For the past few months, we have all been uprooted by an invisible enemy.... the Coronavirus. Here and around the world, this disease has spread silently, causing illness, death, economic destruction and social isolation. As I have talked about many times in previous communications to you, CJE staff has risen valiantly as a team to meet the evolving challenges before us. Then, just as we're beginning to think about returning to some normalcy, taking the necessary baby steps, we have been hit hard by another tragedy, the murder of George Floyd during a violent arrest by the Minneapolis police.
As CEO and on behalf of entire CJE team, we are outraged at what we have witnessed over the past week and we offer our deepest condolences to his family.
This is especially painful for the American Jewish community because we have a long history of addressing the injustices in our nation. As people who have also experienced discrimination, we held a significant role during the civil rights era. At the 1965 march in Selma, Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, the spiritual leader of CJE's Jewish values, stood in the front row alongside Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Ralph Bunche and Ralph Abernathy as they crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge arm in arm.
Please know that we too stand with all people, of every color and nationality, who are protesting—rightfully and nonviolently—against a society that continues to perpetuate bigotry, suspicion, and hatred. Our community has always been an advocate for justice, love, and equality. We stand resolute and commit to all who are afraid and feel marginalized... and to work tirelessly for a new day of enlightenment.
Be well and stay safe.
President & CEO, CJE SeniorLife