Or Shalom synagogue has for 12 years commemorated the heroes of the Holocaust near the anniversary of its tragic beginning, but this year it’s more crucial than ever after the recent killings at Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, said Rabbi Alvin Wainhaus, leader of that congregation.
“It’s so important to gather and counteract the poison, the venom that was released that day,” said Wainhaus, referring to the Oct. 27 shooting that killed 11 in peaceful worship. “That was not only an attack against Judaism — it was an attack against America. The very idea of this country, which is the idea of equality. The equal preciousness of every human being.’’