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10/30/2018 10:03:43 AM


Rabbi Brad Levenberg

It is hard to put into words how many of us feel following a weekend in which we witnessed the most lethal act of anti-Semitism in the history of the United States. The tragic mass shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh finds us searching for words to find comfort amidst the shock, to offer consolation to others amidst our own mourning, and to find healing while we feel so broken.


In this spirit, the American Jewish Committee (AJC) is organizing a Shabbat in which all are invited to #ShowUpForShabbat. As has been beautifully articulated by AJC CEO David Harris,

The community of conscience must stand as one, whether in the face of the hate-motivated attack against a black church in Charleston, which took nine lives, or a synagogue in Pittsburgh, which took eleven lives. We are determined to ensure that love triumphs over hate, good over evil, unity over division. That’s our America.


We encourage all who are able - members of Sinai and non-members alike - to join us at 6:30 pm on Friday night in the sanctuary or at 10:00 am on Saturday in the Chapel. And please forward to friends - it will be good to be together.


Let us remember that what unites us in our shared humanity and rich diversity is greater than what pulls us apart. By living in service of this idea, we can move past hate and celebrate the bonds that unite us.


Together in worship, filling our sacred spaces with prayer and song, we will begin the process of healing. Then may we have a Shabbat filled with Shalom.


Tue, February 18 2020 23 Sh'vat 5780