Tribute to Pittsburgh Tree of Life


On the tragedy at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, October 27, 2018

Our tears flow...

Thank you to Or Zarua, Old Haverford Friends, H-Can, the Haverford Police, neighbors, and dear friends for gathering in prayer, song, teaching, silence, sharing at Old Haverford Friends Meeting House to honor those who perished.

Send a clear message that attacks like the massacre at Tree of Life can never happen again — not to Jews or to anyone else.

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AGAIN – by Rabbi Shelly Barnathan

Following the shooting at Eytz Chayim synagogue – Pittsburgh, Shabbat, October 27, 2018


Gunfire, tragedy,

Terrorism, death…

Horror… violence…tragedy.

Hearts broken, lives ended,

Families shattered… Where will it end?

Where is the respect for human life?

Aren’t we all created

B’tzelem Elohim? - in the image of


When will it end?

Our hearts bleed…

And what about those innocent hearts

Stopped so tragically, so suddenly…

Innocents… living life… praying, celebrating Shabbat

Naming a new baby…

The wounded, the brave..

Innocent victims of terrorism

Innocent victims of hatred

When will it end? How will it end?

So much sorrow, there is a cry in our throats

That asks – What can we do?

Where is my voice in making change?

Where are my actions in making change?

What can I do?

We are shocked, we cry, we mourn,

Then we respond with our voices, with our deeds, with our actions…

Let us reflect both on the horror and the pain

Let us cry our tears and feel our outrage

And then let us pause in silence to hear, from our deepest souls,

What can I do to bring change to this world,

To this broken world so in need of healing?

Let us speak out, let us act, let us prevail upon our lawmakers...

As Jews United for Justice calls out,

“We cannot afford to retreat to the convenience of feeling overwhelmed.”

Mourn, pray, hug, write, march, call. Speak up, speak out, donate, unite, VOTE.

In loving memory of:

Joyce Fienberg

Richard Gottfried

Rose Mallinger

Jerry Rabinowitz

Cesil Rosenthal

David Rosenthal

Sylvan Simon

Bernice Simon

David Stein

Melvin Wax

Irving Younger

זכרונם לברכה

May their memories be a blessing.

עולם חסד יבנה

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May we build a world of lovingkindness.

Standing and acting for peace,


With gratitude for your love, care, and commitment to inclusion, acceptance, understanding and peace -

Reb Shelly

Rabbi Shelly Barnathan