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September 16, 2019

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September 16, 2019

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December 27, 2018
Dear sisters and brothers,
Our hearts go out to you for the horrible occurrence at your Temple.
We pray for your strength to help you get through this.
We share your pain,
December 27, 2018
We mourn the loss of your congregants. As an occasional member of a Saturday morning minyan I know the diehard members keep it together, so that when I feel the urge I can attend. These are the stalwart synagogue members, who make sure that people are welcome to pray as needed. I know they will be sorely missed.
December 27, 2018
Shalom,
May God grant peace and healing of all of those who suffered in the wake of the senseless violence. May it be that even this catastrophe will produce greater love, peace and understanding.
December 27, 2018
Hello.
My name is Andrew Germain and I am a music teacher for the Stephen S. Wise Temple and School.
I was asked by Rabbi Shlomo Bistritsky of Chabad of North Ranch, CA to play guitar for a few songs at our memorial T'fila Service for all of you who are suffering in a way that only you can understand. I played from my heart with a young Rabbi who had the most beautiful voice. We sang Hine Ma Tovu Manayim, Ma Tovu and Oseh Shalom. While I was very honored to be asked by this Rabbi, whom I greatly respect - to play guitar in a Shul that never has instruments used for its services, I was truly in awe of the power that music had in that moment.
The Rabbi Shlomo's words of wisdom and pain, and anger externalized what we all were feeling, as well as put an extremely bright spotlight on three big ideas that did not occur to me.
1) (The murder's name I will not type or pronounce... and may his name be erased from history). He said something to the effect of, "All Jews should die". He did not say just Chasidis Jews, or just Reformed Jews, or just reconstructionist Jews - he said all Jews. No matter what our path as Jews is and how we choose to observe, we are one.
2) When something awful happens to us, our response as Jews is that we pray. This is what we do. In fact, our response to anything is to pray.
3) ...And that we should all, now more than ever, make a firm commitment to perform a mitzvah in honor of those who you lost. May their names always serve as a blessing. When even one Jew dies, we all feel it, because we are one.
The mitzvah I will be performing in your honor - is that I will be offering music classes and other musical experiences for the San Fernando Valley Community Mental Health Center, Inc. which is the largest non-profit mental health services provider in the San Fernando Valley. We are comprised of over 35 programs at 24 different clinic locations. We treat over 15,000 children, families, adults and seniors annually. I will be focused on serving and supporting 'children of trauma', as I am a child of trauma and so is my 8-year-old daughter. May this mitzvah serve as a blessing of healing and reconnection and strength for all of you.
I wrapped T'filin the morning before the Memorial Service and made a strong commitment after the service to be a proud Jew, wear a Kippah as much as possible, and raise my daughter to be a proud Jew.
As a side note, while playing guitar in support of the young Rabbi's soul wrenching singing, that was the time that I heard sobbing during the service. I think this may have been because music makes us all feel - especially something that we cannot possibly intellectualize.
May you all have the healing and support that you need in exactly the way and time that you need it.
We are all connected.
Please know we are and always will be ONE - and we support you, our Brothers and Sisters. I wish I lived closer so that I can play guitar and sing with each and every one of you in your homes.
Most Sincerely,
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