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Ridgefield Clergy Association speaks out against antisemitism and racism

Ridgefield Clergy Association has released the following joint statement rejecting antisemitism and racism.

Being aware that some within Ridgefield are concerned

that this country could be started down the pathway

of pre-war Germany in the 1930s as it increasingly

moved to attack, incarcerate and eventually murder

millions of Jews.

We, the religious community leaders within Ridgefield,

give our unstinting and vocal support

not only to the Jewish community

but to those of every ethnic and racial background

who live, work and worship as a valued part

of our historic town.

We see the medley and mixture of those who are

Indigenous, European, Middle Eastern, African, Latino and Asian

as valued parts of our community and reject any

antisemitism and racism as injurious

to our unity and to the fabric of the town of Ridgefield.

We share this statement with each of our faith communities.


The Rev. Whitney Altopp

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church


The Rev. Beth Anderson

St. Andrew's Lutheran Church


The Rev. Alphonse Arokiam

St. Elizabeth Seton Church


Rabbi Jon Haddon, Emeritus

Congregation Shir Shalom


Cantor Deborah Katchko-Gray

Congregation Shir Shalom


Jonathan Kimmel

Ridgefield Baptist Church


Rabbi David Reiner

Congregation Shir Shalom


Monsignor Kevin Royal, Pastor

St. Mary Catholic Church


The Rev. Dr. Deborah Rundlett

Director, The Meetinghouse

Pastor, Ridgebury Congregational Church


The Rev. Thomas Stubbs

Associate Pastor

Jesse Lee Church


Dr. Fred H. Turpin

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