Every Friday night, Jews around the world prepare for the Sabbath; they cook delicious foods, set beautiful tables and gather with family and loved ones to welcome the Sabbath. Candles are lit, prayers are said and the traditional greeting is “Shabbat Shalom,” a wish for a peaceful Sabbath. Last week, when the Jews in Pittsburgh wished each other a Shabbat Shalom, never in their wildest dreams would they have thought they would be attending the funerals this week for their brethren, their parents, their wives, husbands, brothers, sisters, dear friends.
The murder of 11 beautiful souls last Saturday, while they were praying in synagogue, has shaken the world, Jew and non-Jew alike. They were shot in cold blood for one reason - because they were Jews. This despicable act is not only an affront on Jews, it is an attack on each and every one of us who live by the tenet of “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
At Menorah Manor, our home for Jewish Living, we are acutely aware that, as a Jewish campus, we have to do everything possible to protect our vulnerable, elderly residents. As a result, we have established a Security Enhancement Fund, to raise money so that we can make improvements in our campus security. Any amount that can be donated will be appreciated; 100 percent of your gift will go towards making Menorah Manor an even more secure home for our loved ones. Please visit www.menorahmanor.org/donate to make a gift, or call the Foundation office at (727) 302-3888.
As I light the Shabbat candles tonight, with my dear 90 year old Mother who survived the Holocaust (by her parents putting her on a train to take her out of Austria - the Kindertransport - at the age of 10), I will be saying Shabbat Shalom, with much more kavanah, much more “intention,” as I pray for peace, not only for the souls for the 11 victims, and for their families, but for all of us.
Chief Development Officer