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The National Council of Young Israel (NCYI) today issued the following statement concerning the recent shooting deaths of two NYPD officers as they sat in their patrol car:

“The National Council of Young Israel joins with all New Yorkers in mourning the tragic deaths of Officers Wenlian Liu and Rafael Ramos. The senseless murder of two of New York’s Finest is a glaring reminder of the dangers that the brave men and women of the NYPD face on a daily basis, as they put their lives on the line in order to protect the rest of us. We are deeply indebted to the NYPD for the sensitivity and dedication they consistently demonstrate in their efforts to safeguard synagogues and Jewish schools, and we are eternally grateful for all that they do to protect faith-based institutions throughout New York City. Today, we grieve together with the NYPD as they mourn the loss of their brothers, Officer Liu and Officer Ramos.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Liu and Ramos families and we extend our heartfelt condolences to the families of the two slain officers. We pray that G-d will give them the strength to persevere in the wake of this horrific tragedy and hope that they will have some degree of comfort in knowing that an entire city is standing together with them to honor the memories of their loved ones.”

For the past 102 years, the National Council of Young Israel has ably served the broader Jewish community. With more than 25,000 member families and nearly 200 branch synagogues throughout the United States, Canada, and Israel, the National Council of Young Israel is a multi-faceted organization that embraces Jewish communal needs and often takes a leading role in tackling the important issues that face the Jewish community in North America and Israel.


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