Since 2013 I’ve lived in a beautiful castle that overlooks the Squirrel Hill Tunnel. It’s been easy to look down on the traffic and imagine the stories of each of the cars as they head into the city. Each one of us neighbors along our own journey in life. This past weekend, 11 journeys met their untimely end during the beginning of morning services at Tree of Life when an anti-Semitic shooter opened fire on Shabbos.
I don’t know that this program will ever be able to have all the answers to why evil and hate are directed at Jews or any other marginalized group, but as is the goal to always improve and continue to work towards serving the most people I will continue to strive to have hard conversations on the days we need it most.
Thank you to Amy and Tyler both for their candor and kind words. Please seek them out if you have the opportunity to see their work either online or on stage. They are both passionate artists like so many of the wonderful people I’ve gotten to know in my time here.
“It is a tree of life to all who grasp it, and whoever holds on to it is happy; its ways are ways of pleasantness, and all it paths are peace. (Proverbs 3:17-18)
We remember the Late Congregants of Tree of Life:
Joyce Fienberg, 75, of Oakland;
Richard Gottfried, 65, of Ross;
Rose Mallinger, 97, of Squirrel Hill;
Jerry Rabinowitz, 66, of Edgewood;
married couple Bernice Simon, 84, of Wilkinsburg; Sylvan Simon, 86, of Wilkinsburg;
Daniel Stein, 71, of Squirrel Hill;
Melvin Wax, 88, of Squirrel Hill;
Irving Younger, 69, of Mount Washington