Posted on October 23, 2019

By Rabbi Schwab

Over Rosh Hashanah I spoke about the tragedy of the domestic terrorist attack one year ago on the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh where eleven Jews were murdered during Shabbat services.  During that sermon (which you can read by clicking here) I called upon each of us to do our part in fighting anti-Semitism, hatred and bigotry wherever they are found.  One of the main ways I proposed to do this was to claim and re-claim the joy of positive participation in Jewish life. 

In that spirit I share that on the one-year anniversary of the Pittsburgh attack, The American Jewish Committee has called on all people of good conscience to #ShowUpForShabbat on October 26th.  Beth El is honored to participate this year.  Please join us and come together to honor the 11 victims and raise our collective voice for a world free of anti-Semitism, hate, and bigotry.  We must all be united in combating anti-Semitism in our country and around the world.  And, as Jews, let us re-affirm our love for our heritage and strengthen ourselves as a people.  I will be “Showing Up for Shabbat” in New York at my cousin’s Bat Mitzvah and I urge you to join Rabbi Freedman and Hazzan Tisser here at Beth El! 

Am Yisrael Chai!