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Standing Together To Condemn Anti-Semitism

November 10, 2018

Editor: I was extremely proud and inspired to see several hundred citizens gather at the Jewish Community Center in Wilkes-Barre to stand with the Jewish Community and condemn this murderous anti-Semitism that took the lives of 11 innocents as they were celebrating new life in their place of worship. I have spoken to my dear friends, Rabbi Larry Kaplan and Rabbi David Kaplan about what we as members of many different religious expressions could do to further exhibit community support. We are asking all leaders of houses of worship to wear a yarmulke on Sunday, Nov. 18 during worship services. Temple Israel is providing the yarmulkes. You may take up to 25 to distribute among your congregation. Beginning Nov. 13, you may pick them up at The First Presbyterian Church of Wilkes-Barre, 97 S. Franklin St., Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Please call ahead, 570-824-2478. Temple Israel and First Presbyterian Church continue a meaningful tradition that goes back 50 years. Annually we visit each other’s synagogue and church and present the sermon. We encourage your religious community to consider this great teaching expression and community gift to our respective houses of worship. Our visits are planned for Nov. 17 and 18. Both services begin at 10 a.m. and all are welcome. We are at a time in our history, to remember the broken and destructive behaviors that culminated in the execution of millions of lives. We are far from such a situation today. Nevertheless, anti-Semitism is an incipient cancer that must be recognized and addressed when it is weak. The time is at hand to be unequivocal and resolute as to where we the people stand on this heinous blight and threat to civilization. The Rev. Dr. Robert Zanicky First Presbyterian Church WILKES-BARRE

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