Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ stands with the community of Charleston, South Carolina and the congregants of the Emanuel AME Church today as they confront the most horrific of acts – the hateful slaughter of nine in a holy sanctuary. Hate crimes affect both individuals and entire communities. They are meant to isolate and terrorize. We stand, in direct contrast, for an inclusive and pluralistic community – one that cherishes life and recognizes that every person is created in the divine image. This horrible act reminds us of the ugly currents of racism that still run deep in our society. We must address hatred directly and justly. Just last week, our New Jersey legislature unanimously passed a resolution condemning hate crimes committed against faith-based groups and anti-Semitism in New Jersey and around the world. We must clearly and unequivocally demonstrate that there is no place for hatred in our society. May the memories of those lost be for a blessing.