Pain From Tree Of Life Shooting Still Fresh In the Minds Of Those Celebrating Hanukkah

The festival of lights is celebrated from Dec. 2-10

Robert Mangino
December 03, 2018 - 5:49 pm
Jewish Menorah

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PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) – Less than two months after the Tree of Life Synagogue shooting, the Jewish community is celebrating Hanukkah, also known as the festival of lights.

Hanukkah which goes from December 2nd to the 10th this year includes placing a lit menorah in the window, but Rabbi Amy Bardack of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh tells the KDKA Radio Afternoon News there is still pain from the Tree of Life shooting.

“Five weeks later some people are still feeling vulnerable and the very public act of putting this Hanukkah symbol in front of your home feels a little bit scary this year,” Rabbi Bardack said,  “We are publicizing our Judaism in front of our homes in a very visible way at a time when being visibly Jewish might still feel frightening.”

But Rabbi Bardack adds that the international support has made the local Jewish community feel more secure this holiday season.

Sunday night hundreds gathered outside the Tree of Life Synagogue for their first ever public menorah lighting this year. 

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