Showing solidarity in the face of hate

I had the opportunity to attend a vigil at Beth Jacob Synagogue on Thursday evening in honour of the victims of the mass shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. It was a moving experience and I was touched by the show of solidarity demonstrated by our community.

In particular, I want to recognize and thank the members of our local Jewish community. The leadership they showed in organizing the vigil is incredibly important.

In the wake of hateful crimes such as the shooting in Pittsburgh, people need to come together in solidary against the forces of hatred. In that spirit, I want to re-iterate what I mentioned in my comments. In her comments, Beth Jacob Synagogue President Ginny Cymbalist spoke about togetherness and she summed it up well in saying, “In Judaism, no one mourns alone.”

In the spirit of these comments, no one in Sault Ste. Marie mourns alone.  Our community remains united.