SHOOTING AT TREE OF LIFE


Our prayers and thoughts are with all of those were killed and injured this morning at the tragic shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill. We are praying for those who have died and their families and all who have been injured; we are praying for the members of this congregation; and we are praying for the police officers and all who have responded to this tragedy, some of whom have been wounded and hurt. We are still learning the details of this terrible and senseless act of violence and hatred. These are our neighbors and friends and our hearts are broken. We stand with all of them in friendship, in solidarity, in love and in prayer in these dark days. There is no place in our community for hatred, bigotry, prejudice, and violence of any kind. So many of us have built life-giving relationships in our East End community and beyond that cross the boundaries of race, gender, economic disparities and religious belief. We stand with all of our Jewish brothers and sisters in solidarity, friendship, and prayer in these days. We lift up these needs before God and pray for peace, for healing and for strength.