In the days since the horrific murders that took place last Shabbat morning in Pittsburgh, I have received condolences from faith leaders and concerned citizens throughout our region. Their expressions of sorrow and solidarity remind us that as Jews, we are not alone in times of pain. I offer a sampling of their messages to bring you consolation and strength.
With the unfortunate, tragic news coming out of Pittsburgh I couldn't help but think about Temple Beth Torah, and our many friends/neighbors in the Jewish community. Please accept this note of renewed friendship and strong support during this challenging, painful time. I know that I speak for everyone at our Masjid when I say that we're here for you.
The Reverend Lori Walton, St. James’ Episcopal Church
As I witness the Jewish community and the nation mourn the tragic and senseless loss of the eleven members of Tree of Life, our Jewish brothers and sisters in Fremont have been on my heart and in my prayers. On behalf of St. James’ Episcopal Church, I wanted to reach out to let you and your community know that we stand with you and we stand against hate, discrimination and anti-Semitism.
Our city is blessed by the presence of Temple Beth Torah and you remain in our prayers.
The Reverend Greg Roth, Centerville Presbyterian
How long Oh Lord, must your people endure such hostilities from evil men? Our solidarity and prayers are with your community!
Mihir Meghani, MD, representing the Hindu Community:
We are very sorry for the tragedy in Pittsburgh. Our organization, members and the global Hindu diaspora, are with the Jewish community. Hindus and Jews have a shared legacy, and similarity in America that binds us.
Sister Elaine Sanchez, Sisters of the Holy Family
I want you to know that myself and the Sisters of the Holy Family are saddened by the events that targeted our sisters and brothers from the Jewish community in Pittsburgh.
Know we hold all in prayer during this time, and want to let our friends at Temple Beth Torah know we are grateful for your presence in our community.
Ken Perry, Fremont Stake President, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
On behalf of the members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Fremont and Newark area, we express our deepest sympathy. We are horrified by this terrible act of violence toward the innocent and cannot in any way condone such behavior. As always, we are deeply saddened when people are targeted because of their faith, race, or beliefs.
At times like these, it is difficult to know how to help. But please know we stand ready if you find we can be of service locally, including supporting efforts to spread peace and unity.
Your sadness is our sadness. As a community, we all have reason to mourn.
Karen Hernandez, Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley
We want to extend our deepest condolences to your community. As we try to make sense of such senseless violence, we stand in solidarity with Temple Beth Torah.
In this very dark time for the American Jewish community, please know we are holding you in the light.