5 Things You Can Do in the Wake of the Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting
"If you have come here to help me you are wasting your time, but if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together." — Lilla Watson
As we approach the end of the week, Jews the world over are once again preparing for Shabbat, which celebrates the seventh day of Creation when God looked at what had come to be and said: this is good, and I have earned a break. It is a sacred day, one of peace and of rest.
This week is different for many of us. We are thinking about the 11 Jews gunned down while gathering for morning worship at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. And we are asking ourselves what this act of profound, premeditated violence means for the safety of our communities, our sacred spaces, our friends and ourselves.
In November 2016, I wrote an essay for POPSUGAR about the anti-Semitic, white supremacist firebombing of my synagogue in June 1999. I wrote about my fear and my hope. In the aftermath of Saturday's massacre, I heard from many friends expressing their support and asking what they could do to help. For them, and for you, I respectfully write once again to offer these suggestions.