Jewish life in America was forever altered last Shabbat when a lone gunman slaughtered 11 Jews and injured four others as they prayed at Tree of Life – Or L’Simcha Congregation, in Pittsburgh. This massacre is the deadliest act of antisemitism in North American history.
This coming Shabbat, we will honor the victims by completing the prayers which they began last week.
On the one hand, it will be a fairly typical occasion: Jews arriving at Temple on a Saturday morning, greeting their friends, listening to the Torah being read, reciting the tefillot (prayers), eating a light lunch together and then going home, in peace.
But on the other hand, this Shabbat our determination to continue living a full Jewish life as usual, will be an act of defiance against those who have tried – both in the past and today – to destroy us.
That is why this coming Shabbat is a “Solidarity Shabbat with the Jewish Community of Pittsburgh”, which is being observed at synagogues, community centers and in homes across North America.
Please join us at Temple Beth David on Saturday, because we need you to help us broadcast to the entire world: “עַם יִשְׂרָאֵל חַי – The Nation of Israel is Alive!”
9:00am Torah study, taught by Howard Brill
10:00am Services begin
A light Kiddush lunch will be served after services