A week after Pittsburgh shooting, hundreds #ShowUpForShabbat

This article originally appeared in Religion News on November 3, 2018.

By Yonat Shimron

PITTSBURGH (RNS) — At 9:52 a.m., they stood in silence in the cavernous sanctuary of Congregation Beth Shalom in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood here, less than a mile from the Tree of Life synagogue, where at 9:52 last Saturday (Oct. 27), a gunman had begun shooting.

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On first Shabbat after massacre, Pittsburgh’s Jews break challah together

This article originally appeared in The Times of Israel on November 3, 2018.

By Amanda Borschel-Dan

PITTSBURGH — On Friday night, over 300 Pittsburgh residents sat down together under a wide tent for a first Shabbat dinner following the mass synagogue shooting in which 11 of its community were murdered for being Jews.

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I pray that the same outpouring of support for Pittsburgh’s Jewish community be replicated for all marginalized communities

The following piece originally appeared on Public Source on November 1, 2018.

By Zack Block

I am reeling from the horrifying attack on our Jewish community this past Saturday during Shabbat services at Tree of Life synagogue, home of Tree of Light, New Light and Dor Hadash congregations. I was born in Pittsburgh and chose to make Squirrel Hill my home 18 years ago when my transplant-wife said it was “Squirrel Hill or bust.” Much like the majority of Squirrelhillians, after planting our roots here, we jumped head first into our community’s unparalleled Jewish life — both personally and professionally.

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NiSh’ma: Areivut

The following post was originally posted in The Forward and Sh’ma on October 30, 2018 and features Repair’s Senior Program Director Adina Mermelstein Konikoff ruminating on Hillel’s famed quote, “If I am only for myself, what am I?”

By Adina Mermelstein Konikoff

I stood in awe watching Melanie, a life-long Brooklynite woman of color. She was speaking beautifully about why young Jewish adults should volunteer in her community of Crown Heights. Listening to Melanie, I heard so clearly Hillel’s aphorism, “If I am only for myself, what am I?” Why does Melanie, someone with a strong and deep faith that isn’t Judaism, work with young Jewish adults who are trying to figure out the meaning of serving others, and are taking a year to do so? Because, she knows, life is not only about meeting one’s own needs but also about seeing beyond oneself.

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Vigils scheduled to show solidarity with Pittsburgh

This article originally appeared in The Detroit News on October 28, 2018.

Vigils are planned locally to help “process the horrific act of violence” that left 11 dead at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh.

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Jewish Detroit Community Vigil For Pittsburgh

This article originally in The Jewish News appeared on October 28, 2018.

Tomorrow at 6 p.m., Hazon Detroit, The Well, Repair The World: Detroit, Detroit City Moishe House, Detroit Jews for Justice, the Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue, NEXTGen Detroit, the JCRC/AJC Detroit and the Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit will host a vigil for the fallen victims of the shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh.

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Vigils held for Pittsburgh synagogue shooting victims

This article originally appeared on Fox Detroit on October 29, 2018.

By WJFK

People around the world are praying for the victims of the tragic Pittsburgh synagogue shooting and their families.

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Cocktails with a Conscience: Restorative Response

This post originally appeared on NY Blueprint on October 24, 2018.

Join us for an evening exploring programs in Harlem committed to working with youth affected by the criminal justice system. Representatives from the Harlem Youth Court and ARTE (Art & Resistance Through Education) Justice will join us in a panel-style conversation to share more about the work they do to promote restorative responses to justice every day. Following the panel, guests will engage in group discussions — over a cocktail and hors d’oeuvres — facilitated by representatives from Repair the World.

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Finding a balance: Service, advocacy, and the role of religion

The following post originally appeared on Medium as a blog post for the Institute for Islamic, Christian, and Jewish Studies.

By Josh Sherman

In today’s world, I find it increasingly difficult to separate distinct parts of my life and put them in nicely partitioned boxes. At times, aspects of my life bleed into one another in a harmonious symphony and at times they seem to run up against one another and clash ferociously. Oftentimes I debate as to whether this is somewhat of a new phenomenon for the millennial generation or a reflection of the political times that we find ourselves in. I find comfort in believing that this is not a new struggle, and that for hundreds of years humans have searched to find their personal balance.

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A Jewish journey from indifference to inspiration

The following post originally appeared on Medium as a blog piece for the Institute for Islamic, Christian, and Jewish Studies.

By Diana Goldsmith

When I was eighteen, right before I headed off to my freshman year of college, I announced to my parents that once I graduated, I planned to join the Peace Corps. I wanted to travel, to see parts of the world I had never seen before, and above all (my naive teenaged self thought), I wanted to help people.

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