members of the Clergy of the Town of Orange stand together and condemn any and all such language and express our profound sadness that students in the Amity School System are being subjected to these hurtful words and symbols of hate. We find these actions gravely offensive and totally unacceptable.

As leaders of the Houses of Worship in the town of Orange we have always enjoyed an engaging and thoughtful Interfaith Dialogue. We stand united and affirm our longstanding and positive relations with the Jewish Community and peoples of all religions.
Furthermore, we encourage the parents in our congregations and in the wider community to discuss these issues with their children and to model for them respectful regard for the dignity of all people. We have been working closely with the Amity High School Administration, A.D.L. and local teenagers establishing the next steps forward.

We pray that during this Holy Season that celebrates peace, thankfulness and good will among all people, that with God's grace and help, mutual respect, understanding and love will prevail.

Rev. Timothy Boerger, Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church
Rev. Father Norman Brockett, Holy Infant Roman Catholic Church
Imam Bachir Djehiche, New Haven Islamic Center
Rabbi Michael Farbman, Temple Emanuel
Rev. James Latimer, Orange Congregational Church
Rev. Peter Orfanakos, St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church
Rabbi Alvin Wainhaus, Congregation Or Shalom

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