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A memorial in front of the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh honors the 11 people killed in a shooting on October 27th. (The White House | Flickr)
'Holy Place Defiled': Mourning the Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting Victims
November 02, 2018
The Jewish community at large and its allies mourn the 11 people killed in the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in U.S. history.
A vigil held in DuPont Circle in Washington DC was one of many across the country to memorialize the victims of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting. (ESMiller59 | Flickr)
Interfaith vigils across the nation mourn Pittsburgh synagogue victims November 02, 2018
The Jewish community across the country continues to reel from the violence in Pittsburgh, and leaders of religious institutions and organizations are responding in different ways to meets their congregants’ and members’ needs. People from other faiths and those unaffiliated with a tradition are also showing their support for their Jewish neighbors by joining them at vigils nationwide to grieve collectively. WAMU reporter and editor Carmel Delshad describes one interfaith gathering in DuPont Circle in Washington DC.

Carmel Delshad, editor and reporter at WAMU
President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump pay their respects at a memorial in front of the Tree of Life Synagogue, accompanied by Rabbi Jeffrey Myers. (The White House | Flickr)
Leaders of Jewish advocacy groups discuss accountability, what politicizes a tragedy November 02, 2018
The deadly shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue a week before the midterm elections has led to a debate on which types of responses are appropriate and which politicize a tragedy. And it’s also sparked a serious question that’s exposing divides within the Jewish community: if a climate of anti-Semitism is growing, who’s contributing to it? To what extent can an elected leader’s words contribute to violence? And what, if any, responsibility do they hold? We spoke with three representatives of Jewish organizations about the issue in separate interviews to get a variety of views.

Rabbi Rachel Grant Meyer, director for education and community engagement at HIAS
Rabbi Avi Shafron, director of public affairs for Agudath Israel of America, a national Orthodox advocacy organization
Rabbi Jason Kimelman-Block,  the Washington director of the progressive Bend the Arc Jewish Action group
A chapter of the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom gathered at a vigil in Queens, N.Y., to honor the victims of the recent deadly shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue. (Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom | Facebook)
Building a sisterhood to combat hate against Jews, Muslims November 02, 2018
In the aftermath of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, we learn about one longstanding effort between Jewish and Muslim women to stand together in solidarity against prejudice. The Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom is a national network that seeks to connect Muslim and Jewish women in an effort to end anti-Muslim and anti-Jewish sentiments.

Sheryl Olitzky, executive director of the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom
Atiya Aftab, board chair of the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom