Organized Jewish Community Condemns Murphy’s Call for Ceasefire

Organized Jewish Community Condemns Murphy’s Call for Ceasefire


We are saddened and disappointed by Governor Murphy’s statement calling for a ceasefire in Gaza.

While we appreciate his condemning Hamas and acknowledging the urgent need to bring all the hostages home, we find his announcement tone-deaf. Since October 7th, the Jewish community in New Jersey has been under siege due to the 400% rise in antisemitism in our schools, universities, and municipalities.


In his statement, he mentions ensuring long-term peace and security for Israelis. By calling for a ceasefire, he endangers the survival of the only democracy in the Middle East and ignores the root causes of the war.

Conflating a two-state solution with a ceasefire is dangerous, enables antisemitism to soar, and heightens division among the very people who elected Governor Murphy to lead our state.


We are disappointed that our Governor had ample opportunity to share his concerns with the Jewish community, but instead chose to unilaterally publish a statement.

It is disheartening to learn that the Governor does not appreciate the devastating local impact of this was on the Jewish Community. His statement minimizes the plight of the hostages, including from our own New Jersey families and communities. His statement offers nothing for the victims on both sides, who need Hamas to surrender for this war to end. Nor does his statement stand for decency and civilization in the face of terror and hate.


We will stand with Israel and the Jewish people, now and forever.


The following groups and individuals are also in support of the above statement:


1. Jewish Federation of Greater 12. Chabad in Medford 23. Congregation Beth Ohr – Old
MetroWest 13. Chabad of the Shore Bridge
2. Jewish Federation in the 14. Chai Center Chabad 24. Congregation B’nai Yeshurun
Heart of New Jersey 15. Congregation Ahavas Achim 25. Congregation Etz Chaim
3. Jewish Federation of B’nai Jacob & David 26. Congregation Israel of
Northern New Jersey 16. Congregation Agudath Achim Springfield
4. Jewish Federation of 17. Congregation Agudath Israel 27. Congregation Ohr Torah
Southern New Jersey 18. Congregation B’nai Israel of 28. Congregation Sons of Israel
5. Jewish Federation of West- Millburn-Short Hills 29. Golda Och Academy
Central New Jersey 19. Congregation B’nai Israel of 30. Gottesman RTW Academy
6. Anshe Chesed Fleishcmanns, NY 31. Highland Park Conservative
7. Atlantic Coast Mind & Body 20. Congregation B’nai Israel, Temple
8. B’nai Shalom of Sussex Manalapan 32. Jewish Association for
County 21. Congregation B’nai Tikvah – Developmental Disabilities
9. Bergen County Jewish Action North Brunswick 33. Jewish Community Center of
Committee (BCJAC) 22. Congregation Beth El MetroWest
10. Burco Staffing Voorhees
11. Chabad at Short Hills
34. Jewish Community Center of 35. Jewish Bar Association of 36. Jewish Community Center of
Central New Jersey New Jersey Middlesex County


  1. Jewish Education Center
  2. Jewish Family Services of MetroWest NJ
  3. Jewish Federations of Greater MetroWest Jewish Community Relations Council
  4. Jewish Federations of Northern New Jersey Jewish Community Relations Committee, Alana Burman
  5. Jewish Federations in the Heart of New Jersey Jewish Community Relations Council
  6. Jewish Federations of

Southern New Jersey Jewish Community Relations Council

  1. Jewish Federations of West- Central New Jersey Jewish Community Relations Council
  2. Jewish Home Family
  3. Jewish Vocational Service of MetroWest
  4. Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America
  5. Jewish Family and Children Services of Monmouth County
  6. Jewish Family and Children Services of Northern NewJersey
  1. Jewish Family Service of Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren Counties
  2. Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy/Rae Kushner Yeshiva High School
  3. Marlboro Jewish Center
  4. Mount Freedom Jewish Center
  5. Oheb Shalom Congregation
  6. Orthodox Union
  7. Politz Day School of Cherry Hill
  8. Rumson Jewish Center at Congregation B’nai Israel
  9. Rutgers Hillel
  10. Synagogue of the Suburban Torah Center
  11. Ted Block Acupuncture
  12. Temple B’nai Abraham
  13. Temple B’nai Jeshurun
  14. Temple B’nai Shalom
  15. Temple Beth El
  16. Temple Beth Miriam
  17. Temple Beth O’r Beth Torah
  18. Temple Beth Shalom
  19. Temple Har Shalom – Warren
  20. Temple Shalom
  21. Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel
  22. Torah Links
  23. Young Israel of East Brunswick
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