Saturday, June 3, 2023

Jewish leaders and supporters defiantly a week after the hostage-taking

Jewish leaders and supporters defiantly a week after the hostage-taking

On the eve of her 100th birthday on Saturday, Ruth Salton told her daughter she was going to Beth Israel’s Shabbat services anyway on Friday night, just days after a gunman voicing anti-Semitic conspiracy theories held four worshipers hostage for 10 hours in the fort. The standing square of the synagogue.

“I want to support my people,” said Salton, a Holocaust survivor. She said she told her daughter, “If she doesn’t take me, I will go alone because I feel like my place is there. I am Jewish and this is my faith and I support it.”

She is far from alone.

In synagogues across the US, Jewish leaders marked the first Sabbath since the Beth Israel hostage-taking in Colleyville, Texas last weekend with a show of defiance and other acts of anti-Semitism. Many called for a large turnout to demonstrate the unity of the faithful, and rabbis, government officials and others spoke out during Friday and Saturday services against acts of violence, hatred and intimidation directed against Jews.

At the Beth Israel Sabbath service, Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker and three others taken hostage last weekend stood hand in hand in front of the congregation and sang ritual blessings before and after the weekly Torah reading.

And at the Friday night services marking the beginning of the Sabbath, or Shabbat, Cytron-Walker said, “The words of Shabbat Shalom, the opportunity to offer this to each of you, these words have never, never felt so good. Although we have much to think about, with God’s help the worst is behind us… and we can have a Shabbat of Peace.”

Viewers of the Beth Israel Shabbat Facebook Live Service sent cheers from Jerusalem, Florida, North Carolina and elsewhere.

Similar ceremonies were held in other parishes.

“Last week a terrorist tried to steal Shabbat from us. Announcing this this week is an act of resistance,” Rabbi Angela Buchdal of the Central Synagogue in New York City said during Friday night’s service.

During the standoff, the hostage-taker forced Cytron-Walker to call Bukhdal to secure Siddiqui’s release, authorities said. She then reported the call to law enforcement.

Christian and Muslim clergy joined Friday’s service at the Central Synagogue in solidarity, hand in hand and swaying with Buchdal and Mayor Eric Adams as the congregation sang a thanksgiving song.

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