Fighting hate, from Tree of Life synagogue to Mother Emanuel Church

By Brandon Fish

On January 21st, our community was joined by survivors of the Tree of Life shooting in Pittsburgh. Rabbi Jonathan Perlman and 15 others from New Light Congregation came to Charleston to make a connection with another community who suffered a mass shooting in a place of worship at the hands of hatred. The Pittsburgh delegation spent time with the Mother Emanuel AME Church, where they received guidance about the obstacles to come on their journey of healing. They also spent time with our local synagogues.

At the MLK Day Parade in Downtown Charleston, we were so proud to honor Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the most meaningful way we could imagine. The Charleston Jewish Community marched arm locked in arm with survivors from Pittsburgh's Tree of Life Synagogue and Pastor Eric Manning and the congregants of Mother Emanuel AME church. We were so proud of our community and honored to stand in solidarity with our neighbors at Mother Emanuel and our friends from Pittsburgh.  

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