After synagogue massacre, Jewish organization encourages people to #ShowUpForShabbat

Melony Roy
November 01, 2018 - 8:30 pm
Community members light candles while coming together during a vigil for the shooting victims killed inside the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh on Monday, October 29, 2018 at Capitol Park in downtown Detroit.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — In wake of the massacre that claimed the lives of 11 worshipers in a Pittsburgh, a new social media campaign is urging communities to flock to synagogues this weekend for Shabbat. 

The American Jewish Committee (AJC) has been pushing the hashtag #ShowUpForShabbat across the globe, calling on elected officials and religious and civic leaders — both Jewish and non-Jewish — to do exactly as the tag says.
 
"There's a lot of healing that needs to go on, and this is a very important step toward that healing," said AJC Regional Director Marcia Bronstein. "Standing together on Shabbat in a synagogue will give great strength to the Jewish community and will show tremendous solidarity with the Pittsburgh community that's suffered these horrific killings."


 
Shabbat, a traditional Jewish day of rest, is observed from sundown Friday and to sundown Saturday.
 
"We're sending a strong message that Jews are not afraid," Bronstein continued, "and if one religious group is targeted, all religious groups are targeted because it can happen anywhere. ... We're coming together in strength and peace." 
 
The AJC is also working with the Delaware Valley Intelligence Center to ensure the safety of those who want to attend Shabbat services at area synagogues.

For those unable to attend in person, you can watch a livestream of Shabbat services from Central Synagogue in New York City at 6 p.m. Friday and 9:30 a.m. Saturday.