Here’s how the Pittsburgh Jewish community healed in the year after the Tree of Life synagogue massacre.
“Our future is not about being the synagogue that was attacked, it is about being the synagogue that survived, thrived and remembered who we are.”
“Through the darkness of this tragedy we have seen a wave of solidarity, and we are gratified that it has sparked a movement of renewed unity.”
“How do we balance warm welcome with necessary security? I think that’s what leadership is really wrestling with.”
“We feel bound to you and your congregations – by memory and duty,” the paper’s executive editor told a rabbi before donating the $15,000.
They citied his premeditation, planning, anti-Semitic motivation and the number of victims as well as his “lack of remorse.”
The Calvary Episcopal Church reached out to the congregation just days after the October 27 attack that left 11 Jewish worshippers dead, offering
Jonathan Perlman of the New Light Congregation cited religious tradition and his congregants’ still-opened wounds.
As the Book of Lamentations says, of then and now: “Alas, priest and prophet are slain in the Sanctuary of the Lord!”
More than $60,000 of that total was raised by the Tree of Life congregation, which was targeted by an anti-Semitic gunman five months prior.