TREE OF LIFE CONGREGATIONS RAISE MONEY FOR SECURITY AT ISLAMIC CENTER OF PITTSBURGH
Statement on the verdict in the Antwon Rose case:
The jury has just proclaimed that police officer Michael Rosfeld is not guilty in the shooting death of teenager Antwon Rose II in June 2018.
The death of this young black man by a white police officer here in Pittsburgh is a reminder of the vast inequities in our society. Our country is greatly divided by race and ethnicity and religion. As Jews, the unjust death of Antwon Rose reminds us of obligation to repair the world. We must find ways to come together, find common ground, and move forward. We call upon our neighbors of all faiths and beliefs to recognize the common humanity in people of all colors, races, religions, ethnicity, and genders.
Dor Hadash extends its deepest sympathies to Antwon’s family and friends during this difficult time. May his memory continue to be for a blessing.
Rehumanize: A Vigil for Muslims in New Zealand
A vigil will be held at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall on Sunday March 24th at 5:00 pm. More information available on Facebook.
Joint Statement by Congregations Tree Of Life – Or L’Simcha , Dor Hadash, and New Light Congregation regarding the killing of 49 innocent people in two Christchurch Mosques
The members of Tree Of Life – Or L’Simcha Congregation, Congregation Dor Hadash, and New Light Congregation in Pittsburgh are profoundly saddened by the horrific shooting in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. After the Oct. 27, 2018 attack on our synagogue that killed 11 people in our congregations, we grieve with our fellow sons and daughters of Abraham on the senseless loss of life due to senseless hatred, which is an abomination in a civilized society.
We stand beside our Muslim brothers and sisters and mourn alongside the families and friends who have lost loved ones in this unconscionable act of violence. We will continue to work towards a day when all people on this planet can live together in peace and mutual respect.
We extend our deepest gratitude to the Pittsburgh Community for your overwhelming outpouring of support since the murder of 11 of our fellow Jews on October 27.
You have stood with us. You have sung with us, prayed with us, grieved with us and raised funds for us. Your support has held us up over the past several weeks and affirmed for us the strength of our Jewish and Pittsburgh Communities.
We were attacked because we are Jews. We condemn the white nationalist ideology the perpetrator embraced, a toxic belief system that promotes anti-Semitism and demonizes non-white immigrants, Muslims, the LGBTQIA+ community, and people of color.
We raise our voices to demand an end to hate speech and the othering of any human beings by anyone, including our elected leaders. We raise our voices to demand rational gun laws to help prevent future tragedies.
This tragedy will forever be a part of our story, but it will not define us. We will move forward and rebuild, not only our congregation, but our country.
If you or someone you know needs support in recovering from this tragedy, please see these resources from Jewish Family and Community Services.
Congregation Dor Hadash is a member-led congregation in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, an affiliate of the Jewish Reconstructionist Communities.
Congregants share in the responsibility for ritual programs and in all the administrative aspects of congregational life. Active participation is central to the exploration and development of our Jewish identities.
Our congregation is welcoming, egalitarian, and inclusive. Our congregants are Jews by birth or by choice; they are single or part of family units; they include people of different sexual orientations and gender identities; and they live in households that are of the same or different faiths.
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