FAN Statement to the Jewish Community

March 1, 2017

Dear Friends,

We were deeply disturbed to hear of the bomb threat at the Stroum Jewish Community Center on Mercer Island and the ripples of fear it has caused in your community, as increased threats have caused fear in communities across our nation. We are also troubled by anti-Semitic vandalism in Ballard and elsewhere. We want you to know that the Faith Action Network stands with you amid the rise of anti-Semitism across our country.

Rabbi Aaron Meyer from FAN’s Governing Board reminded us recently to “maintain constant vigilance toward the array of fires before us.” We see a threat to one of us as a threat to all of us, and seek to stand in solidarity in the face of threats to Jews, Muslims, immigrants, refugees, African-Americans and LGBTQ communities.

Rabbi Ruth Zlotnick spoke in a FAN press conference in February in Olympia: “All of us—people of faith—we create around us when we stand together a sukkat shalom, a shelter of peace.” Please let us know how we might help make this sukkat shalom more tangible for you, and how we can be part of a circle of protection and support to your communities.

Together we will build the moral strength that will overcome threats, hate crimes, and discrimination in our communities.

In Solidarity and Hope,
FAN Interfaith Leaders’ Council Members

Elise DeGooyer
FAN Co-Director

Aneelah Afzali, Executive Director
Muslim Association of Puget Sound-AMEN
FAN Governing Board Member

Rev. Dr. Carey G. Anderson, Pastor
First African Methodist Episcopal Church, Seattle

Rev. Jim CastroLang, Pastor
First Congregational United Church of Christ, Colville
FAN Governing Board Member

Jonis Davis
Member, Kol HaNeshamah Synagogue
FAN Governing Board Member

Rev. Michael Denton, Conference Minister
The Pacific Northwest Conference, UCC

Rev. Rich Lang, District Superintendent
United Methodist Church, King County

Rev. Genjo Marinello, Abbot
Seattle Zen Temple & Dai Bai Zan Cho Bo Zen Ji

Rev. Kari McFarland, Stated Clerk
Presbytery of Olympia, PCUSA

Rev. Eliana Maxim, Associate Executive Presbyter
Presbytery of Seattle, PCUSA

Rev. Sandy Messick, President
Northwest Regional Christian Church
(Disciples of Christ)

Rev. Dr. Marcia J. Patton, Executive Minister
Evergreen Association of American Baptist Churches

Rev. Dr. Lyda Pierce, Coordinator of Hispanic Latino Ministries, Pacific Northwest Conference, UMC
FAN Governing Board Member

Rev. Jenny Phillips, Minister for Environmental Stewardship and Advocacy
Pacific Northwest Conference, UMC

Imam Jamal Rahman
Rev. Karen Lindquist
Interfaith Community Sanctuary, Seattle

Michael Ramos, Executive Director
Church Council of Greater Seattle

Bishop Gregory Rickel
Episcopal Diocese of Olympia

Thomas Ewell
Member, Religious Society of Friends

Rev. Paul Benz
FAN Co-Director

Bishop Richard Jaech
Southwestern Washington Synod, ELCA

Rev. Carol Jensen
Member, Trinity Lutheran Church, Everett
FAN Governing Board Co-Chair

Rev. Ken Jones, Minister
Unitarian Universalist Church of Yakima
FAN Governing Board Member

Rev. Cecilia Kingman, Minister
Edmonds Unitarian Universalist Congregation

Fr. Michael G. Ryan
St. James Cathedral, Seattle

Dr. Jasmit Singh
Khalsa Gurmat Center & The Sikh Coalition

Bishop Elaine Stanovsky
Western Jurisdiction, United Methodist Church

Carolyn Stevens
Quaker & Dai Bai Zan Cho Bo Zen Temple FAN Governing Board Member

Rev. Dean R. Strong, Stated Clerk
Presbytery of the Northwest Coast & Synod of Alaska-Northwest, PCUSA

Rev. Nigel J. Taber-Hamilton
St. Augustine’s-in-the-Woods Episcopal Church, Freeland
FAN Governing Board Member

The Very Rev. Steven L. Thomason, Dean and Rector
Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral

Bishop B. Kirby Unti
Northwest Washington Synod, ELCA

Bishop James E. Waggoner, Jr.
Episcopal Diocese of Spokane

Bishop Martin Wells
Eastern Washington-Idaho Synod, ELCA

Michael Yoder
Associated Ministries of Tacoma Pierce County

Statewide Muslim Supporters of FAN Statement to the Jewish Community

Mohamed Ahmed, President
Al Noor Islamic Community Center
SeattleArsalan Bukhari, Executive Director

Dr. Hannan Chaugle, President
Islamic Center of Tri-Cities

Ramadan Chokr, President
Sammamish Muslim Association

Rahim Delli, Overseer
Al-Ghadir Mosque and Islamic Center of Washington

Mamdouh Elaarag, President
Spokane Islamic Center

Farida Hakim, Advisory Council Member
Muslim Community Resource Center
Member of the Muslim-Jewish Dialog Group

Islamic Society of SW Washington

Abdulkadir Jama
Hope Academy of Seattle

Mohomad Joban
Imam Masjid Ar-Rahman (MAPS)

Ellen Kaczmarek, Advisor
Muslim Students Association at UW

Mahmood Khadeer, President
Muslim Association of Puget Sound (MAPS)
RedmondRiaz Khan, President
Islamic Center of Mukilteo (ICOM)

Abdirahman H. Mohamed, VP Outreach
Uplift Dawah Center

Mustafa Mohamedali PE PMP, Social Secretary
Islamic Center of Olympia

Teizeen Mohamedali, Member
Islamic Society of Whatcom County

Ateeque Mohammad, Board of Trustees
Islamic Center of Redmond

Robert W. Mond, Principal
Medina Academy

Jeremy Mseitif, Research Administrator
Fred Hutch

Husam Rabi, Imam & President
Salaam Cultural Center

Zainab (as) Organization of Greater Seattle

Ahmed Zayan
Salaam Center of Renton