Out Alliance releases statement following shooting at Pittsburgh Tree of Life Synagogue

“Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief. Do justly now, love mercy now, walk humbly now. You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it.”

The Out Alliance sends its deepest sympathies and fiercest strength to our Jewish siblings in Pittsburgh, Rochester, and across our country in the wake of the hateful shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue this past Saturday, October 27. Our hearts and thoughts are with the families and friends who lost loved ones and with all those in the Jewish community – in Rochester and beyond – who found their Shabbat shattered by the horrific news.

We remember the love and compassion our Jewish neighbors showed our community in the wake of the Pulse Nightclub shooting in 2016 and can only hope to express that same love and compassion back.

To find a place of serenity and peace pierced by violence fueled by hatred is unthinkable and brings to mind previous acts of terror seen in Charleston, Oak Creek, Birmingham, Overland Park, and many others.

Many community members and staff attended Sunday evening’s vigil at Temple B’rith Kodesh and found the service a source of great fortitude. We hope peace and comfort are found by all in this difficult time.

The Out Alliance and LGBTQ+ community of Rochester stand in solidarity with our Jewish siblings against hatred, violence, and anti-Semitism. It is our collective responsibility to do the work of ending hate, both in rhetoric and action. Together we are stronger than hate.

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