As a resident of both Chicago and Pittsburgh, the news about the synagogue attack that took place Shabbat morning at Tree of Life Congregation strikes particularly close to home.
I was President and CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh for 24 years. In addition, Beverly and I have an apartment two blocks from the site of the killings, and we have a son and his family who live three blocks away. Squirrel is OUR community. We love it.
We have a Monday trip back to Pittsburgh. I can only imagine what we will be confronting there.
In the hopes that we all have for a better future, I want to share the following note that I just got from our Pittsburgh Rabbi, Daniel Wasserman of Shaare Torah Congregation.
On Shabbat afternoon, as I stood in front of the shuI, I was approached by a student who said his name was Ahmed. He held a large serving bowl of hot soup in his hands and he handed me a note with the following text:
"I am a student at CMU. I have lived in Sq. Hill for almost four years now and am very grateful for the hospitality and how good everyone has been to me here. I tried to make something for you. I am sorry for your loss and wanted to give my condolences to your community. Please accept this. I didn't put any dairy or eggs or anything not kosher in the lentils. My thoughts and prayers go out to the bereaved.
I thanked him and gave him a hug
Here’s to a prayer fulfilled that we can build a better world, one good person at a time!