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Our Hearts Are With Pittsburgh

“We have come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promise of democracy.”

– Martin Luther King, Jr., 1963

 

This past week has been a troubling one for our country and our hopes to be an inclusive and welcoming society. The events break our hearts. Twelve bombs were sent to political and civic leaders, and two African Americans were murdered at a grocery store after the gunman failed to enter into an African American church. Of the most egregious is the recent massacre of eleven at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh.

Events like these are reminders of why it is important to stand against hate, racism, domestic terrorism and anti-Semitism, while also remembering those whose lives were threatened and taken. Throughout our community, many activities are services are being planned specifically in response to the tragedy in Pittsburgh. For anyone interested in learning more, an updated list maintained by the Jewish Federation of Metro Detroit (JFMD) can be found on their website.

On November 2nd & 3rd, several local Jewish organizations will host a special Shabbat service in honor of the victims of the Tree of Life in Pittsburgh. There is no cost, and you do not need to be a congregation member to attend.  A list of local congregations can be found here.

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