NEW YORK, BOSTON – This Saturday marks the climax of a national campaign that urges Americans – Jews and non-Jews alike – to fill the pews over the weekend in order to demonstrate their resilience to anti-Semitism and terrorism.
The #ShowUpForShabbat campaign was initiated by the American Jewish Committee in the wake of the Pittsburgh shooting attack that took place the previous Saturday morning, when a Nazi sympathizer killed eleven worshippers at a Pittsburgh synagogue, spraying them with bullets.
The campaign aimed to fill up synagogues for Friday night and Saturday morning services.
One of the members of the Islamic center, Nada Haq-Siddiqi, held a sign that said “Faith Unites US/Love revives US.” Haq-Siddique said: “I grew up around Jewish people. Even though we may squabble about different things, we are all human and want the same thing.” She added that “very often you see that when hatred rises, the Jewish community is targeted first. It is terrifying, we have to stand together.”
Congregation Beit Simchat Torah, an LGBTQ synagogue that has long been active in championing diversity in Judaism and fighting against social injustices, was one of many synagogues across the U.S. that opened its doors for the #ShowUpForShabbat campaign.