A Message on the Pittsburgh Shooting

Shavuah Tov,

We write this message today filled with deep sadness, anger, and disbelief at the sheer magnitude of the atrocity committed yesterday at the hands of a sick and hateful man who burst into Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue and shot 11 people dead.

We are reeling at the news of this tragedy and trying to find the words to articulate a message that may bring comfort and solace to all of us.

Last night we received a comforting and supportive message from a representative of Winnipeg’s Muslim community, Shahina Siddiqui, on behalf of her faith group.
This morning the Pastor of Holy Rosary Church, Fr. Sam Argenziano, a longtime leader of Winnipeg’s Catholic Church, wrote to tell us that his parishioners would be praying for those murdered and their family members.

These messages of support are a reminder that in the wake of tragedies like this we must continue to reach out to each other, as faith-based organizations, institutions, and even more so as individuals.

That, it seems, is the best way to counter rising antisemitism, Islamaphobia, and racism of all shapes and forms.

Please note that the Jewish Federation of Winnipeg has invited everyone in our Jewish community to stand together on Tuesday, October 30 at 7:00 pm. It will take place at Congregation Shaarey Zedek; kindly join with us as we remember the victims of this horrific event.

We pray that the families of the deceased may be comforted among the mourners of Zion and that the wounded will recover. In addition, we fervently hope that those affected, including neighbours, first responders, and the people of Pittsburgh, will be able to heal spiritually and emotionally from the wounds that such an attack inflicts on all of us.

L’Shalom,

Rabbi Kliel & Cantor Tracy