Alamedans Decry Temple Shooting
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.