FRAMINGHAM – Over the weekend, 11 individuals wee killed inside Tree of Life congregation in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
This weekend, both Framingham temples will hold services and have invited the community.
Temple Beth Am has invited people of all faiths to gather for a service of Unity and Solidarity on Friday, Nov. 2, at 7:15 pm.
The “Solidarity Shabbat is an uplifting, musical Sabbath service of unity, pride, commemoration and solidarity, with invited guests from our interfaith and civic community, including Framingham Mayor Yvonne Spicer,” wrote Rabbi Sharon Sobel, on social media.
State Rep. Jack Patrick Lewis, as well as some City Councilors also are expected to attend.
“As communities of faith, we will deliver a strong message: we reject hate, we reject fear, we reject racism, antisemitism, prejudice, violence and evil of any type. We stand up for love, we stand up for justice, peace, friendship and hope. Let us raise our voices in prayer and song, spirit and community. We will lead by example, to stand tall, and work together to be the change we want to see in our world,” wrote the Rabbi.
Also on Friday evening, Temple Beth Sholom will have services in the sanctuary at 7:30 p.m.
“Following services we will have the first of four speakers in a collaborative series of TBS and Northeastern University Jewish Studies. Professor of Political Science Max Abrahms will speak about his new book: RULES FOR REBELS (rulesforrebels.info). Prof. Abrahms is an expert on international terrorism and the calculations terrorists make in planning their actions. Given events of recent weeks, he will also talk to us about the implications of his work for domestic terrorism. An oneg and opportunities for more intimate conversation will follow our service,” wrote Rabbi Leonard Gordon
Temple Beth Sholom will hold another service at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, but have invited the community to attend a memorial gathering in the Sanctuary at 11.45.
“At the conclusion of our service, around 11:45, everyone will join together in the Sanctuary to remember those who were murdered atTree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh last shabbat. We will be joining Jews all over the world who are gathering this shabbat for services. Our program will include memorial prayers, songs of healing, readings and short talks by myself and the head of the Framingham Interfaith Council, Rev. Debbie Clark of Edwards Church and Open Spirit. Rav Hazan Sokol will lead us in song and in the memorial prayer. I will also share information about how we can help as individuals and as a community. Join us on this special shabbat of memory and solidarity,” wrote Rabbi Gordon.
Originally posted on October 29. Updated on October 30. Last updated on November 2.