Congregations in western Mass. hold solidarity events in response to Pittsburgh shooting

Congregations in western Mass. hold solidarity events in response to Pittsburgh shooting

Saturday was the first Sabbath since last weekend’s Synagogue massacre in Pittsburgh.

“Don’t be shy to say to somebody you know, who’s Jewish, I’m thinking about you. You are going through a tough time right now and I am on your side and I am thinking about you,” said Carolyn Porter of the United Church of Christ.

A global message of support being spread around the world this weekend, as the Jewish community holds a solidarity Shabbat one week after the deadly synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh where 11 people were murdered.

The American Jewish Committee launched the social media initiative #ShowUpForShabbat. And sending a message that “Love triumphs over hate”

“Those things encourage what we’re seeing as a growth of all these acts of violence,” Frances Wellson a Holyoke Synagogue member told 22News. “In ways, some things have gotten better, but there’s a hell of a long way to go.”

“There’s a loss that is leading to terrible things like this for many people who are seen as minorities in this country,” Rabbi Saul Perlmutter added.

Rabbi Perlmutter said there’s a loss of civility. But just by coming together we are working together to build a better humanity.

“Everyone left here feeling, I think, somewhat uplifted,” said Rabbi Perlmutter. “Feeling somewhat reassured that we’re all part of one humanity. We all can care and support and uplift everyone.”

46-year-old Robert Bowers faces multiple charges, including federal hate crimes. He could face the death penalty in convicted.

Muslims Unite for Pittsburgh Synagogue has raised more than $230,000. And GoFundME also created a page, which has generated more than $1.1 million and counting.

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