A Week After Pittsburgh Shooting, Hundreds #ShowUpForShabbat

Religion News Service’s Yonat Shimron reports that Pittsburgh’s Beth Shalom Congregation held a community Shabbat service on Saturday to come together a week after 11 people died in a horrific shooting at the neighboring Tree of Life synagogue. The service was part of the American Jewish Committee’s (AJC) #ShowUpForShabat initiative, which aims to unite Jews across the country in the wake of the attack. Shimron writes, “After members from among Tree of Life’s three congregations took turns reading the Torah portion for the day, Rabbi Jeffrey Myers, the rabbi of Tree of Life, stood up to give the sermon. He wanted to explain to a largely — but not exclusively — liberal Jewish community why he welcomed President Trump, who visited Pittsburgh along with First Lady Melania Trump on Tuesday.”

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