See what you can do below.
This week’s terrorist attack on a Jerusalem synagogue struck at the core of Jewish community and identity. now is the time to reaffirm the sanctity of our synagogues and stand shoulder to shoulder with Israelis.
On November 18th, Palestinian terrorists attacked a synagogue in Har Nof, Jerusalem, murdering four Jewish worshippers and a Druze police officer. Seven others were wounded, including Canadian Howard Chaim Rothman, who is currently fighting for his life.
In targeting a synagogue, the terrorists attacked a core institution of Jewish learning, prayer, identity, and community. The united response of Canadian Jews must therefore also be in our synagogues – across all denominations.
The Canadian Rabbinic Caucus is organizing a Shabbat of Solidarity across Canada, and we encourage individuals, families and congregations to join together in demonstrating unity and resolve in the face of terrorism.
Here are some suggested ways that individuals and families can participate in this Shabbat of Solidarity:
- Light an extra candle to honour the memory of those murdered and to dispel the darkness and hatred of terror
- Invite friends and family for a Shabbat meal, and be sure to take some time to discuss this week’s attack in a sensitive and age appropriate manner
- Attend services at a local synagogue and invite friends and family to join you
- Host or attend a special Havdalah/Melaveh Malka in honour of the victims of this week’s attack
Here are some suggested ways that synagogues can participate in this Shabbat of Solidarity:
- Dedicate a sermon, dvar Torah, or special lecture to the victims of this week’s attack, addressing the theme of solidarity and affirming the sanctity of community, the synagogue, and Jerusalem in Jewish life
- Join together in a special Misheberach prayer for those wounded in this week’s terrorist attack (Hebrew names listed below)
- Say a special Kel Maleh Rachamim for those murdered (Hebrew names listed below)
- Recite special Tehilim (Psalms) for the wounded and the people of Jerusalem
- Include a prayer for the welfare of the State of Israel and the Israel Defense Forces
- Dedicate Shabbat kiddush to the memory of those murdered in this week’s terrorist attack
- Consider formally twinning your congregation with a synagogue in Israel as a lasting expression of solidarity
Names of the wounded
Aryeh ben Bracha – אריה בן ברכה
Chaim Yechiel ben Malka – חיים יחיאל בן מלכה
Eitan ben Sara – איתן בן שרה
Shmuel Yerucham ben Baila – שמואל ירוחם בן ביילה
Avrohom Shmuel ben Shayna – אברהם שמואל בן שיינה
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See what our friends in the UK are doing here.