Reform Movement Responds to Tragedy in Colorado



Late last night, a gunman armed with three weapons opened fire in a movie theater at a midnight showing of “The Dark Knight Rises,” injuring at least 38 and killing at least 12. This mass murder took place only 19 miles from the sight of the Columbine High School shootings in 1999.

James Holmes, 24, has been identified as the shooter and is in custody of the Aurora police. He has not yet indicated the motivation for this attack.

We are deeply saddened by this tragedy as we mourn with the families of those whose lives were taken and pray for those who have been injured. Representatives from the URJ have been in contact with our congregations near Aurora. Please contact us if you have questions or pertinent information.

Rabbi Saperstein’s statement in response to this tragedy can be found here.

Photo courtesy of Barry Gutierrez/AP

 

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Katharine Nasielski

About Katharine Nasielski

Katharine Burd Nasielski is the Communications Associate at the RAC and was an Eisendrath Legislative Assistant from 2011-2012. She graduated in 2011 from Northwestern University and is originally from Philadelphia, PA where she is a member of Society Hill Synagogue.

4 Responses to “Reform Movement Responds to Tragedy in Colorado”

  1. My Sympathy is with the families of the victums in Aurora,Co. of James Holmes

  2. Alice & Arthur Siegal Reply July 22, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    Denver was my home before moving to Seattle in 1941, where I met and married. I have visited many times since. Hence, I am familiar with the scene of violence. My heart goes out to all victims and survivors.

    As always, I say that David Saperstein speaks for me, and all of the Reform movement.

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