A few days ago the peace of Shabbat was shattered at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Or L’Simcha synagogue as a gunman stormed into the shul during services and murdered 11 worshippers. His heinous crime has left us devastated, but we are comforted by the many expressions of unwavering support that the Jewish community has received from around the world.
In the aftermath of the attack, the Jewish Federations of North America have called for a Solidarity Shabbat. Organizations around North America are calling for both Jews and non-Jews to go to services this Shabbat in solidarity with the Jewish community of Pittsburgh.
In the GTA, the Toronto Board of Rabbis and UJA Federation of Greater Toronto are participating in this initiative. We urge you to stand with Pittsburgh. Show that you will not be deterred by hate. Go to shul this Shabbat. Invite a friend, or neighbor, Jew, or non-Jew. This Shabbat is for Pittsburgh.
The GTA is blessed to have many synagogues of various types in many locations. Whether you are Jewish or not, please find one in your area and feel welcome to attend. Information about times of services are listed on synagogue websites.
You can find a list of synagogues at jewishtoronto.com/synagogues