I would love to tell you what an awesome weekend it was, but sadly, it was not.
The horrific events of Saturday have scarred this city, and most especially the community of Squirrel Hill. My heart aches for the eleven lives that were brutally ended as they worshiped together at the Tree of Life Synagogue. To the families of the victims, I send my love and prayers to join with those of my fellow Pittsburghers as we stand with you in support.
If you have not read Howard Fineman’s NYTimes OpEd, you should. And, then read Bari Weiss’s article. and, finally, read the Dispatch from Squirrel Hill: Dread in a peaceful place by David Shribman and you will begin to understand the community that Squirrel Hill is, and more importantly, the community that the Tree of Life is.
I have spent much of the weekend wondering where we go from here and how I can help heal these wounds.
Sarah made some excellent suggestions for ways to give in her post, I am adding to her list and adding HIAS. There is also a gofundme for the congregation as well as a LaunchGood campaign for the victims’ families.
We might be bruised, but we are not broken. Hate never wins.