In the wake of yesterday’s tragic shooting at the Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh, the entire Westport community is invited to a gathering this afternoon. It’s set for 1 p.m., at the Conservative Synagogue (30 Hillspoint Road).
First Selectman Jim Marpe, Police Chief Foti Koskinas and other town officials will attend. This morning, they meet with Jewish leaders of Westport at police headquarters.
The Federation for Jewish Philanthropy of Upper Fairfield County says:
This past Shabbat, a day intended for peace and rest, for family and prayer, has been a tragically sad one.
Some of us heard the news as it happened, others as they left morning services, and others not until sundown, of the horrifying shoots at the Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh. The loss of lives due to a blatant and hateful act of anti-Semitism stands as the most fatal act against the Jewish community in American history.
At times of great sadness, we find strength in standing together — in solidarity with the Tree of Life Congregation and the Jewish community of Pittsburgh, and in comfort to each other.
Today, the Jewish Federation and congregations from throughout Fairfield County will come together at The Conservative Synagogue in Westport for a special community gathering at this very difficult time. While no words can erase the tragic loss of life and our sadness because of it, our Jewish tradition shows us the value in being together to share sorrow and to find hope.
In light of yesterday’s incident, we will of course work to ensure sufficient security for this event. We hope that you join us.