All al­lies are wel­come

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I was dis­ap­pointed that the Oct. 30 news ar­ti­cle “For Amer­i­can Jews, al­ready split over Trump, di­vide deep­ens af­ter at­tack” men­tioned that “lead­ers of the Jewish com­mu­nity” were telling the pres­i­dent of the United States that he was not wel­come here. First, the mem­bers of the group Bend the Arc: Jewish Ac­tion are not con­sid­ered by the vast ma­jor­ity of Jewish Pitts­burgh to be lead­ers in the com­mu­nity, and the vast ma­jor­ity do not even sup­port them as a group.

As a rabbi in the com­mu­nity, some­one who is in con­stant con­tact with the rec­og­nized lead­ers of Jewish Pitts­burgh, I would like to say that whether we agree with the poli­cies of the pres­i­dent, we very much wel­come a visit to show sol­i­dar­ity and com­pas­sion with us dur­ing our time of grief and stress. For our chil­dren, it sends an im­por­tant mes­sage when our lead­ers talk about the prob­lem of anti-Semitism and show sup­port.

Please be sen­si­tive to our need for com­mu­nity and to­geth­er­ness. This is not a time to di­vide, but to come to­gether. We seek unity with any­one who wants to join our cause in fight­ing an­tiSemitism. Seth Cook, Pitts­burgh

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