Chabad of Hunterdon Stands United Against Hamas Attack on Israel with Community

October 12, 2023

In a show of solidarity and support for the people of Israel amidst the recent Hamas attack, Chabad of Hunterdon County organized an event that brought together community members including many elected local officials. The event aimed to shed light on the current situation in Israel and encourage unity during these challenging times. Rabbi Kornfeld’s insightful words resonated with attendees, providing a beacon of wisdom and hope.

The Chabad has long been known for its commitment to fostering unity within the community. In the face of the recent Hamas attack on Israel, they swiftly organized an event to address the situation and provide a space for communal discussion. Community members from all walks of life gathered at the Chabad center, eager to hear Rabbi Eli Kornfeld’s perspective on the ongoing conflict. 

“Obviously, what we have experienced in the last few days, reminds us that goodness, freedom, life, liberty, love, these are not things to take for granted,” shared Rabbi Kornfeld. 

His words carried a weight of understanding and empathy as he began to address the situation. He emphasized the importance of standing together as one united community and supporting Israel during these difficult times.

“We are sad, we are crying, but we know that in their memory…we know that after our tragedy and loss once again we will be able to…celebrate life, to celebrate living,” continued Rabbi Kornfeld.

Rabbi Kornfeld’s wise words not only instilled hope but also inspired the community members to take action. Chabad of Hunterdon County initiated various charitable initiatives to support those affected by the conflict, including fundraising for humanitarian aid and organizing interfaith dialogue sessions. The event served as a reminder that even in the face of adversity, communities can come together, support one another, and strive for peace.

Throughout his discourse, Rabbi Kornfeld emphasized the power of hope and prayer in times of adversity. He encouraged attendees to join him in prayer for the safety and well-being of Israelis affected by the conflict. The event concluded with a heartfelt prayer led by Rabbi Avraham Posner, (the Chabad Youth Rabbi), where attendees united their voices in seeking peace and understanding.

Several local leaders attended to show their support including County Commissioner John Lanza, who shared his thoughts: “When times are the darkest, we tend to take our greatest comfort in our friends who reveal themselves to us when it’s not the easiest thing to do.”

Also, State Senator Andrew Zwicker who shared, “The last few days have been very difficult to process, the atrocities that occurred…Jews and non-Jews come together in unity and prayer is a sense of comfort.” Clinton Councilman Ross Traphagen, “It’s an honor to be able to be here tonight and stand in unity with everyone in support of Israel and the Jewish community.”