A Solidarity Message from the JCC of Metro Detroit

Posted by: Brian Siegel, CEO and Jeffrey Lasday, COO on Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Stronger than Hate

With great sadness and also strong resolve the Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit stands in solidarity with the Jewish Community of Pittsburgh. Our hearts break for the members of Tree of Life and the Squirrel Hill Jewish community.

At a tragic time like this we turn to two traditional Jewish values for comfort: Zachor and L’Chaim.

Zachor means “Remember." Memory and remembering are core Jewish values. We say at this time “May their memory be for a blessing”. May we remember all the good and wondrous things that those who have fallen stood for and taught us. May our memory of them make us better people.

L’Chaim, of course, means “To Life." Today we associate L’Chaim with a toast for long life and have forgotten that once it was part of a fuller phrase. Originally the phrase recited at funerals was “L’Chaim V’lo L’Mavet. For life and not for death.” As a Jewish people we choose to focus on life and on the living. We focus on joy and how to make the world a better place. We acknowledge sorrow and suffering. We remember tragedy, and then we return to the daily world and our task of making the world a better place.

We fight darkness with the light of memory of who we are and what we stand for. We fight evil with a life filled with goodness and building a better world.

The JCC encourages you to share your sorrow, fears and anger at this tragedy by participating in community wide services that will take place this Shabbat in congregations across metropolitan Detroit. The email below from Jewish Federation provides information concerning where to go. These services are open to members and non-members alike. All are welcome. Take this opportunity to remember, to choose life and to be embraced by the Jewish community.

May their memory be for a blessing.

The JCC‘s priority is for the health and safety of our members. Our JCC security procedures are constantly under review in collaboration with local law enforcement and the Jewish community security team.

Brian Siegel, CEO

Jeffrey Lasday, COO


Community-Wide Shabbat Solidarity Services

In Honor of the Victims from the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh

This weekend, November 2nd and 3rd, congregations across Jewish Detroit—and throughout the nation—will host a special Shabbat service in honor of the victims of the Tree of Life massacre in Pittsburgh. Together, we will remember the 11 Jews, killed at a community synagogue one week earlier.

Help us honor their memory and repudiate the poisonous legacy of anti-Semitism by filling our congregations during Shabbat as a proud and unified community.

A list of local congregations can be found here. There is no cost, nor do you need to be a member to attend. Please visit the congregation websites to confirm location and times of Shabbat services.

Please watch out for additional information on this important event.

ALSO: You can view other related vigils and events happening this week in our community here:

Community Vigils and Events in Honor of Victims from the Tree of Life Synagogue
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