Solidarity Shabbat at Shir Shalom Offers Interfaith Unity
On overflow crowd of Temple Shir Shalom congregants and supporters from many faiths attended the Solidarity Shabbat at the West Bloomfield synagogue on Friday evening in memory of the 11 killed during the Tree of Life shooting Oct. 27.
Solidarity Shabbat was a national effort, with synagogues in Detroit fully participating. Most had added security, including from municipal police departments.
Along with Shir Shalom rabbis, Michael Moskowitz and Daniel Schwartz, other clergy at the temple’s service included Archbishop of Detroit Allen Vigneron; Monsignor Robert McClory pastor of Royal Oak-based Shrine of the Little Flower; Imam Sayed Hassan Qazwini of the Islamic Center of America and Pastor Bruce Burwell of Light of the World Christian Ministries.
“An attack on any synagogue is an attack on Jews and Judaism itself,” Moskowitz said. “We will not allow fear to lessen our resolve to celebrate our lives and we therefore must stand together in a similar community-wide manner. During our darkest moments, there are still rays of hope. Messages of support, sadness and anger from the Christians and Muslims who stand with us against hatred and bigotry, offering prayers and actions let us know we are not alone.”
Qazwini told those at the service that the Koran states: “Killing one person is the equivalent of killing all mankind.”
“I offer my condolences to the entire Jewish community,” he said. “I came here today to say my Muslim community stands with you”
Vigneron called for rooting out and elimination of anti-Semitism and hatred. “All of us, here, stand in solidarity against the unspeakable horror occurred at the synagogue last week,” he said. “This act reminds us the evil of anti-Semitism is alive… We feel your loss and stand with you from hatred and defend against violence and aggression.”
Photos by Brett Mountain