I want to reaffirm to you my continued support of the Jewish community in Westfield in light of the horrific terror attacks in Israel. I am sharing the Mayor's most recent update below, which outlines all the town is doing to keep all of our community safe. I also want to make you aware of the Clergy Association event on Tuesday the 24th, where we can all come together in solidarity for peace in Israel and Gaza.

"We close this week in ongoing and unwavering solidarity with our Jewish community, as the world continues to pray for the release of the hostages taken from Israel by Hamas, for the many lives tragically lost in unspeakable acts of anti-semitic terrorism, and for a resolution to the escalating humanitarian crisis unfolding in Gaza. I encourage you to check in with your Jewish friends and neighbors to show your support, offer comfort, and reiterate that hate has no home here in Westfield. 

The Westfield Clergy Association is inviting the public for a harmonious evening to come together on Tuesday, October 24 at 7:00 PM, at St. Helen’s Church, to lift our voices in prayers of peace for Israel and Gaza. Celebrate your faith, uplift your spirit, and draw strength from the bonds of community and unity. Everyone of all faiths is welcome. 

I hope you’ve had the opportunity to read the statement issued by Chief Battiloro, where he communicated that the Westfield Police Department has been in constant contact with their law enforcement partners throughout the state and remains in touch with representatives of synagogues located here in Westfield. While there are no credible threats to our community or the greater area, this is obviously a time of heightened fear and anxiety for many of our Jewish friends and neighbors, and the police will continue to maintain a highly visible presence at local synagogues throughout the entire community. 

I remain in contact with Rabbi Prosnit and have reiterated our standing offer to provide any Town resources that can be helpful at this difficult time. Please know that we will always stand with you." - Mayor Brindle