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Pittsburgh Inspires Widespread Solidarity Around the Bay

October 31, 2018
Posted by: Jeremy Russell, Director of Marketing and Communications

Following the atrocious events at Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, there has been a tremendous turnout across the Bay Area at dozens of vigils and community gatherings. 1,200 people gathered at Temple Emanu-El in San Francisco on Sunday, October 28. (JCRC Executive Director Abby Porth spoke at this gathering, you can read her remarks here.) Nor is our community unique. There has been a similar outpouring across the nation. And we at JCRC have received an enormous number of moving solidarity messages from other communities.

We have heard from elected officials, university officials and leaders from more than a dozen community organizations. Messages have come from faith groups as diverse as the Hindu American Foundation, Islamic Networks Group and Catholic Charities, and we have heard from Korean, Chinese and African American allies, as well.

Here is a sampling of the kind of solidarity messages we are receiving: 

"It is incumbent on all people of conscience to speak out boldly and forcefully against this attack and against all the forms of bigotry that spawn these deadly acts." –Islamic Network Group (ING) official statement

"This is just the latest of what appear to be hate-driven incidents targeting people simply because of their identity, ethnicity, race, religion, or beliefs. Even as we seek to build and sustain a campus community where everyone—everyone—feels welcome, respected and safe, we also must stand and work together with all who believe in and are committed to a peaceful, equitable world where differences are celebrated." –Carol Christ, Chancellor, University of Califonia, Berkeley

"The tragic act of hate against our brothers and sisters at The Tree of Life Synagogue is an assault on all of us. We stand in solidarity with our Jewish family around the world and we grieve with you." –Jilma L. Meneses, Chief Executive Officer, Catholic Charities of San Francisco, Marin, and San Mateo

"When there is a hate crime against one community, we are all affected. At this and all times, we stand in solidarity with all religious and ethnic minorities in the United States." –Jessica Lee, Interim Executive Director, Council of Korean Americans

For everyone still wanting to come together in the wake of the tragedy, AJC and Jewish Federations of North America have organized Jewish communities across the country to participate this Friday evening, November 2, in a nationwide campaign asking that communities #ShowUpForShabbat at their nearest synagogue. Here is the list of participating synagogues as of 3:00pm on October 31:

  • Congregation Beth Am (Los Altos Hills)
  • Congregation Beth Emek (Pleasanton)
  • Congregation Beth Jacob (Oakland)
  • Congregation B'nai Tikveh (Walnut Creek)
  • Congregation Emanu-El (San Francisco)
  • Congregation Emek Bracha (Palo Alto)
  • Congregation Emeth (San Jose)
  • Congregation Kol Shofar (Tiburon)
  • Congregation Netivot Shalom (Berkeley)
  • Congregation Rodef Sholom (Marin)
  • Congregation Sherith Israel (San Francisco)
  • Congregation Shomrei Torah (Santa Rosa)
  • Mission Minyan (San Francisco)
  • Peninsula Sinai Congregation Peninsula (Foster City)
  • Peninsula Temple Beth El (San Mateo)
  • Peninsula Temple Sholom (Burlingame)
  • Temple Isaiah of Contra Costa County (Lafayette)

PHOTO: Vigil at Temple Emanu-El by Bill Wilson (2018)