“You cannot isolate intolerant speech on any particular community. If you direct harsh, coarse rhetoric toward a certain group — say Mexicans — it infects our entire society and it gives license to a coarseness and hoarseness of speech to the groups that are perceived as the ‘other.’”
Rabbi Ammiel Hirsch's remarks during Sunday's Kristallnacht commemorative concert are quoted in an am New York article on the community's response to the recent tragedy in Pittsburgh.
Stephen Wise Free Synagogue Responds to the Shooting in Pittsburgh
We are still numbed with grief and shock by the massacre at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. The Jewish community has always sought to process grief communally. In that spirit, on Friday night the community will gather for Shabbat services in the sanctuary, and Rabbi Hirsch will address the events of the past week.
Stephen Wise Free Synagogue has established a Pittsburgh Jewish Community Solidarity Fund, which will help support the Jewish community there following this tragedy. Please consider making a donation. In the coming weeks our congregational leadership will make decisions on how to allocate the funds contributed, and inform the community.
The Stephen Wise clergy and educators are here for you in times of need. Please reach out to us if you would like to talk. We look forward to seeing you this week; may we find strength in each other.
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