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Free food festival set for Sunday in memory of Tree of Life victims

December 3, 2018

Bnai Emunoh Chabad will host “Stronger Together -- A Community Day of Healing” Sunday in memory of the Tree of Life Congregation shooting victims.

The free event includes a food festival and concert held from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Beth Shalom Ballroom, 5915 Beacon St. in Squirrel Hill.

“Our community has been devastated by this atrocious hate crime,” said Rabbi Elchonon Friedman, of the Greenfield-based Bnai Emunoh Chabad, in a press release. “We may have been knocked down, but we’re getting back up, and we’re excited to come together in a showing of community-wide unity that will not only aid the healing process, but make us stronger than ever before. We must put an end to hate, and that starts with joining together and doing good, for when the darkness of evil encounters the light of good -- the light of good will always prevail.”

Musicians Avraham Fried, Lipa Schmeltzer and Shulem Lemmer will perform.

Bnai Emunoh Chabad had already planned to have a food festival but decided to change the event after the shooting.

“We had an opportunity to change this whole thing,” Rabbi Yitzi Goldwasser said. “We realized this is only the right thing to do.”

Although the event will be free, donations will be accepted to benefit the Jewish community affected by this tragedy.

Goldwasser said all are welcome.

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