01 Nov Anger, Grief & Solidarity
This recent attack was the deadliest on Jews in U.S. history — killing worshipers who ranged in age from 54 to 97. Among those slain were two brothers who had attended services each week since boyhood, a doctor who led Torah studies and a research assistant who took turns as a front-door greeter. (Honor the victims and see their names: https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2018/national/victims-of-the-pittsburgh-synagogue-shooting.)
The indictment listed each victim only by initials.
A Pittsburgh community is experiencing a range of feelings and emotions — anger, grief, inspiration, renewed spirituality — that are bringing together residents and their supporters throughout the tightly knit enclave this week.
The Squirrel Hill neighborhood readied itself to host another slate of funerals for victims of last weekend’s synagogue shooting a day after President Donald Trump and his family encountered demonstrators denouncing his visit. Local and state leaders also declined to accompany him on his travels.
Another protest is scheduled Wednesday evening as University of Pittsburgh students plan to meet at a public square in the Oakland neighborhood to rally against hate and gun violence. National Jewish leaders, meanwhile, are encouraging Americans of every faith to follow up last week’s deadly shooting by attending Shabbat services in their own hometowns in solidarity with Pittsburgh.
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