October 12, 2023

War in Israel: Americans Killed, Survivors from New Jersey

New Jersey is praying for friends and family still in Israel and those being held hostage after the attack by Hamas that killed nearly 700 people in Israel, including at least 11 Americans.

Temple B’nai Jeshurun in the Short Hills section of Millburn hosted the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ Solidarity with Israel Rally with over 2,000 in attendance.

“Tonight, we do what Jews do. We gather together in steadfast solidarity,” the temple wrote on its Facebook page.

Among those who spoke were U.S. Rep. Mikie Sherrill, D-N.J. 11th District, state Attorney General Matthew Platkin, U.S. Rep. Tom Kean, Jr., R-N.J. 7th District, and Yuval Donio-Gideon of the Consulate General of Israel.

“We came together tonight in prayer to mourn the lives lost in Israel and to stand united against hate. Thank you for inviting me to share my office’s efforts to combat bias and hate to ensure the safety of all our communities,” Platkin wrote on his X account.