Message from Rabbi Sarah Niebuhr Rubin

All of us at the Havurah are deeply grateful for the outpouring of support from our friends and neighbors of the wider Vashon community. Upwards of 70 people showed up to participate in our memorial service and to sing with us, to share their thoughts, prayers and personal stories. 

Half a century ago, Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel wrote, “Let us yield no inch to bigotry, let us make no compromise with callousness.” We believe that if ever there were a moment to commit to making no compromises with bigotry, fanaticism, racism and the demonizing of immigrants, that moment must be now. 

Watch this space for more about our Oct 28th vigil to honor the victims of the Tree of Life Synagogue massacre.  ~Bart Arenson

Message from Rabbi Sarah Niebuhr Rubin

Friends and Members of Havurat Ee Shalom,

I am heartbroken by the news from Pittsburgh, and have been thinking about what it means here on this side of the country. 
We are Jews — and the Jewish community is small. Intimate. The Havurah is a microcosm of that. I don’t know if others in the community have direct connections to Tree of Life in Pittsburgh. I am but two degrees from one of the victims. 
But it hardly matters how direct our connection. We are all part of one community. We join together when other people are attacked out of hatred. And we strive to make the world a better place. 
We mourn with the mourners of Pittsburgh. All Israel is bound up together as one community, responsible for each other. And we rise up with our neighbors who stand with us at this time, no matter their faith, because we know that we are all responsible for making the world a better place. 
I am heartened by those who stand in vigil, and who act and speak with the mourners to say “Never again.”

~”For with You is the source of life; in Your light we find light.  Extend Your compassion to those who know You, and your justice to those of upright heart.” (Psalm 36)

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