Khan at­tends spe­cial Shab­bat for Pitts­burgh

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY DANIEL SUGARMAN

LON­DON MAYOR Sadiq Khan was among those who at­tended syn­a­gogue on Satur­day as part of the “Show up for Shab­bat” ini­tia­tive af­ter the Pitts­burgh shoot­ing.

A week af­ter 11 peo­ple were mur­dered at their shul, Rabbi Neil Janes im­plored peo­ple at West Lon­don syn­a­gogue to “fo­cus on am­pli­fy­ing small and yet sim­ple acts so that the voices of hope are louder than those of hate”.

The Show up for Shab­bat ini­tia­tive was spear­headed by the Amer­i­can Jewish Com­mit­tee, in re­sponse to the mur­der of 11 Jews who were shot in the Tree of Life syn­a­gogue in Pitts­burgh dur­ing Shab­bat morn­ing ser­vices on Oc­to­ber 27.

It was pro­moted across so­cial me­dia through the hash­tag #ShowUpForShab­bat, as well as by Jewish or­gan­i­sa­tions and de­nom­i­na­tions across the re­li­gious spec­trum, with thou­sands of Jews and non-Jews at­tend­ing Shab­bat ser­vices to­gether last week­end.

No Cabi­net or Shadow Cabi­net min­is­ters are be­lieved to have at­tended.

Rabbi Neil Janes said in his ser­mon: “I can­not tell you how truly sus­tain­ing and sig­nif­i­cant the small act of sit­ting in pews with us all across the world has be­come.”

The mayor called the ser­vice “deeply mov­ing”, adding: “Lon­don stands shoul­der-to-shoul­der with the Jewish com­mu­nity here and around the world.

“Last week Jews were gunned down in pews like these, to­day in de­fi­ance we sit to­gether with the hu­man fam­ily to strive to in­crease the good­ness in the world, to bring light to dark­ness, to show that we will not be cowed by vi­o­lence in our ob­ser­vance of our faith or en­gage­ment with the world.”

He added: “When the world stands on a precipice with the resur­gence of pop­ulism, fascis­tic and far-left ide­ol­ogy and con­spir­acy the­o­ries — small acts of kind­ness will not be enough. Friends, we need to be more or­gan­ised than that if we are go­ing to de­feat ter­ror and hate.” The Mayor (cen­tre) with Rab­bis He­len Free­man and David Mitchell

Small acts of kind­ness not enough to de­feat ter­ror

PHOTO: WEST LON­DON SYN­A­GOGUE/TWIT­TER

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