Though I, like many of you, still feel shaken by the massacre in Pittsburgh this past Shabbat, I am also heartened by how steadfast our community and our allies have been. I recently learned a teaching attributed to Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel: “As great as the evil is in the world, that is how good we are called to be.” And I continue to be inspired by the instruction of my mentor, Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum: “Joy is an act of spiritual and political resistance.”
There is much work to be done, but there must be time to connect with community and with joy. I want to encourage you all, as I did Sunday evening, to take some time this week and actively, positively engage in your Jewish identity, whether through coming to services, or attending any of our upcoming social or educational events. Over the next month, several communities of other faiths will be taking shifts visiting our services to be in solidarity with us. As they will be showing up to share their message of inclusion with us, please consider showing up to services to thank and welcome them!