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A Tragic Week


Like so many of my neighbors and friends, I turned on my phone on Tuesday night to read the shocking news of the murders of neighbors in Rogers Park. This news came just as we wrapped up the Jewish high holidays, and the celebration of Sukkot and Simchat Torah. I was fortunate to know Eliyahu Moskowitz and his family and the JNDC has been working closely with the family as an interface with the many members of the media who otherwise would be bombarding them with requests for comment.

The Moscowitz family asked that we thank the community for your outpouring of support during this heartwrenching period.  While the police continue their investigation of this horrific crime, we remain vigilant and alert of our surroundings.

You can read some of the coverage here:
We thank Alderman Silverstein for convening the informational meeting with the leadership of the Chicago Police Department last night at the Bernard Horwich JCC.  And we thank the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago for announcing a generous reward for information leading to the capture and conviction of the perpetrator of these horrendous crimes.

Finally, as we mourn the loss of Eliyahu Moscowitz and Douglas Watts, the best way to combat hate is with good. Find a way to do a "mitzvah" for a neighbor, pay it forward with an act of kindness. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and community.

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