The letter below features in The Times of 21st November 2014, , on the app and online.
The Chief Rabbi initiated and co-signed the letter with the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and Shaykh Ibrahim Mogra condemning the attack on the Kehilat Bnei Torah Synagogue in Jerusalem and denouncing religious violence across the world.
The appalling and brutal murders carried out in a synagogue in Jerusalem during morning prayers this week (“Deaths push Jerusalem to brink of holy war”, Nov 19) are to be condemned in the strongest possible terms. The desecration of the sacred, taking life in a house of prayer, is the absolute antithesis of faith and of what we stand for.
This attack on people at prayer is yet another example from across the globe of violence in the name of religion, which undermines religious freedom. We appeal to the believers of all traditions to denounce such attacks wherever in our world they take place and to call for an end to religiously motivated violence.
The Most Rev Justin Welby Archbishop of Canterbury
Ephraim Mirvis Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth
Shaykh Ibrahim Mogra”