Despite being rivals on the field, we stand in solidarity with our brothers from Pittsburgh and mourn with their horrific loss yesterday. It truly makes this football game seem small in nature. pic.twitter.com/5xZd8ElgfB
— Cleveland Sports Talk (@CLEsportsTalk) October 28, 2018
Here are the names of the 11 victims of this tragic mass shooting:
-Joyce Fienberg, 75, of Oakland, City of Pittsburgh
-Richard Gottfried, 65, of Ross Township
-Rose Mallinger, 97, of Squirrel Hill, City of Pittsburgh
-Jerry Rabinowitz, 66, of Edgewood Borough
-Cecil Rosenthal, 59, of Squirrel Hill, City of Pittsburgh
-David Rosenthal, 54, (brother of Cecil), of Squirrel Hill
-Bernice Simon, 84, of Wilkinsburg
-Sylvan Simon, 86, (husband of Bernice), of Wilkinsburg
-Daniel Stein, 71, of Squirrel Hill, City of Pittsburgh
-Melvin Wax, 88, of Squirrel Hill, City of Pittsburgh
-Irving Younger, 69, of Mt. Washington, City of Pittsburgh
Writer Max Gold: My sympathies are with families affected by these tragic events. May they find strength and comfort in this time of need. There is no excuse for such a demoralizing act and now more than ever we must unite and stand together with the Jewish community of Pittsburgh in these troubled times.
Writer Menachem Ickovitz: While the raw emotion of the synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh is still within us, it is important to ask what can we do? Typically, when things like this happen everyone posts how sorry they are and after a few days it’s forgotten. These 11 martyrs cannot be forgotten! My name is Menachem and I am a Jew! These were my brothers and sisters who were murdered for no other reason than that they were Jewish. So, what can we do? I will not speak for everyone, but I will tell you what I’m going to try to do. I am going to try to be more inclusive to all Jews, because if the gunman will not differentiate between the different sects of Jews, how can I? Additionally, as this horrific act took place in a synagogue, I will do my best to treat my synagogue with the respect and decorum it deserves. Finally, I will try to increase my devotion to The Almighty through the performance of Mitzvot (good deeds). I would like to end my piece by saying the prayer that one says when leaving the house of a mourner, המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים. Which means, May the Omnipresent comfort you among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.
Writer Charles Kangas: Anti-Semitic acts are disgusting and my condolences to the entire Jewish community. I myself am not Jewish but I stand with you all
Writer Alex Cala: When I heard about the events that transpired at Tree of Life Synagogue on Saturday, I was shocked, saddened and gutted. To think that these 11 victims went to observe Shabbat and were massacred in their place of worship is heart-breaking. As a Jew who comes from an area very similar to Squirrel Hill, this hits very close to home. My thoughts, as well as those of the CST staff, are with the victims, their family and friends, the Jewish communities of both Pittsburgh and Squirrel Hill and the City of Pittsburgh.
Writer Shelley Harcar: I’d like to express my most sincere condolences to your synagogue and the entire Squirrel Hill community for the horrific losses sustained in the violent attack on Saturday, October 28th. I pray that you will find the strength to move forward as a community and as individuals, united in loss. Nothing will replace your friends and loved ones who were senselessly ripped from you. As you cling to each other and grieve, you will build bonds that will help you as you move forward. I do not pretend to have answers or any sort of silver-lining to offer. However, I do know that even in the darkest of times, love drives out the darkness. Above all, I wish you peace.
Founder & CEO Zach Shafron: As a young Jewish American, when I heard of the horrific killings committed at The Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, I was devastated. My grandmother is a Holocaust survivor and my great-grandparents died amongst the six million others in the death camps. When I told my grandma about the murders, she said in horror: “They already killed six million, why do they have to kill any more?” I thought that was a very powerful statement to make and a valid point. The Jewish people have endured so much and to be attacked anywhere, especially in their house of worship, is absolutely terrible. Cleveland Sports Talk is a place welcoming of all people of various races, religions and backgrounds. Thus, we are keeping the Squirrel Hill Community in our prayers. Many people died, others wounded, all attending a baby naming. Anyone, regardless of faith, should feel safe to pray in their house of worship. I am truly sorry to the victims’ families and I will pray for them alongside my fellow staff members and the City of Cleveland.
Photo courtesy of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette.