The President's Corner

The World in which We Live

In the world in which we currently live, anti-Semitic incidents have reached a record high in U.S. 2,717 Attacks on Jewish people last year. Just in Illinois, 14 anti-Semitic reported events have taken place already this year. A bomb threat at a Synagogue Beth El in Highland Park on March 14, anti-Semitic graffiti was found at Springfield High School in March. Individuals associated with the Goyim Defense League were distributing propaganda.

The list goes on and on. Today as we are remembering Yom HaShoah/Holocaust Remembrance Day, something absolutely beautiful happened. Today a woman and her two daughters, who live around the corner from the synagogue brought a bundle of joy.

Beth went to the door and the three visitors had two vases filled with white roses and baby's breath. The flowers came with cards that you may read below. They mentioned that they knew that today was Holocaust Remembrance Day and wanted us to know their support for us and that we are making a difference in our community.

The beautiful notes from these wonderful people show us that maybe,

just maybe, there is hope!

Jan Stone, President

Joliet Jewish Congregation,

In honor of the Jewish community and in remembrance of Yom Ha Shoah, please accept thee roses from your neighbors, the Ruiz Family at 500 Western.

We are committed to standing with the Jewish people and learning from the atrocities of the Holocaust. We remember the lives lost and we do not condone the hate and apathy that was the catalyst for such atrocities to occur.

Please know, you have support and allies in the neighborhood.

We will never forget.


Dinora Ruiz Priscilla Ruiz Dinora A. Ruiz, Sr.






Joliet Jewish Congregation,

We remember the atrocities of the Holocaust and determination of the Jewish people. We remember the lives lost and the hate which led to the Holocaust. We don’t condone anti-Semitism and honor the work you do for the community.


Yom HaShoah 2022—Dinora Ruiz