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Solidarity Shabbat: We Stand With Pittsburgh

Nov 2, 2018

Rochester's Jewish community is joining in a nationwide showing of solidarity in the wake of the killings in a Pittsburgh synagogue last weekend.

It's called Solidarity Shabbat: We Stand With Pittsburgh

Shabbat is the Jewish Sabbath, starting at nightfall Friday and lasting until nightfall Saturday.

CEO of the Jewish Federation of Rochester, Meredith Dragon, says local synagogues will host events to mourn those lost last weekend.

Credit Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester

"Bring out as many members of the Jewish community, really the community at large, to come and be in synagogue and to show support and solidarity this weekend as Jews around teh world to show that we're going to be strong and get through this," she said.

Dragon says it's important to respond to last weekend's tragedy with a show of solidarity.

"We're asking people to make Shabbat in a way that feels good to them.  So, going to synagogue, inviting friends over to celebrate together, having Shabbat dinner with friends and family.  But really doing something that honors the memory of the eleven people who were killed, and showing that we're going to be strong," she said.

Dragon says the Solidarity Shabbat is one way to make the statement that those who spew hatred, cannot win.

She adds local synagogues are working with area law enforcement agencies to ensure everyone's security at these events.

Here's a list of participating synagogues:

Congregation Beth Hamedresh - Beth Israel

Temple Emanu-el

Ohel Avraham

Temple Sinai

Temple Beth El

Jewish Family Service & Louis S. Wolk JCC

Temple B'rith Kodesh

Temple Beth David

Chabad Lubavitch of Rochester

Congregation Beth Sholom

UR Hillel/Chabad House

SUNY Geneseo Hillel

Congregation Light of Israel

Jewish Senior Life

Hillel Community Day School

Congregation Etz Chaim

Congregation Beth Hakneses Hachodosh