Friday November 2, 2018
Many make clear that they stand against hate.
Words alone cannot express the Jewish community's gratitude to the broader Berks County community for their support and presence at Tuesday evening's prayer vigil for the victims of the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. More than 800 people came out to express their shock and revulsion at this terrible hate crime. Today, when all too often, people are divided, it was amazing and of great importance to see our community stand united. The outpouring of support and comfort was a reminder that the Jewish community of Berks County does not stand alone.
On behalf of Reform Congregation Oheb Sholom, Kesher Zion Synagogue, the Chabad Center of Berks County and the Jewish Federation of Reading/Berks, may Tuesday's service be the last one necessary in any house of worship in our community or our world.
Rabbi Brian Michelson
Editor's note: Michelson is spiritual leader of Reform Congregation Oheb Sholom, Wyomissing.
Jewish community grateful for support