Rabbi Jeremy Parnes Beth Jacob Synagogue 4715 McTavish Street Regina, SK S4S 6H2 jparnesaccesscomm [dot] ca
Dear Rabbi Jeremy and members of the Beth Jacob Synagogue,
On behalf of the whole Catholic community, I wish to express my condolences to the Jewish community upon news of the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh on Saturday. We share in your grief for the loss of innocent lives in this senseless attack and we pray for all those who are injured or have been traumatized by this act of hatred.
This act of violence during the Shabbat service is a clear act of anti-Semitism and an attack upon all that is good and holy. We are acutely aware that in our history, Catholics have contributed to the spread of anti-Semitism, and we are committed today to join you in the important work of combatting violence, bigotry, and racism. You are in our prayers, and we want to accompany you in any way that is helpful at this painful time. We want to echo here in Regina what was written in a letter from the Catholic bishops of Canada to the Canadian Rabbinic Council:
“At this difficult time of both mourning and distress, we wish to tighten the hands of friendship with you, to emphasize our solidarity, our prayers, and our closeness to the Jewish people of Canada. May the Lord of peace and love comfort those who have lost their loved ones and extinguish the vehemence, hate and division which are plaguing our world.”
We know that violence will not have the last word. May our words be of peace.
Donald Bolen, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Regina
You are invited to participate in a Vigil for Wholeness in a Broken World, Thurs, Nov 1 at 5pm, in memory of those who lost their lives at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh last Saturday, in support of the Pittsburgh Jewish Community, and for healing in our society. Come together to affirm our unity and take action against hatred.
Thursday, November 1, at 5pm on the plaza at City Hall, Regina. There will be opportunity for prayer, silence, reflection, and action. Donations will be received to support funeral expenses of those who have died and medical expenses of those who were injured.
All are welcome. Organized by Beth Jacob Synagogue and Regina Multifaith Forum. Contact Beth Jacob Synagogue at ph. 306-757-8643 or bethjacobaccesscomm [dot] ca for further information.