Vigils with the Jewish Community in the East Bay Friday, Nov. 9th.

Rossmoor Community to Take a Stand Against Hate
Friday, Nov 9th at 5:00 pm
Fireside Room, Gateway Plaza, Rossmoor
1001 Golden Rain Rd., Walnut Creek, CA

On Friday afternoon, November 9, from 5:00 to 6:30 in the Fireside Room at Gateway, the Interfaith Council of Rossmoor, in conjunction with the Consortium of eight Jewish Organizations of Rossmoor and with the support of the Golden Rain Foundation, will bring to our community a moment in time for us to unite against hate.  With the memory of the wanton shooting of 11 innocent people attending a Sabbath service at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh still fresh in our minds and hearts, we will come together to pay tribute to their lives and to begin a course of action to combat hate speech and hateful acts that threaten us all.  Speaking to us will be clergy of various faiths, and we will hear inspiring music of hope and resolve.  We will have the opportunity to sign petitions for action that will be delivered to the offices of our congressional representatives so that they may bring our message to the halls of government.

(If you are coming from outside Rossmoor, tell the gate attendant that you are attending the Interfaith Council’s Service Against Hate in the Fireside Room.)


From Avi Rose, Jewish Family and Community Services:


Dear Friends,
We are heartsick, horrified by today’s tragedy in Pittsburgh. We are grieving together with the families of Tree of Life Synagogue, with our colleagues at JFCS Pittsburgh, and so many others.
This is a time to join together in community, supporting each other in our grief, fear, and anger. Tonight in the East Bay, Bend the Arc is organizing a Havdalah Vigil at 8pm at Lake Merritt in Oakland, near the corner of Euclid and Grand. Congregation Beth El is hosting a Havdalah Vigil Against Hate at 9:15pm, 1301 Oxford St. in Berkeley. Everyone is welcome.
According to his own social media posts, the shooter was motivated by his hatred of refugees and the role that Jewish organizations have played in welcoming them. JFCS East Bay takes pride in being one of those organizations, and we will continue to stand up for refugees with vigilance and determination. We will also stand against the poisonous atmosphere created by the continual vilification of refugees and immigrants; this has to stop.
We send you our wishes for healing and determination during this deeply troubled time.
Avi Rose
Exec. Dir., JFCS
Letter to Kehilla Community Synagogue in Piedmont, CA
Dear Kehilla family,
I write with a breaking heart as Shabbat is shattered by hate in Pittsburgh. 
I invite you to join me tonight with our friends at Bend the Arc for a community vigil, Havdallah Against Hate, at Lake Merritt. Tonight, Saturday October 27 from 8pm- 9pm near the intersection of Euclid and Grand.
We’ll continue to come together in love, support and solidarity in the coming days and weeks, and we’ll update you as we learn and plan more. 
To the parents of our 6th graders on retreat, Rabbi Gray will send a separate email shortly. I am with them now and they are having a beautiful Shabbat, untouched by this news. We’re doing our best to insulate them from it until they can be with you. 
To everyone, our community, our clergy and our staff are for you. Please feel free to drop by during services or business hours to get a hug or to sit in the sanctuary. We will find our way through these times together. 
Rabbi Dev