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Multi-faith religious group to discuss Squirrel Hill synagogue mass shooting

November 20, 2018

The Monroeville Library will host an event Monday with a panel of faith leaders to discuss a mass shooting that happened at a Squirrel Hill synagogue that left 11 people dead and six injured.

The Monroeville Interfaith Ministerium was originally scheduled to discuss environmental stewardship, but the group changed the topic after a gunman opened fire on Tree of Life Congregation on Saturday, in what has been called the deadliest attack on a Jewish synagogue in U.S. history.

The event will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Monroeville Library in its Gallery Space. The library is located at 4000 Gateway Campus Blvd.

“As important as the environment is ... this tragedy has taken front and center and we want to address that,” said the Rev. David Morse, president of MIM.

Morse, who will be leading the discussion Monday evening, said leaders from the Sikh, Roman Catholic, Protestant, Muslim, Hindu Jain and Jewish communities will represent the panel.

Each representative will have up to seven minutes to discuss their specific beliefs on “Bigotry, Hatred and Violence: A Religious Response from the Faith Communities of Monroeville.”

Morse said the audience will then have a chance to ask questions.

“This is just another forum to express that grief and to stand in solidarity to stand with our Jewish brothers and sisters,” Morse said.

MIM sponsored a “Peace, Unity, Prayer” vigil at Temple David in Monroeville in response to the massacre. Around 250 people showed up to the service that lasted just over an hour on Sunday.

Monday’s event at the Monroeville Library is one of several in a series meant to give residents a deeper understanding of different religious beliefs present in the community. The next event is scheduled for Dec. 5.

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