Praise for Leadership in Beverly

Published June 02, 2016, issue of June 02, 2016.

One of the op-eds in this edition is written by Rabbi Alison Adler and synagogue President, Attorney Alan Pierce, regarding the recent desecration of Temple B’Nai Abraham.

Both leaders act like leaders at a time when the Jewish community is searching for answers to the desecration of the synagogue as well as for answers to how such incidents can be turned into learning lessons and avoided so there is not a next time around.

Adler and Pierce have been joined by key members of the Beverly non-Jewish clergy and Mayor Dan Cahill in denouncing the desecration as well as to move forward together to do something about it.

The message from Adler and Pierce is a classic example of high-minded Jewish thinking in response to a not so high-minded incident that left the synagogue soiled with the written rubbish of someone or other who should have known better.

The Beverly incident and how Jewish leaders responded to it is, by contrast to places like Newton, a clear sign that Beverly Jewish leaders understand the importance of fighting back against ignorance and hatred whenever it rears its ugly head.

We thank Beverly’s Jewish leaders for their leadership.

We thank also Beverly’s non-Jewish clergy for reaching out to us during our time of need.

It says a lot about the good people of Beverly.

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