Congregation B’nai B’rith welcomed hundreds of people of all faiths or no faith at all to their place of worship for A Night of Solidarity on Tuesday evening.
Rabbi Stephen Cohen said Joyce Fienberg, one of the 11 people killed at the Tree of Life Congregation in Squirrel Hill, Pennsylvania, had once visited the Santa Barbara congregation. He read a letter from Feinberg’s friends who said they were shocked. They said she would take Rose Mallinger, the 97-year-old killed to worship. They flew to Pennsylvania for their murdered friend’s memorial.
The service also included comments from political leaders including State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson. Jackson talked about experiencing antisemitism. She recalled being called a derogatory term by a trio of girls as she took out the trash when she was just 11-year-old.
A memorial candle lighting included additional candles for Vickie Lee Jones and Maurice E. Stallard who were killed at an African American Church in Kentucky last Wednesday.
Pastor Denise Leichter, who serves as President of the Greater Santa Barbara Clergy Association, read the lyrics to Day By Day from Godspell. She encouraged everyone to “love thee more dearly”