On the morning of October 27, 2018, a virulent anti-Semite armed with a semiautomatic AR-15 assault rifle attacked the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In a matter of minutes, he killed 11 congregants and injured six others. A bris (ceremony for a baby boy) was taking place when the shooting started.
After the shooter was captured, Donald Trump added to the wounds of a devastated community by blaming the shooting on the synagogue, suggesting it was the congregants’ fault for not hiring armed guards. Current and former rabbis at Tree of Life were divided on whether the president should visit Pittsburgh to “pay his respects.”
The victims of the shooting ranged in age from 54 to 97. A crowd of thousands gathered the day after the shooting to mourn the dead at a ceremony organized by the Jewish Family and Community Services of Pittsburgh.
Please send the following message of condolence (personalized to your liking) to Tree of Life Rabbi Jeffrey Myers through one of the channels below:
I am so terribly sorry that 11 precious lives were stolen from you in the shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue. My heart also goes out to the injured and to those now scarred by trauma from witnessing this horror. May the memories of those killed be a blessing to you in the difficult days ahead. I want you to know I consider this attack to be an attack on all Americans and I will fight anti-Semitism anywhere and everywhere I come across it. Religious freedom, first and foremost, means being able to pray and worship without fear of violence. I will not rest until your congregation and all others in this country enjoy such freedom. My love to you and all Tree of Life congregants.
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