Anti-Semitism

A Statement of Solidarity with the Jewish Community (2014)

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Whereas, as Christians we recognize and are grateful for the Jewish roots of our faith, noting especially that Jesus himself was a Jew, and Whereas, the American Baptist Churches USA has passed multiple resolutions condemning anti-Semitism at its national conventions (1934, 1939, 1961), and many of our regions took similar actions during the Holocaust era, and

Whereas, the American Baptist Churches USA held its most recent biennial convention in Overland Park in 2013 and will return for its next biennial in 2015,

Therefore, we stand in solidarity with the Jewish community of Overland Park, Kansas and grieve with the families that lost loved ones in the Black Sunday attack at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City in Overland Park and at the Village Shalom Retirement Community in Leawood, on April 13, 2014, just one day before the start of Passover.

Furthermore, we reiterate our opposition to all forms of anti-Semitism and prejudice, in the United States and globally, and encourage our churches to do everything possible to express love and friendship to people of every nation, religion and race.

Approved by the Executive Committee of the American Baptist Churches of New Jersey on April 14, 2014
Prepared by Rev. Dr. Lee B. Spitzer, ABCNJ Executive Minister and Senior Regional Pastor

International Ministries Issues Resolutions on Anti-Semitism and Anti-Muslim Prejudice

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The Board of Directors of American Baptist International Ministries (IM) adopted far-reaching resolutions on September 11, 2014, in response to a global rise in anti-Semitism and anti-Muslim prejudice. The International Ministries Resolution on Anti-Semitism cites a growth in acts of anti-Semitic vandalism and attacks. In 2014, this included the defacing of an exhibition dedicated to child Holocaust victims in Paris; “death to the Jews” painted on the wall surrounding a Jewish cemetery in Odessa, Ukraine; and the murder of four people in a shooting at the Jewish Museum of Belgium in Brussels.

The Resolution notes that Christian faith is rooted in Judaism, into which believing Gentiles have spiritually been grafted. (Romans 11:17–18) Christians worship and follow God as revealed in Jesus of Nazareth, who was born a Jew, revered the Hebrew Scriptures, was crucified under the title “King of the Jews” and was buried according to Jewish burial custom. (Luke 2:1–7; Matthew 5:18; 7:12; 22–40; John 19:19; John 19:38–42)

The Resolution affirms the historic American Baptist stand against anti-Semitism and commends the U.S. government for appointing and maintaining a Special Envoy to Monitor Anti-Semitism, the Anti-Defamation League and the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights for their ongoing documentation of anti-Semitic attitudes and actions, the Baptist Union of Romania for its public denunciation of a December 2013 anti-Semitic Romanian television broadcast and the American Baptist Churches of New Jersey Council Executive Committee for issuing a “A Statement of Solidarity with the Jewish Community” following the April 2014 shooting in Kansas.

The International Ministries Resolution on Anti-Muslim Prejudice responds to growing anti-Muslim prejudice expressed in attitudes, acts of discrimination, vandalism and violence occurring in the U.S. and around the world. One of the examples cited by the Resolution occurred on January 28, 2014, when vulgar graffiti was painted on the entrance sign and raw bacon was strewn on the grounds of the Islamic Center of Manteca, California.

The Resolution affirms that all people are created in God’s image, bear God’s likeness and share a common origin. (Genesis 1:27, Acts 17:26) It urges congregations and partners in the U.S., Puerto Rico and all other nations around the world to use the Resolution as an occasion to reach out to Muslim neighbors and/or mosques to initiate mutual action toward confronting prejudice and to building relationships of understanding in which there can be mutual and respectful sharing of life and faith. Full-text copies of both resolutions are available online:

  • Download the International Ministries Resolution on Anti-Semitism here.
  • Download the International Ministries Resolution on Anti-Muslim Prejudice here.

ABCNJ Anti-Semitism Resolution Now in Spanish

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Declaración de Solidaridad con la Comunidad Judía (2014)

Considerando que, como cristianos reconocemos y estamos agradecidos por las raíces judías de nuestra fe, específicamente recordando que Jesús mismo fue un judío, y

Considerando que las Iglesias Bautistas Americanas USA en sus convenciones nacionales han aprobado varias resoluciones condenando el anti-semitismo (1934, 1939, 1944, 1962), una postura que fue reafirmada por el Comité Ejecutivo de la Junta General en 1983 y 1997, y

Considerando que muchas de nuestras Regiones aprobaron resoluciones y declaraciones similares durante la era del Holocausto, incluyendo las Iglesias Bautistas Americanas de New Jersey en 1946, y

Considerando que las Iglesias Bautistas Americanas USA realizaron su más reciente convención bienal en Overland Park, Kansas, en 2013, y que volverán a reunirse allí para su próxima bienal en 2015,

Por lo tanto, nos solidarizamos con la comunidad judía de Overland Park, Kansas, y lloramos con las familias que perdieron a sus seres queridos en el ataque del “domingo negro” al Centro de la Comunidad Judía de Greater Kansas City en Overland Park y a la Comunidad Shalom Retirement Village en Leawood, el 13 de abril de 2014, justo antes de comenzar la Semana de Pascua.  

Además, reiteramos nuestra oposición a toda forma de antisemitismo y prejuicio, en los Estados Unidos de América y en el mundo,  y exhortamos a nuestras iglesias que hagan todo lo posible para expresar amor y amistad a la gente de cada nación, religión y la raza.

Aprobado por el Comité Ejecutivo de las Iglesias Bautistas Americanas de New Jersey, el 14 de abril de 2014.  Preparado por el Rev. Dr. Lee B. Spitzer, ABCNJ Ministro Ejecutivo, y Pastor Regional

 

A Statement on Black Sunday - Solidarity with the Jewish People

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On April 13 (Sunday), an avowed anti-Semitic person attacked people at two Jewish sites in Overland Park, Kansas.  Three people, all Christian, were killed.  Although it does not receive as much media coverage as it should, anti-Jewish incidents are rising world-wide. In response, ABCNJ's Executive Minister, Rev. Dr. Lee B. Spitzer, has composed the following statement, which was approved for distribution by the ABCNJ Council Executive Committee on Monday evening, April 14, 2014.  Please share it with your churches through your newsletters, email lists, and church services this Passover-Easter week.

A Statement of Solidarity with the Jewish Community (2014)

Whereas, as Christians we recognize and are grateful for the Jewish roots of our faith, noting especially that Jesus himself was a Jew, and

Whereas, the American Baptist Churches USA has passed multiple resolutions condemning anti-Semitism at its national conventions (1934, 1939, 1944, 1962), a stance that was reaffirmed by the General Board Executive Committee in 1983 and 1997, and

Whereas, many of our regions passed similar resolutions and statements during the Holocaust era, including the American Baptist Churches of New Jersey in 1946, and

Whereas, the American Baptist Churches USA held its most recent biennial convention in Overland Park in 2013 and will return for its next biennial in 2015,

Therefore, we stand in solidarity with the Jewish community of Overland Park, Kansas and grieve with the families that lost loved ones in the Black Sunday attack at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City in Overland Park and at the Village Shalom Retirement Community in Leawood, on April 13, 2014, just before the start of Passover.

Furthermore, we reiterate our opposition to all forms of anti-Semitism and prejudice, in the United States and globally, and encourage our churches to do everything possible to express love and friendship to people of every nation, religion and race.

 Approved by the Executive Committee of the American Baptist Churches of New Jersey on April 14, 2014

Prepared by Rev. Dr. Lee B. Spitzer, ABCNJ Executive Minister and Senior Regional Pastor