New Light Congregation is overwhelmed with sorrow for the atrocities committed on October 27, 2018.
We are overcome by the compassion, kindness and support from people throughout the world and of all religious faiths, and especially the Pittsburgh community.
We mourn for the lives taken from us.
We are so grateful for the love the world is sending us.
Our hearts are breaking.
We will not be broken.
May those martyred, Richard Gottfried, Dan Stein and Melvin Wax, of blessed memory, be a new light to the world.
To assist the families of the victims and to assist the congregation, donations may made online or mailed to:
New Light Congregation
5915 Beacon Street
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15217
STATEMENT ON THE NEW ZEALAND ATTACK
Congregations New Light, Dor Hadash and Tree of Life are working to raise money for critical security measures at the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh. “Muslims in Pittsburgh grieved when our Jewish neighbors were attacked last year, and now the Jewish community is standing with us,” Islamic Center of Pittsburgh Board Chair Mizanoor Biswas said in a statement.
The crowdfunding campaign has been dubbed, “Worshipping without fear.” Donations will go toward measures such as equipping the center with additional security cameras, hiring staff to guard worshippers during Friday prayers and training staff and members in how to identify and respond to safety issues, a joint news release said.
“It is one of the ways that we can thank the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh for reaching out to us, helping us and sharing our grief as they immediately did with us last fall,” Stephen Cohen, president of New Light Congregation, said in a statement. “That was a moment of beauty during a horrific time — one that left an indelible impression on me and our congregation and it’s something that we want to help pay forward during their time of need.”
Our temporary place of worship will be at Beth Shalom, Helfant Chapel. Services will be held on Friday at 7:30 PM and Saturday at 9:45 AM. Sunday morning minyan and breakfast is joint with Tree of Life, alternating locations.
New Light Congregation is a Conservative synagogue situated in Squirrel Hill with a 100 year history of serving God as Jews. People call us the "most haimish shul in town."
Our synagogue is a second home. This is where we come to celebrate the cycle of Jewish holidays and festivals as well as the life cycle events of our families and friends; to rejoice with newlyweds and welcome B'nai Mitzvzah into our congregation. It is where we come to recite Mi Sheberach for those in need of healing and Kaddish for departed loved ones.
Our synagogue is about embracing the living covenant of Judaism and the Jewish people. Wherever Jews find themselves around the world, they are connected by a shared covenant with God who has watched over our people from the time of Abraham. That covenant means striving for a holy life, discovering new pathways for spirituality and Torah thinking, and investing in a community with shared values.
At New Light we do our part to join the network of Jewish communities around the world; fostering a commitment to God, Torah, and Israel.
Please come join us on a Friday night or Saturday morning for services and see for yourselves the friendliness that our synagogue has become known for. We hope to see you soon.