Rabbi Andrew Paley, who once served as an associate rabbi at Temple Beth Am in Pinecrest, was one of three religious leaders who addressed the nation this week during a memorial for five Dallas police officers killed during an ambush last week.
During his two-minute speech, Paley stressed unity and asked God to “work daily to make peace throughout the heavens.”
“We ask You to give us the courage and strength to help us make peace here on earth for everyone, every single day,” he said.
On July 7, five officers were killed and seven more were wounded when army reservist Micah Xavier Johnson, 25, opened fire during a peaceful protest over recent officer-involved shootings in other cities.
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Paley, who left Temple Beth Am in 2004, now leads Temple Sholom Dallas, a reform congregation of about 750 families. Paley told the Miami Herald that since the shooting he has struggled to wrap his head around what happened.
He and other faith leaders in Dallas formed a group this year called Faith Forward Dallas to encourage unity. As a member of the group, he was asked to participate in the hourlong memorial, which included speeches from Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, former President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama.
“The day was so powerful and so meaningful and an example of how to move forward in a healthy and helpful way,” Paley said.