Beth Am Responds to Shooting with Interfaith Show of Solidarity

November 07, 2018

Los Altos Town Crier
By Bruce Barton

The Oct. 27 massacre that claimed 11 lives at a Pittsburgh synagogue prompted a gathering of more than 800 people the following day at Congregation Beth Am in Los Altos Hills. They came together not to wallow in fear and hate, but to reaffirm love and family, and commit to repair and recovery.

Representatives of the Christian, Muslim and Hindu faiths who attended the Oct. 28 gathering offered local Jews their support in the wake of the attack at the Tree of Life Synagogue. The shootings, allegedly at the hand of a lone gunman with a history of anti-Semitism, were reported to be the deadliest attack on Jews in U.S. history.

Beth Am Senior Rabbi Janet Marder led the assembled crowd in prayer and song, introducing speakers that included local faith and political leaders. Beth Am held another gathering Friday as part of a nationwide campaign, #ShowUpForShabbat.

“Oct. 28, the day after, this sanctuary is full – our community gathers in this sacred place to stand together in unity to create sanctuary for one another,” Marder said. “Within hours of yesterday’s tragedy, we at Beth Am and Jews throughout the Bay Area received beautiful messages of support from leaders and members of other faith communities. … I am deeply grateful for all the messages of solidarity – (it is) comforting to know that we are not alone in our grief.”