Tulsa Synagogue Holds Service Tonight For 11 Killed In Pittsburgh
TULSA, Oklahoma - A Tulsa synagogue is inviting the public to gather with them tonight to remember those who were killed in the deadliest attack on Jewish people in U.S. history.
Congregation B'Nai Emunah, is located at 1719 South Owasso Avenue and tonight the rabbis hope many will come to remember the 11 who were lost in Saturday's shooting at their sister congregation in Pittsburgh.
They say the 7 p.m. community memorial service, will include different faith leaders who will offer their words of solidarity.
Rabbi Marc Boone Fitzerman also wrote an open letter to the congregation in Pittsburgh and posted it on their Facebook page early Tuesday.
At Tuesday's memorial service, leaders will read the biographies of the 11 people who were killed, as well as blow a ram's horn trumpet, called a shofar, 11 times.
Rabbi Marc Boone Fitzerman sent the following message to members of the Tree of Life Congregation:
A LETTER TO THE MEMBERS OF TREE OF LIFE CONGREGATION | PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA
In this moment of terrible chaos and loss, we send you a word of quiet consolation. Our hearts are broken. We will not forget you. The memory of the dead will live in Oklahoma and in every place where Jews are now mourning together with good souls in every community. We gathered today at our synagogue in Tulsa to take note of the eleven who lost their lives, and to wish each other strength and courage. The murders at Tree of Life were catastrophic and unprecedented, but we are determined to reckon with this horror together.
Please know that our community will gather again this week to express our sorrow in formal ceremony. We will recite the biographies of those who are gone and speak of the costs of violent rhetoric. We will call for justice, decency and restraint. And we will blow our shofar eleven times to send a message of hope and repair. Faith leaders from across our community will be with us, and we believe that such gatherings are a moral necessity. We hope that you can feel the intensity of our resolve halfway across the country in Oklahoma.
That is because we believe, with you, that this is an inflection point in our history. Never before in the story of this country have Jewish worshipers been murdered en masse. We have now entered the flow of our people’s history where American Jewish lives are at risk in new ways. But we believe in our hearts that we can overcome this darkness, and make bold and essential progress against violence.
Once again, we will remember you in our prayers. May the memory of the righteous be for a blessing and may peace and calm descend like gentle rain.
Marc Boone Fitzerman