What occurred at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh on Saturday, Oct. 27 leaves the Rochester community heartbroken. A vigil occurred at Temple B'rith Kodesh on Sunday, Oct. 28 to honor those who died and to stand in solidarity with our Jewish brothers and sisters. Our interfaith community in Rochester stands against all forms of religious violence and hate. See below for photos from the event.
People filled all of the seating that Temple B'rith Kodesh had to offer.
Organizers estimate that around 2,000 people came in support
of our Jewish brothers and sisters.
Senior Rabbi of Temple B'rith Rabbi Debbi Till spoke of loss and
Kodesh, Peter Stein, welcomed those led the community in a prayer of
gathered, expressed his grief, and grief.
emceed the evening.
Samiha Islam of the Islamic Meredith Dragon, CEO of the Jewish
Center of Rochester offered Federation of Greater Rochester, offered
condolences to the Jewish words of grief, pain, and hope.
community and a call to
solidarity to the whole
Sister Susan Nowak, SSJ,
prayed and offered comfort
to the Jewish community
from the Catholic community.
Hazzan Randall Levin of Temple Beth El closed the evening with a beautiful song.
Rabbi Alan Katz of Temple Sinai and Rabbi
Michael Silbert from Temple Beth David
led a prayer of mourning from the Psalms.
Dr. Marvin A. McMickle, President of
the Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity
School, offered words of consolation
and solidarity to the Jewish community.
Jewish leaders from multiple
communities led the
assembly in song and prayer.