— Across the country they are calling it a movement. A movement calling for an end to antisemitism and an end to all racial hatred. In the wake of the shooting at The Tree of Life Jewish Synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA where 11 people were killed.
Joplin’s United Hebrew Congregation opened their doors to the public last Friday, “Everyone of all faith is welcome to join us at 7:00 before our regular Friday night service, which begins at 7:30,” Jim Fleischaker, President of the congregation told us last week.
“I felt very welcome tonight,” visitor Shaun told us outside after the service Friday. He is of another faith. “It was a large crowd. Someone told me the balcony had not been used in years.”
Over the weekend it became known as the ‘Solidarity Shabbat’, or #showupforshabbat.
Dr. Paul Teverow of the Joplin United Hebrew Congregation led most of the service.
“Before we read the Kaddish, let us keep in mind those who were slain [ at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA, October 27. ] Joyce Fienberg, Richard Gottfried, Rose Mallinger, Jerry Rabinowitz, Cecil Rosenthal, David Rosenthal, Bernie Simon, Sylan Simon, Daniel Stein, Melvin Wax, Irving Younger, all died simply because they were Jews.
I also would ask that we remember Maurice Stallard and Vicki Lee Jones of Louisville KY who just a few days earlier were killed simply because they were black [ by a random shooter at a Kroger grocery store. ]”
[ Then the congregational reading of the Kaddish]