Hundreds Attend Pasadena Interfaith Service Mourning Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting Victims, Share Solidarity in Face of Tragedy

Terry Tornek the Mayor of Pasadena is a guest for the Memorial Service for the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh.Cantor Ruth Berman Harris takes part of the Memorial service for the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh.Rev. Sandy Olewine, Senior Pastor, First United Methodist Church Pasadena takes part in the memorial service for the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh.Guests listen and pray during the memorial service for the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh.Guests arrive at the Pasadena Jewish Temple and Center for the memorial service for the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh.Father Francisco Garcia, Chaplain at the Gooden School and Co-Chair of the Sanctuary Taskforce.Anthony Portantino, California State Senator, takes part in the memorial service for the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh.In Memoriam Guests listen and pray during the memorial service for the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh.Security is present at the Pasadena Jewish Temple and Center for the memorial service for the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh.

Photography by JAMES CARBONE | With thanks to HOWARD LANDAU

5:00 am | October 29, 2018


The Pasadena Jewish Temple and Center was the host of a powerful interfaith gathering Sunday afternoon to honor the victims of the mass shooting on Saturday at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania which killed 11 and injured six.

Speakers included spiritual leaders from the Christian, Muslim, and Jewish faiths as well as political and community leaders from across the San Gabriel Valley.

More than 350 people stood together in unity to mourn and to share positive messages about the importance of tolerance and brotherly love in the face of unspeakable tragedy.

The program was led by Cantor Ruth Berman Harris from Pasadena Jewish Temple and Center and included comments from Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornek and a number of local faith leaders.

“We were all there because we recognized the humanity in each other, and that it is worth focusing on that rather than finding our differences,” Cantor Ruth said. “There was a sense of unity and solemnity.”

Rev. Sandy Olewine, Senior Pastor of First United Methodist Church Pasadena decried the bloodshed.

“The brutal act of violence rooted in anti-Semitism … leaves us heartbroken and shaken,” Rev. Olewine told the gathering. “But our presence here today says we will not tolerate such things.”

Those who spoke also included Rev. George Van Alstine, Senior Pastor, Altadena Baptist Church; Rev. Mike Kinman, Rector, All-Saints Church Pasadena; Rev. Marlene Pomeroy, Senior Pastor, First Congregational Church Pasadena; Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater, Community Rabbi; Father Francisco Garcia, Chaplain, The Gooden School and Co-Chair of The Sanctuary Taskforce; and Tarek Shawky, a Muslim community leader.