(Monday, Jan. 17, 2022)- Shabbat should be a time of peace and joy. But on January 15, the Jewish community of Colleyville, Texas was attacked by an assailant who took hostages at area synagogue Congregation Beth Israel.


Memphis Jewish Federation and the Jewish Foundation of Memphis stand with the Texas Jewish community as this frightening situation continues to unfold, and we pray for a swift and safe resolution.


No one should ever be afraid to assemble in their place of worship. This situation is a sobering reminder that we must continue to combat and condemn antisemitism and all forms of hatred in America and across the globe.


In Memphis, we and our partners at Secure Community Network (SCN) have been in close contact with local law enforcement since this situation began. We’ve spoken directly with police chiefs, Dept. of Homeland Security officials, and FBI agents in the community who have responded proactively and with great sensitivity.


There are currently no credible threats in the community, but police visibility has been increased at our synagogues, schools, and Jewish organizations. We thank our partners in law enforcement for their support and their swift response today and as we continue to coordinate institutional security for our community.


Please join us in sending thoughts and prayers for the safety of all involved.