ASSEMBLY JOINT RESOLUTION

No. 60

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

219th LEGISLATURE

 

PRE-FILED FOR INTRODUCTION IN THE 2020 SESSION

 


 

Sponsored by:

Assemblywoman  NANCY J. PINKIN

District 18 (Middlesex)

Assemblyman  GARY S. SCHAER

District 36 (Bergen and Passaic)

Assemblyman  ROBERT J. KARABINCHAK

District 18 (Middlesex)

 

Co-Sponsored by:

Assemblywoman Vainieri Huttle

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

     Designates October 27th of each year as “Tree of Life Remembrance Day” in New Jersey.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

     Introduced Pending Technical Review by Legislative Counsel.

  


A Joint Resolution designating October 27th of each year as “Tree of Life Remembrance Day” in New Jersey.

 

Whereas, Tree of Life Synagogue is a synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of eastern Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania’s second largest city; and

Whereas, On October 27, 2018, a mass shooting fueled by religious and ethnic animus towards Jewish people occurred at Tree of Life Synagogue; and

Whereas, The mass shooting unfolded during morning services and a joyous celebration; and

Whereas, The senseless act of violence resulted in the loss of eleven innocent lives and injury to six others; and

Whereas, The tragedy and loss of life have shocked and saddened Americans around the country; and

Whereas, Houses of worship are places of community, solace, and reflection, where no person should feel fear; and

Whereas, The people of New Jersey share the grief of the families and friends of those who were injured or killed; and

Whereas, It is fitting and proper to designate October 27th of each year as “Tree of Life Remembrance Day” so that we recognize the victims and honor their memories; now, therefore,

 

     Be It Resolved by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

     1.    a.  October 27th of each year is designated as “Tree of Life Remembrance Day” in the State of New Jersey.

     b.    The Governor shall annually issue a proclamation calling upon public officials and citizens of this State to observe the day with appropriate activities and programs. 

 

     2.    This joint resolution shall take effect immediately.

 

 

STATEMENT

 

     On October 27, 2018, a mass shooting fueled by religious and ethnic animus towards Jewish people occurred at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The senseless act of violence resulted in the loss of eleven innocent lives and injury to six others.  The people of New Jersey share the grief of the families and friends of those who were injured or killed.  The State of New Jersey should designate October 27th of each year as “Tree of Life Remembrance Day” to recognize the victims and honor their memories.