FRAMINGHAM – The community is invited to a Stand Up for Shabbat: A Shabbat of Solidarity, Pride and Unity. An uplifting musical Interfaith Shabbat Service of Harmony and Togetherness Friday evening at Temple Beth Am, after a report of middle school students creating an anti-Semitic group over the weekend.
” We are almost at the one year anniversary of the tragic anti-Semitic massacre at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. Since that time, other violent acts of anti-Semitism continue to plague our nation and world. Most recently, we’re horrified at the attacks last week on the Jewish congregation in Halle Germany during Yom Kippur, at the attacks on Holocaust Memorial in White Plains, New York, at the desecration of the Israeli flag at a synagogue in Falmouth, Massachusetts and at other anti-Semitic acts at memorials, schools and synagogues world-wide,” wrote Temple Beth Am Rabbi Sharon Sobel.
“Our fears and anxiety were heightened when two McAuliffe students right here in Framingham started a social media site entitled “Kill the Jews” and then invited Jewish students to join by texting vile and anti-Semitic messages and tropes them. Horrifying,” wrote Rabbi Sobel to her congregation. “As a Jewish community, we have grown weary, tense and anxious as these events seem to be increasing. The doors of our synagogues are locked, security is tight. We remain vigilant. Yet, we do not give in to fear, we do not give in to hatred. We stand tall in pride for who we are as a Jewish people, for our heritage, and our religion. We continue to hope for a better tomorrow.”
“We have been actively partnering with the leadership of McAuliffe School, the Framingham civic leadership and School Committee and the Framingham Interfaith Community to devise a long-term solution for education to help eradicate all forms of hatred, racism, anti-Semitism and violence against ‘the other,'” said the Rabbi.
“We need to come together as a united community to show the rest of the world that we will not give in. That “we are here. We are staying.” And we will be here to support those who experience acts of racism and prejudice as well,” said Rabbi Sobel.
All ages, and all religions, are invited to attend the service which starts at 7:15 p.m. on Friday, October 18 at the Temple at 300 Pleasant Street.
“As communities of faith, we will deliver a strong message: we stand up for justice, peace, friendship and hope. We reject racism, antisemitism, prejudice, violence and evil,” wrote the Rabbi.
“Let us raise our voices together in prayer and poetry, song and spirit, community and compassion, voices of hope and courage. We will lead by example, standing tall and proud, pledging to work together to be the change we want to see in our world,” wrote the Rabbi. “Invite your friends to join us. As together, we pray for the day when our broken world will be whole and at peace. “