ASERVIC Statement on the Mass Shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue on October 27, 2018

We at the Association for Spiritual Ethical and Religious Values in Counseling (ASERVIC), a division of the American Counseling Association, were heartbroken to hear about the terrible act of antisemitism that took place Saturday morning at the Tree of Life Synagogue, in Squirrel Hill, PA. We send our thoughts of compassion and healing to the victims, their families and friends, the first responders who were injured, and to the larger Jewish Community. To echo some of the statement issued by HIAS, “This loss is our loss.” We believe that hate crimes against any one group are crimes against us all.

ASERVIC recognizes the important psychological impact of religious and spiritual beliefs to one’s development and well-being and is dedicated to eliminating conditions that lead to any form of discrimination and encouraging awareness and appreciation of diverse belief systems. ASERVIC seeks to create an environment that empowers and enables the expression, exploration, development, and research of evolving spiritual, ethical, and religious values as they relate to the person, to society, and to the profession of counseling and human development. We seek to engage in activities that build relationships and bring the world closer to a harmonious state. We strongly condemn such senseless acts of violence and are committed to addressing hate across all communities, wherever we see it. We join our friends in the Jewish community in mourning the victims of this horrendous attack and will continue our fight to eradicate bigotry in all of its forms. If we remain silent, then those who champion hate, fear, and division will win.

We remember the victims:

Joyce Feinberg, 75
Richard Gottfried, 65
Rose Mallinger, 97
Jerry Rabinowitz, 66
Cecil Rosenthal, 59
David Rosenthal, 54
Bernice Simon, 84
Sylvan Simon, 86
Daniel Stein, 71
Melvin Wax, 88
Irving Younger, 69

May they rest in peace and may we unite and strengthen all communities to stand up to all
forms of hatred and oppression.

Leila Roach, Ph.D., 2018-2019 ASERVIC President
L. Marinn Pierce, Ph.D., 2018-2019 ASERVIC President-Elect
Claudia Sadler-Gehardt , Ph.D., 2018-2019 ASERVIC Past-President

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