Dear Congressman Ryan,
We write on behalf of the Jewish community of the Hudson Valley to thank you for
your steadfast support following Hamas’s brutal terrorist attack of October 7th and for your continued leadership in the fight against antisemitism. The list of signatures below is representative of the many in our community who support you and who extend sincere gratitude.
The last few weeks have been exceptionally difficult for Jews both in Israel and
worldwide. As many have lamented, October 7th was the deadliest day for the
Jewish people since the Holocaust. Ghoulish images of non-combatants being
kidnapped at gun point, women raped, infant children burnt alive, and entire
families massacred brings to mind the very worst atrocities committed in Nazi
The ambivalent and even exultant reactions of certain politicians and other public
figures and on many university campuses following the carnage has also taken a
tremendous emotional toll on members of our community. To see so many prominent
leaders and educators not only refuse to unreservedly condemn Hamas and the
taking of hostages, and, in some cases, to even support terrorist calls for the
eradication of the Jewish people is shocking, and to be honest, quite terrifying.
Amid so much hatred and strife, we are incredibly proud and thankful to have you as
our congressman. Your clarity of purpose in standing beside the Jewish people and in support of the State of Israel is exactly the kind of representation we hope and seek from our political leaders.
As the number of antisemitic incidents continues to increase at an alarming rate,
we applaud your continued efforts to root out hate from the Hudson Valley. Also appreciated is your effort to increase funding for the Nonprofit Security Grant Program that enhances security at our places of worship and community centers. We urge and trust that you will keep pushing until this measure becomes law.
Congressman Ryan, these are indeed trying times, and we thank you whole-heartedly for your leadership!
Please feel free to contact us anytime we can help; we are always available to you.