To receive daily emails from Breaking Christian News to your inbox CLICK HERE


SHARE THIS ARTICLE Printer friendly version of this page

"We Will Defeat Hate with Love" -In Pittsburgh Memorial Service, Rabbi Vows That Shooting 'Will Not Break Us'

News Staff : Oct 29, 2018 : JNS.org

"We will continue to thrive and sing and worship and learn together and continue our historic legacy in the city with the friendliest people that I know." -Rabbi Jonathan Perlman

(Pittsburgh, PA)—[JNS.org] Thousands attended a memorial service for the victims of Pittsburgh's Tree of Life Or L'Simcha Synagogue on Sunday night, where many decried the growing toxic political discourse in the United States, while vowing to come together to embrace tolerance and unity. (Photo: Israel Minister of Diaspora Affairs Naftali Bennett addresses the Pittsburgh Jewish community at a special memorial service on Sunday night, Oct. 28, 2018/Credit: Alexi Rosenfeld/via JNS)

Tree of Life Rabbi Jeffrey Myers, who was leading prayers when the shooter opened fire, told political leaders that they must put an end to hate speech.

"My words are not intended as political," said Myers. "My mother always taught me that if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say it."

Rabbi Jonathan Perlman, who heads the New Light congregation, one of the other denominations that uses the Tree of Life Synagogue, vowed that the shooting "will not break us, will not ruin us."

"We will continue to thrive and sing and worship and learn together and continue our historic legacy in the city with the friendliest people that I know."

The service, held at the University of Pittsburgh's Soldiers and Sailors Hall, included more than 4,000 attendees from across the Jewish and non-Jewish communities in Pittsburgh, including the Gov. Tom Wolf, Mayor Bill Peduto, the state's congressional delegation, as well as U.S. President Donald Trump's Special Envoy Jason Greenblatt, Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer and New York Israel Consul General Danny Dayan.

The service also included clergy from other faiths, including Christian and Muslim leaders, who briefly gave remarks.

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto said during the service that the incident was the "darkest hour" in his city's history.

"But here's another thing about Pittsburgh. We are resilient. We will work together as one. We will defeat hate with love. We will be a city of compassion and we will be welcoming to all people," he said to cheers.

Israel Minister of Diaspora Affairs Naftali Bennett flew in from Israel to attend the service on Sunday.

"Our whole nation is feeling the pain you are feeling here after this heinous hate crime. I want to extend my condolences to the families of the victims," said Bennett.

He added that "people who have seen so much in their lives could not imagine they would be gunned down in Shabbat prayer." Subscribe for free to Breaking Christian News here

Reprinted with Permission from JNS.org







SHARE THIS ARTICLE Printer friendly version of this page

To receive daily emails from Breaking Christian News to your inbox CLICK HERE

 
Other Recent Articles from Breaking Christian News
     
 

Search the Articles Archives

Keyword  
Author  
Words Posted on
Day Month Year
 

Not all search fields are required


To Order by Phone Call: 1-866-354-5245 (1-541-926-3250 outside the U.S.)

BCN Plus
Register TODAY for Our 2019 Israel Tour

An BCN Paid Advertisement
A BCN Paid Advertisement
A BCN Paid Advertisement
BCN Store
Follow BCN on Twitter
Are You Praying for Our Government Leaders?
BCN Staff

Steve Shultz
Steve Shultz, Managing Editor


Aimee Herd
Aimee Herd, Editor


Teresa Neumann
Teresa Neumann, Reporter

BCN Plus
Are You Praying for President Trump?
 
An ElijahList Paid Advertisement
 
BCN Contact Info

All articles on this site and emails from BCN are copyrighted property of Breaking Christian News. Permission is given to link to, or share a BCN story if proper attribution is given to both the original writer and summarizer of the story. Breaking Christian News 2005-2017. All Rights Reserved.

 

Disclaimer: Articles and links, as well as the source articles linked to; do not necessarily reflect the opinion of Breaking Christian News.

541-924-3906