To the Emerson Community,
Today, our community is heavy-hearted, angry, sad, and perhaps even numbed, as we absorb the news of an act of anti-Semitic graffiti right here on our Boston campus. We at Emerson are greatly gifted by the presence of our Jewish community members; we are blessed by the wisdom and beauty found within the Jewish tradition, and we are a stronger community because of the vision of justice and compassion that the Jewish tradition exemplifies for us.
To those who are finding themselves feeling bewildered, fearful, or grieving this evening, please know that you do not journey alone. Here in the Center for Spiritual Life, we invite all members of our community to a vigil Thursday, January 23, from 4:00-4:30 pm, led by Jewish Advisor Jake Freedman and myself in the Reflection Room on the 4th floor of 172 Tremont Street. After the vigil, Jake and I will be available in the Center for Spiritual Life for individual conversations, or for quiet prayer and meditation.
As we grieve this act of hateful graffiti and look towards the future, let us recommit ourselves to the Jewish concept of tikkun olam, or repairing the world — for indeed, such acts have reminded us once again that this world is in need of great repair.
With my hopes for a peaceful day for you,
Rev. Julie Avis Rogers
Campus Chaplain and Director of Spiritual and Religious Life