Members of the Jewish and Christian community congregated in the chapel to sing songs of love, recite prayers, and reflect on Endicott’s reaction to the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting.
The interfaith service that started at 5 p.m. on November 1 at the Interfaith Chapel was led by Anthie Shulman ‘21, Reverend and Chaplain Gail Cantor, and members of both the Jewish and Christian communities.
The ceremony, given the name “Love Not Hate,” was the idea of Shulman, who felt inclined to speak out after last week’s Pittsburgh synagogue shooting.
“Love Not Hate”, an interactive project that allowed community members to post words of encouragement, decorated the walls of Lower Callahan with a rainbow of paper hearts.
“[The synagogue shooting] directly affected a lot of people… it was something that just hit me very hard,” Shulman commented, adding that when she found out about the shooting that she sent multiple emails asking for help in honoring those lost.
Shulman, who has Jewish family members in the Pittsburgh area, felt as if the media had not covered the shooting well. Compelled, she proposed an idea of a service to honor the victims of the shooting.
After a few meetings discussing Shulman’s ideas, the Jewish Community club partnered with the Christian Community club and decided to organize the interfaith memorial service.
A hymn titled “Gathered Here” was sung collectively by all attendees, the lyrics calling for a positive spirit to bless the occasion. Following the hymn and welcoming was a reciting of the Mourner’s Kaddish done by Cantor.
The Mourner’s Kaddish, a traditional Jewish prayer, calls on God to look upon dead loved ones without making any mention of death.
The service was continued with the reciting of bible verses by the Christian community club, as well as more hymns and a meditation led by Cantor.
As the ceremony concluded, the hymn “Sim Shalom,” which is the conclusion to a typical Jewish ceremony, was sung by all attendees.
Endicott College and their interfaith communities will continue to remember the victims of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, as well as looking to choose love instead of hate.