Pittsburgh Rabbi Receives Hate Mail for Saying President Trump Would Be Welcome

St. Louis area leaders of faith vow to stand against hate following mass shooting at synagogue

Rabbi Jeffrey Myers of the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, where 11 people were killed and several injured on Saturday, says he received hate mail for welcoming President Donald Trump to the synagogue.

Among them were two brothers, 59-year-old Cecil and 54-year-old David Rosenthal, as well as 66-year-old Dr. "Screw your optics, I'm going in".

The organization did not elaborate on the specifics of the phone calls, the organization told reporters that the call's tenor was "anti-Jewish" and "pro-Trump".

Peduto said Trump should wait until all the funerals were held, adding that the visit and additional security measures entailed would distract attention from the "priority" of burying the dead. A large light blue sign carried at the front of the protest told Trump to "stop targeting and endangering all minorities".

On Monday, Vice President Mike Pence attended a campaign rally in MI at which a so-called "Christian rabbi" was invited to speak on behalf of the area's Jewish community. His mother-in-law often attended services there and knew many of those who were killed.

"People say that he's evil, he's this. he's some mother's son", Cohen said.

Trump and first lady Melania Trump landed in Pittsburgh after the day's services and lit candles at Tree of Life for the victims.

"It was not the face of villainy that I thought we'd see", said Jon Pushinsky, a congregant at Dor Hadash, which lost one of its members to the massacre.

Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto, a member of the Democratic Party, said Trump should not come while families are holding funerals.

Earlier Tuesday, families buried three victims of the attack.

A group of Pittsburgh Jewish leaders wrote an open letter to Trump Sunday telling him he bears responsibility for the shooting and saying he was not welcome in the city unless he denounced white nationalism and ended his "assault on immigrants and refugees".

"It's part of his programme to instigate his base", Mr Werber said, and "bigots are coming out of the woodwork".

"This is not just seeing bad images; this is getting a phone call that your aunt was murdered while she was praying in the Shabbat morning service", he said.

The Anti-Defamation League, which has tracked hatred and violence against Jews since the 1970s, said the massacre was the worst attack against the Jewish community in USA history.

Asked Monday if Trump had done enough to condemn white nationalism, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the president "has denounced racism, hatred and bigotry in all forms on a number of occasions".

On Monday, Vice President Mike Pence attended a campaign rally in MI at which a so-called "Christian rabbi" was invited to speak on behalf of the area's Jewish community.

"Anger is a very powerful emotion, but if it's used at the right way to do the right thing, it can bring tremendous results", said Rabbi Mendy Alevsky, Chabad at Case Western Reserve University.

President Trump will visit Pittsburgh on Tuesday to show support for victims of the city's deadly synagogue shooting.

"The only person responsible for carrying out either of these heinous acts were the individuals who carried them out", she said.

"I will not be meeting with the president".

Related:

Comments

Latest news

8 killed in Pittsburgh synagogue attack; gunman captured
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Saturday he was "heartbroken and appalled" by the shooting. In a tweet Saturday, Trump encouraged people to shelter in place and says "looks like multiple fatalities".

Nicki Minaj Wants to Pay $100,000 for Footage of Cardi B Fight
She also shot down Hennessy Carolina's claims that she leaked Cardi's phone number. Rah beat you so bad, I was mad at Rah.

Harry and Meghan rub noses in New Zealand
Members of the New Zealand Defence Force performed a haka, a traditional dance, and a 21-gun salute rang out to mark the occasion. "The basic and fundamental human right of being able to participate in the choices for your future, and for your community".

Cox Plate results: Winx is the victor for the 4th time
She only performs under pressure, that was my only concern that.to see her unleash as she does. Winning the Manikato was a bit of a highlight.

Other news