Days have passed, and we are still reeling from the tragedy at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. This horrific attack has broken our hearts, and we must come together to heal with love, compassion, and community.
We urge you to participate in Solidarity Shabbat on November 2nd and 3rd at a synagogue of your choice. Together with Jewish Federations across North America, as well as with the leadership of all religious streams, local synagogues, and other organizations, we will mourn our communal loss.
Last Shabbat, we witnessed the deadliest act of anti-Semitism against the Jewish community in North American history. This Shabbat, we respond with our greatest show of solidarity. As the power of our voices and prayers for healing bring our community together, your presence will send a message of unity and strength.
To show those in Pittsburgh that they have the support of the L.A. community, we have established a Victims of Terror Fund. Please donate to help the victims’ families begin to cope with the emotional and financial wreckage. 100% of funds collected will provide much-needed psychological services, reconstruction, additional security for the community, help with medical bills, and a host of other services.
As the convener of our community, our Federation’s responsibility is to bring us all together and to work to keep Jewish Los Angeles safe. Times like these bring the issue of security to the forefront, but we want you to know that we make it a daily priority through our Community Security Initiative (CSI) — a single point of contact for information and intelligence sharing, safety and security training, and resources protecting nearly 300 of our local synagogues, schools, and other institutions from harm.
We hope that by participating in the Solidarity Shabbat and donating to the Victims of Terror Fund, we can all feel that we are doing our small part to help — when we feel most helpless, hopeless, and powerless. When we come together as one, our impact will be felt across the world. This is the power of community.
May we know no more sorrow.
Julie B. Platt
Chair of the Board
President & CEO