Today is June 16, 2019 -
Six months to the day after the worst assault on the Jewish people in American history at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, tragedy once again struck a Jewish house of worship on Shabbat, and on the last day of the Passover holiday. We once again find ourselves sending condolences and prayers to the grief-stricken community of Poway, California. Our hearts ache for all who have been touched by yet another killing in a house to worship.
This shooting is a reminder of the enduring virulence of anti-semitism. People of all faiths should not have to live in fear of going to their house of worship.
One of the most important responses we can have to this weekend’s violence is to continue to strengthen our CBI community. It is imperative we all support our local houses of worship and make sure we have a home where we can worship, learn, and bond together. In this way, we remind the larger community around us, that we stand strong in the face of anti-semitism and hate.
To that end please plan to join us for several educational and particularly relevant events coming up in early June. In honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day, we will hold a Yom HaShoah service on the evening of May 2nd. Then on Thursday evening, May 9th, a very special event, Ariel Burger, teaching assistant to Elie Wiesel and author of “Witness: Lessons from Elie Wiesel’s Classroom, will be our guest speaker.
Finally, on Sunday, May 5th, we will have a special program with guest speaker Anita Adams – “Recalling Havana, A Jewish Tale of Immigration.” Further details on these special events can be found in the bulletin, on CBI’s website, and in CBI news emails.
Lastly, please make sure to contribute to our annual Passover Campaign. We are a little over half way to our fundraising goal of $10,000 for this appeal. If you already have, we thank you. If you haven’t contributed yet, please do. It’s never been more important to contribute to the health and well-being of Congregation Beth Israel.
CBI is proud of the varied, dynamic programming we have been offering, and together we will remain the strong united shul we can all be proud off. We’ll show the larger community that we stand strong together.
Robin Rose and Howard Spector