Alamedans Decry Temple Shooting

City of Alameda    Members of “Stand with Pittsburgh against Hate” gathered at City Hall Tuesday, Oct. 30, to mourn the murders of 11 people at the Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh, Pa. The vigil coincided with other similar events around the country. The shooting, which transpired during a peaceful religious service, is being described as one of the deadliest against the Jewish community in U.S. history.

Local rabbi rallied with 5,600 others in Brooklyn event

On Nov. 4, Rabbi Meir Shmotkin, of Chabad of Alameda, joined 5,600 rabbis and communal leaders from all 50 states and more than 100 countries at the International Conference of Chabad-Lubavitch Emissaries in Brooklyn, N.Y. 

The annual event, the largest Jewish gathering in North America, follows on the heels of the Oct. 27 anti-Semitic shooting in Pittsburgh, Pa., that left 11 dead. 

“It’s been a long few days, from counseling community members and dealing with all the feelings and questions that emerge after such an event,” said Shmotkin. 

The Chabad-Lubavitch movement is also marking nearly 10 years since the murders of Rabbi Gabi and Rivky Holtzberg in the 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai. 

At the conference rabbis — each embracing multiple roles and responsibilities — explored relevant issues, and learned from professionals and colleagues with years of experience. Topics ran the gamut of their concerns and included combating antisemitism, as well as counseling and guiding congregations in the aftermath of the Pittsburgh attack.

The rabbis also discussed synagogue security and attended the conference within the conference for rabbis who serve students on college campuses. The conference included a memorial for the victims of the Pittsburgh massacre.