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A Note About Pittsburgh

A Note from Rabbi Landau

In response to Saturday’s horrific events in Pittsburgh, I want to share four points:

First and foremost, we join the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America to express our deepest sympathy to the families of those who lost their lives in the horrific murders that took place during Shabbat services at the Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh.

We pray for the speedy recovery of those injured in the shooting, including the brave police officers who rushed directly into the active crime scene.

“This senseless act of anti-Semitic violence was not only an egregious attack on the Jewish community, but an attack on the very foundations of civil society and our collective democratic values,” said Allen Fagin, the Orthodox Union’s executive vice president.

“Our hearts break for the senseless murder of our fellow Jews and all victims of vicious hate crimes,” said Moishe Bane, president of the Orthodox Union. “We condemn the dangerous rhetoric that foments such senseless violence and we stand with the Tree of Life Congregation and the whole Pittsburgh community at this terrible time.”

Second, in our own shul, we will be joining AJC’s #ShowUpForShabbat campaign, calling on both Jews and non-Jews to fill synagogues this coming weekend in solidarity with the Pittsburgh community.

Please join AJC and all the individuals who have already pledged to #ShowUpForShabbat. Add your name in support of this effort – even if you are unable to attend – and then share this message with your family and friends. If you are able to attend services, please tweet and post on Facebook about your Shabbat plans using the hashtag #ShowUpForShabbat. You can share AJC’s posts directly from Facebook and Twitter.

Third, as we look inward, the safety and security of those who attend Adath Israel is paramount, and to that end, our board will be meeting Tuesday to review our current security measures and analyze what other procedures can be implemented at shul. We recognize the need to constantly review and improve our existing security both on Shabbos and during the week. I look forward to sharing those developments with you soon.

The fourth, all classes and shiurim will be in memory of those who lost their lives Al Kiddush Hashem and serve as a merit for a Refuah Sheleima to those who were injured and traumatized.

May the families of those who were killed or injured in Pittsburgh find comfort and strength at this difficult time.


Rabbi Joel Landau