Responding to the tragedy at the Tree of Life Synagogue

:שִׁיר הַמַּעֲלוֹת
.מִמַּעֲמַקִּים קְרָאתִיךָ    יְהוָה
:אֲדֹנָי,    שִׁמְעָה בְקוֹלִי
.תִּהְיֶינָה אָזְנֶיךָ, קַשֻּׁבוֹת–    לְקוֹל, תַּחֲנוּנָי

A Song of Ascents.
Out of the depths have I called you, Adonai. Adonai, hear my voice
let Your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications.

Psalm 130

We are all heartbroken by the devastating tragedy at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. It is unimaginable that just as so many of us were gathered together praying in our sanctuary at Shabbat morning services (on October 27, 2018), the Tree of Life community, too, came together—but their prayers were shattered by the sound of gun shots, turning the service into a murder scene, one more place added to the list in America where mass shootings have taken place.

—Rabbis Roly Matalon, Felicia Sol, Erin Glazer, Marcelo Bronstein, and Shuli Passow

Read the complete message from the BJ rabbis, sent to the BJ community on Sunday, October 28.

At the bottom of this page, hear from members of the Michigan Corrections Organization, the union of corrections officers in Michigan, who came to New York to personally present the letter they had written to our community in the wake of this horrific antisemitic attack, at Shabbat Services on November 10.

#ShowUpForShabbat

Following the attack, communities around America and the world have come together to mourn, pray, and stand in solidarity with the Jewish community of Pittsburgh. Jewish community and friends were called to #ShowUpForShabbat, and more than 2,300 people attended services at BJ.

At Kabbalat Shabbat services, Rabbi Felicia Sol helped us to hold our grief and anguish as we welcomed Shabbat, and on Shabbat morning, Rabbi Roly Matalon’s words moved us from anguish to action. Click below to watch the sermons, as recorded via the BJ Livestream, or click the link beneath each video to read or download as a PDF.

 

Read or download Rabbi Felicia Sol’s sermon as a PDF.

 

Read or download Rabbi Roly Matalon’s sermon as a PDF.

 

A Visit from the Michigan Corrections Organization

At Shabbat services on November 10, 2018, we had the great privilege of hearing from members of the Michigan Corrections Organization (MCO), the union of corrections officers in Michigan, who came to New York to personally present the letter they had written to our community in the wake of the horrific antisemitic attack on the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. Our relationship with MCO was born out of BJ’s enduring commitment to engage in the public arena to effect social change. We invite you to read some background about the MCO exchange program, and to watch Andy Potter, Jeremy Tripp, and Mike Lennox of MCO read their letter to the BJ community at Shabbat morning services, or read it yourself.