On Saturday, during Shabbat, a gunman walked into the home of Tree of Life, Dor Hadash, and New Light Congregations in Pittsburgh and killed at least 11 people, injuring several others.
There are no words to express how devastated we are by this horrific event. Avodah sends our love and support to the victims and families of this tragedy and we are holding all those affected close to our hearts.
Even as we are heartbroken, we know that such hate-filled acts of violence are occurring every day – against Jews, people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ individuals and others. We now know that the shooter in question specifically targeted Avodah placement organization, HIAS, the global Jewish nonprofit that protects refugees, in his anti-Semitic remarks. We are proud to be partners with an organization that stands for a world in which refugees find welcome, safety and freedom. Avodah will continue to speak out against hatred and violence on all levels and actively oppose the bigoted rhetoric that has divided our nation.
We will fight anti-Semitism, prejudice and hatred in all forms. The Avodah community is attending vigils and actions over the next several days. Together, we will work to root out hate for all targets of violence and bigotry. We urge our Avodah community and supporters to find local actions near you and participate. May we join together to heal our broken world.
May we find healing and may love conquer all.