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Reflections from Manchester

Rabbi Warren Elf of Manchester Reform Synagogue and community development officer of the Manchester Faith Network reflects on how the city has responded to the events of this week.


Religious communities in Manchester have been pulling together this week and expressing our horror and sadness at the terrorist attack on Monday night at the Manchester Arena. People have been turning out for vigils across Greater Manchester and many have offered anything that they can to help.

The entire community is in shock but it is inspiring to see the way that people of all faiths and none, religious leaders from all spectrums of all religions and others have shown solidarity and a commitment to ensure that the true spirit of Manchester and of humanity continues to shine through.

Gatherings, prayers, meetings and vigils continue and will be continuing for the next few days and we in the Reform Jewish world are active in supporting these events.

For me personally, it has been a privilege to stand with religious and other leaders, to speak at a variety of events in various settings, to express my and our commitment to continue reaching out and working for understanding, love, respect and peace. There is clearly much still to be done but it feels as though we are on track.

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