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Multiple faiths came together to celebrate Solidarity Shabbat in Cleveland

Posted: 12:42 PM, Nov 04, 2018
Updated: 2018-11-04 12:42:29-05

From Toronto to Tampa and Corpus Christi to Cleveland, temples across the country are coming together, participating in Solidarity Shabbat. 

Multiple faiths joined together Saturday in Pepper Pike at the B'nai Jeshurun Congregation to pray and to honor those who passed in the Pittsburgh attack last weekend. Some in attendance included an Episcopalian bishop, Pentecostal bishop and African American preachers.

Father Joseph Hilinski is the Interfaith Director for the Diocese of Cleveland and the pastor of St. Barber Church and attended Saturday’s service. 

Folks stood together in solidarity with the Jews of Pittsburgh and the African American community as part of the National Show Up for Shabbat Campaign. 

Starting with an open discussion on the Pittsburgh synagogue attack—and a racially charged shooting at Kentucky grocery store, where two African Americans were targeted by a white man.

“The community [came] together to stand against, stand with, all this kind of hate and violence that seems to be very prevalent in our society today," he said. 

Joining in prayer and song. 

“We sang God Bless America. Everyone joined in with such heartiness," he said. “There is a deep wellspring love and respect for each other.”