Richmond synagogue to hold service supporting Pittsburgh Jews

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Temple Beth Hillel, West Contra Costa County’s only synagogue, is inviting the community to a solidarity shabbat Friday night in support of the Jewish community in Pittsburgh, where 11 worshippers at a local synagogue were killed in a mass shooting on Saturday.

The event will include a community potluck dinner at 6:30 p.m. followed by services at 7:30 p.m. at Temple Beth Hillel, 801 Park Central in Richmond. Potluck participants are asked to bring a vegetarian dish for six. During the service, a special memorial will be set up for the victims of the attack at the Tree of Life Synagogue.

“Congregations across the country, of every denomination, are coming together in Jewish unity and in support of the Tree of Life Synagogue and the Pittsburgh Jewish community,” said Rabbi Dean Kertesz.

The Jewish community nationwide has been in mourning following the mass killing allegedly carried out by 46-year-old Robert Bowers, who faces multiple murder and hate crime charges.

“At times like this it is natural to feel afraid and alone,” Rabbi Dean wrote to his congregation. “That is why we need each other; why we need community. Let’s come together to support each other, to stand for the Jewish people, and to show that we will not be intimidated by hate.”

The whole community is invited to attend Friday’s special services.

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