AJC NEW JERSEY is urging people of all faiths to join with Jews in synagogues across the state for Shabbat services on Friday evening, Oct. 25, and Saturday morning, Oct. 26, for the first anniversary of the massacre at the Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh.
“The murderous attacks on Jews, amidst a rise in anti-Semitic incidents across the United States, challenge our sense of Jewish security,” said AJC New Jersey Regional Director Rabbi David C. Levy. “But the widespread empathy, demonstrated in the mass participation in #ShowUpForShabbat last year, and continuing joint efforts to combat hatred of Jews, is inspiring and reassuring. People of good conscience recognize that anti-Semitism of any kind threatens not only Jews, but American society.”
Among the synagogues participating in #ShowUpForShabbat 2019 is Congregation B’nai Jeshurun in Short Hills, where AJC Chief Advocacy Officer Dan Elbaum will be speaking Oct. 25 at 5:30 p.m. Those in attendance will also have the opportunity to advocate for the No Hate Act, legislation aimed to improve the FBI’s ability to more accurately track hate crimes.
AJC New Jersey will also be joining Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-Dist. 5) in sponsoring a community-wide event at Temple Israel in Ridgewood on Saturday evening, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m. Gottheimer is a member of the Bipartisan Task Force for Combatting Anti-Semitism. He will share his perspective on fighting rising anti-Semitism.
Visit ajc.org/showupforshabbat for more information and to learn how to participate in #ShowUpForShabbat to honor the victims and raise a collective voice for a world free of anti-Semitism, hate, and bigotry.