July 5, 2022
אֶשָּׂ֣א עֵ֭ינַי אֶל־הֶהָרִ֑ים מֵ֝אַ֗יִן יָבֹ֥א עֶזְרִֽי
עֶ֭זְרִי מֵעִ֣ם יְהֹוָ֑ה עֹ֝שֵׂ֗ה שָׁמַ֥יִם וָאָֽרֶץ
A song for ascents.
I turn my eyes to the mountains;
from where will my help come?
My help comes from God,
maker of heaven and earth.
Like you, we were shocked and horrified by the senseless violence in our community yesterday. During times of great strife, our help comes not only from God, but from our loved ones and our community as well. We are here for you, to help heal and pray for a world free of terror. May there come a time where we are free to celebrate our sacred and secular holidays without fear of injury.
We continue to compile more resources, so please continue to check back as needed during this recovery period. Additionally, if you have a resource you would like to share, please send to Aviva and we will share it with the community.
JCFS Resources and Opportunities
Evening of Support for the Highland Park Community
Wednesday, July 6 at 7:00 pm | Virtual on Zoom
Led by trauma informed experts, JCFS Chicago will be offering an evening of support. All are welcome to attend this virtual event focused on healing through words of comfort, conversation, and music. Registration is free of charge.
The JCFS Chicago Warm Line phone connection is available to provide assistance for anyone affected by the Highland Park shooting who does not have an urgent need and is looking for someone to talk to about their emotional distress. Call the warm line to connect to an emotional support professional between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm Monday through Thursday, 9:00 am-4:00 pm Fridays at 855.275.5237.
One of the most challenging aspects of the horror of gun violence is discussing it with our children. The URJ has put together a list of resources that will provide comfort, context, and salient information so we can better equip ourselves to have those hard conversations.
Resources for Parents and Educators
Here are several resources to guide parents and educators in speaking to their children about tragedy, especially those based on man-made violence. The following may help both children and parents to process these unthinkable occurrences: