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Devastating News in Pittsburgh

Friends,

I am currently in London with family where Shabbat ended and I heard the horrendous news of the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh.  It is so terrifying and hard to respond.  It is utterly heartbreaking and our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their loved ones and the whole Jewish community of Pittsburgh.  These are frightening times in the world. Here, in the British Jewish community, there is very serious concern about antisemitism from the left and the right and we know that there is so much hate and fear in the world.
Obviously a brutal tragedy like this impacts us all and evokes sadness, anger and fear.  We need to be vigilant and cautious and take security seriously and we also need stick together, support each other and hold on to the values that are most precious to us.  We cannot let these hateful acts define us, even while they break our hearts.  In these challenging times, we have to sustain the vision of a nation and a world where our freedoms of expression and practice, whoever we are, are cherished and protected.
I am thinking of you all from afar and sending blessings and love.
Shabbat Shalom/Shavua tov
Rabbi Marc
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About Rabbi Marc Soloway

Marc is a native of London, England where he was an actor and practitioner of complimentary medicine before training as a rabbi in London, Jerusalem and Los Angeles. He was ordained at the Ziegler School of Rabbinical Studies at the American Jewish University in 2004 and has been the the spiritual leader at Bonai Shalom in Boulder ever since. Marc was a close student of Rabbi Zalman Schechter Shalomi and received an additional smicha (rabbinic ordination) from him in 2014, just two months before he died. He has been the host and narrator of two documentary films shown on PBS; A Fire in the Forest: In Search of the Baal Shem Tov and Treasure under the Bridge: Pilgrimage to the Hasidic Masters of Ukraine. Marc is a graduate of the Institute of Jewish Spirituality, a fellow of Rabbis Without Borders, has traveled to Ghana in a rabbinic delegation with American Jewish World Service and co-chair of the Rabbinical Council and national board member of Hazon, which strives to create more sustainable Jewish communities. In 2015, Marc was among a group of 12 faith leaders honored at The White House as “Champions of Change” for work on the climate. Marc is a proud member of Beit Izim, Boulder’s Jewish goat milking co-op.

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