All allies are welcome
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