In response to the shooting at the Tree of Life/Or L’Simcha synagogue in Pittsburgh – the deadliest act of anti-Semitism in American history, southern Maine’s Jewish community gathered on Tuesday evening, October 30th for a community vigil attended by over 1,500 people of all faiths and backgrounds, who came together to express their collective grief, to condemn hate and violence, and to affirm the vibrancy and strength of Jewish life.
During the vigil and in the days that followed, hundreds of community members composed messages of solidarity and support on “leaf” templates, which have been sent to the Tree of Life congregation. Together, these messages comprise a new “Tree of Life,” and our collective hope for strength, healing and renewal for all those affected by this tragedy.
We remember Joyce Feinberg, Richard Gottfried, Rose Mallinger, Jerry Rabinowitz, Cecil Rosenthal, David Rosenthal, Bernice Simon, Sylvan Simon, Daniel Stein, Melvin Wax, and Irving Younger. May their memories be a blessing.