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.
Many came to Pittsburgh to join the embrace of the Jewish community.
“I’m here to hold people up and create a space for people to feel in community,” said Sam Sittenfield, a New York City-based program manager for Repair the World, a Jewish organization that cosponsored the event.