a message from the clergy
We are devastated by the tragic shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. We are holding their community close in our hearts, and may we bring comfort and consolation to their families and the Jewish community and all who mourn.
At Rodef Sholom, our highest priority is security and the safety of our community. We have been in contact with our local sheriff and our security team in order to coordinate additional safety measures in the coming days and weeks.
#ShowUpForShabbat: Please join us for Shabbat services on Friday, November 2 at 6:15pm in our Sanctuary. We will lift our voices in prayer and song, and support each other and our own Jewish community in strength and love. And as we enter this new week and the weeks ahead, may the source of peace send peace to all of us.
Rabbis Stacy, Elana, Lara, and Cantor David
tree of life victims
These are the names of the 11 beautiful souls who were murdered while praying in their synagogue. Say their names aloud to honor their memories and inspire yourself to fight even harder for sensible gun laws and against hatred of any kind.
Click here for illuminating portraits, including photos and reflections from loved ones, of each individual whose precious life was stolen that day.
Joyce Feinberg, 75
Richard Gottfried, 65
Rose Mallinger, 97
Jerry Rabinowitz, 66
Cecil Rosenthal*, 59
David Rosenthal*, 54
Bernice Simon**, 84
Sylvan Simon**, 86
Daniel Stein, 71
Melvin Wax, 88
Irving Younger, 69
*David and Cecil Rosenthal were brothers.
**Bernice and Sylvan Simon were husband and wife.
Jewish Resources for Coping with Acts of Terror: A roundup of resources for coping with the Tree of Life shooting, including prayers, guidance on how to address this tragedy with kids, and ways to take action against gun violence (from ReformJudaism.org)
Practical Advice for Parents: How to Help Your Child Following a Trauma (from the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh)
Incredibly Good Work Following the Tree of Life Shooting: A collection of resources, articles, and suggestions on how/where to contribute time and/or funds in the wake of this historic tragedy.
Tree of Life (or L'Simcha) Congregation's website: Stay updated on ways you can support Tree of Life and donate directly to funds that have been set up to assist both the families of the victims and the rebuilding of the synagogue.