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Letter To The Editor: Thank you for the support, Spokane

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Dear Editor,

The Spokane Jewish community, including the congregations of Temple Beth Shalom and Congregation Emanu-El, would like to express its thanks for the incredible outpouring of support and sympathy from the Spokane community in response to the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh.  Flowers and cards appeared at our doors the morning after the shooting and over 1,000 people poured into our synagogue for a community vigil on Tuesday, Oct. 30.  Your incredible presence spoke out loudly against anti-Semitism, as we were surrounded by neighbors, friends and allies, including Christian, Muslim, Buddhist and other faith and civic leaders. The sense of love and solidarity was palpable, powerful and reassuring.  In addition to the community vigil on Tuesday, Oct. 30, there was also wonderful attendance from the community on Friday, Nov. 3 at Shabbat services in response to the national request for all to “Show Up For Shabbat.” You were asked and you did.  Love is indeed greater than hate.

From the bottom of our hearts: Thank you, Spokane.

Rabbi Tamar Malino

Mary May, Temple Beth Shalom Board President

Diana Koorkanian-Sauders, Congregation Emanu-El Board President

 

Tamar Malino

About Tamar Malino

Rabbi Tamar Malino is the rabbi of two Jewish congregations in Spokane: Temple Beth Shalom and Congregation Emanu-el. She was ordained in 2001 by Hebrew Union College, Jewish Institute of Religion. Not only does she have experience as a congregational rabbi, she also has been a popular community lecturer and served as the executive director of Jewish Family Services, and Jewish Life at a community center in the Bay Area. She moved with her two sets of twins to Spokane in 2010 and became the first female congregational rabbi in Spokane. Rabbi Malino has created programs exploring Jewish spirituality, prayer, Jewish culture, history, and Israel. Her central passion is in her role as a teacher in deepening spirituality and strengthening compassion in her community.

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