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Archbishop ‘shows up for Shabbat’

To express solidarity with Jewish people after shooting at Pittsburgh synagogue

Archbishop Thomas Wenski and his priest-secretary, Father Richard Vigoa, listen to cantorial soloist Jodi Rozental play the guitar and sing during the Shabbat service at Temple Judea.

Photographer: MARLENE QUARONI | FC

Archbishop Thomas Wenski and his priest-secretary, Father Richard Vigoa, listen to cantorial soloist Jodi Rozental play the guitar and sing during the Shabbat service at Temple Judea.

MIAMI | In solidarity with the Jewish people, Archbishop Thomas Wenski took part in the nationwide #ShowUpForShabbat campaign Nov. 2, the week after a gunman killed 11 worshipers at a Pittsburgh synagogue.

The archbishop, along with Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez, Fla. Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera, and dozens of people of various faiths, attended Friday night services at Temple Judea in Coral Gables.

AJC – the American Jewish Committee – launched the #ShowUpForShabbat initiative after the horrific attack at Tree of Life Simcha Congregation, which left 11 Jewish worshipers dead and another six people wounded Oct. 27.

“We must speak out and stand up against those who target Jews. Coming to synagogue this Shabbat will send a clear, strong message that Jews are not afraid at all,” said Brian Siegal, AJC regional director for Miami and Broward. “And we also know today that Jews are not alone. In our country, in our city, elected officials as well as other faith and ethnic communities recognize that an attack on any faith is clearly an attack on all faiths.”

Cantorial soloist Jodi Rozental and Rabbi Jonathan Fisch, holding prayer books, lead the congregation in prayer as Father Richard Vigoa, archbishop's priest secretary, and Archbishop Thomas Wenski look on in the background.

Photographer: MARLENE QUARONI | FC

Cantorial soloist Jodi Rozental and Rabbi Jonathan Fisch, holding prayer books, lead the congregation in prayer as Father Richard Vigoa, archbishop's priest secretary, and Archbishop Thomas Wenski look on in the background.





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