When we published our last edition, the tragic shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh had only just occurred. We had not even held our community memorial service in commemoration. If you attended at the JCC, thank you for your support at such a difficult time.
If you were not able to attend, however, I want to share with you a little of what the interfaith service was like. First, the JCC estimates that there were over 800 people in attendance; it was standing room only in the Harris Room, and in the lounge, and the crowd spilled over into the halls. There have never been that many people to an event at the JCC.
But one of the most profound moments, however, came at the end of the service. When the non-Jews were invited to stand, well over half of the people in attendance rose from their seats. It took my breath away to see the depth of our support outside of the Jewish community, from Muslims, from Christians, and others. We will continue to stand – together – united against hate.
Rabbi Debra Stahlberg Dressler