—Rabbi Sandy Bogin,
Sarah Neuman, The New Jewish Home – Westchester

June 11, 2020

Good afternoon everyone, this is Rabbi Bogin.

In a few minutes, at 2pm, those of us who are able will gather for a vigil at the front entrance of our building, in memory of George Floyd, who was recently murdered by a police officer in Minneapolis. We join together as human beings, as Americans, as the Sarah Neuman family.

It is now 2 p.m.

All of us, those of us who can gather at the entrance and those of us who cannot, will pause for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, the time that the officer’s knee was on George Floyd’s neck. We join together as human beings, as Americans, as the Sarah Neuman family.

We will feel how long that is. We will consider, we will remember, we will pray.

2:08:46 p.m.

To the group outside:

May George Floyd rest in peace.  May the rest of us not rest in peace until there is justice and equality for us all.

Over the PA system:

As we end our 8 minutes and 46 seconds, we remember the words of Rabbi Heschel: “Indifference to evil is worse than evil itself; in a free society, some are guilty, but all are responsible.”

Let us all remember those words as we continue with our day.

Have a good afternoon.