DuPage United Statement on Vandalism at Schmaltz Deli

We, the signatories below, on behalf of DuPage United, stand in solidarity with Schmaltz Delicatessen in Naperville and the Bender family, and against all acts of unlawful vandalism.  

What happened to the Jewish-owned Deli is unfortunate and should be condemned.  This is political speech in an unlawful and unproductive manner (i.e. graffiti). DuPage United stands for building relationships, fostering understanding and working on common goals.

As an umbrella organization comprising more than 30 member faith communities and associations, we see the power of having allies comprising like-minded neighbors. People join hands and work collectively on issues that affect all residents of DuPage County.  The impact of our efforts is systemic change. We invite those who’d like to build bridges and foster understanding to join us in working shoulder-to-shoulder on common causes, driven by shared values, to get to know our neighbor's up close and personal. In doing so we recognize, and celebrate, our shared humanity and core American values.                                                                   

We invite you to explore our work at www.dupageunited.org and join us for our next assembly on August 3rd, 2017, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Details will be posted on our website shortly.

DuPage United Member Institutions

Jericho Road Church, Wheaton, IL

First Church of Lombard, Lombard, IL - Rev Jeffrey Phillips

Rev, Eric Doolittle, North Central College Chaplain, Naperville, IL

Congregation Etz Chaim - Rabbi Ricky Kamil, Lombard, IL

Downers Grove First United Methodist Church - J. Renee Hyzy Chair: Mission, Justice and Community

The Mecca Center WillowBrook

DarusSalam Foundation, Lombard

St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, Naperville

ICNA Relief

Islamic Center of Naperville

Muslim Society Inc., Glendale Heights

Rev Pamela Rumancik, Hinsdale, IL Unitarian Church of Hinsdale

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Glen Ellyn - The Rev. George D. Smith, The Rev. Victor Conrado

Church of the Holy Nativity, Clarendon Hills

Rev. Joe Yucha - Faith Lutheran Church, Glen Ellyn, IL

Sister Beatrice Hernandez - Wheaton Franciscan Justice ,Peace and Integrity of Creation Office Wheaton, IL

Islamic Foundation, Villa Park

Parables Community, Lombard, IL, Pastor Jeanne Davies

Islamic Foundation, Villa Park

Parables Community, Lombard, IL, Pastor Jeanne Davies

York Center Church of the Brethren, Lombard, IL

Pastor Christy Waltersdorff

Islamic Center of Kane County (ICKC)

Pastor Kevin Williams

Second Baptist Church, Wheaton IL

Rev. Seth Ethan Carey, First Congregational Church of Glen Ellyn

Ally Organizations

Nancy Oetter, Regional Coordinator, Pax Christi USA, Illinois, Woodridge, IL

Masjid Uthman, Lombard IL

Syrian Community Network, Chicago, IL

ICNA Chicago

Jeffrey R. Jenkins - Mercy Harbor Church Geneva, Illinois

The Rev. Dr. Lindsay Bates, Senior Minister - The Unitarian Universalist Society of Geneva, IL


Naazish YarKhan, Glendale Heights, IL

Saima Azfar, Glendale heights, IL

Nadia Sheikh, Carol Stream, IL

Naureen Ahmed, Carol Stream, IL

Kashif Fakhruddin, Principal, AL-Falah Academy (Weekend School)

Azhar Mohammed, Glendale Heights, IL

Khalid Dogar