Solidarity with Jewish Community following shooting at Synagogue in Pittsburgh
Gerry Rogers, MHA, St. John’s Centre
Monday evening I attended a candlelight vigil in Bannerman Park to honour the victims of the horrific shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh on Saturday that claimed the lives of 11 Jewish people and wounded six while at their place of prayer on the Shabbat.
The MUN Hillel student group led us in the lighting of candles and chanting of prayers. People from all walks of life gathered with members of the Jewish community under the leadership of the MUN Student Hillel group. It was a solemn gathering of solidarity.
Today and every day we must all resist and challenge anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, racism, hate, and violence in all forms. We must ensure our classrooms, our workplaces, and all parts of our society cultivate acceptance and inclusion.
I commend the work being done here in our own community by Anti-Violence Coalitions, the Anti-Racism Coalition, our teachers, our unions, human rights activists, and faith communities who work hard to make our communities inclusive and safe for all. It is what we all must do.
To our Jewish community here in Newfoundland and Labrador – we mourn with you dear friends and pledge our support. Shalom.
I ask all honourable members to stand together in a moment of silence.