Synagogue leaders in Northeast Wisconsin are commenting about the deadly mass shooting in Pittsburgh last weekend, where 11 Jewish people were murdered. It’s being called the bloodiest Anti-Semitic attack in US history.
“Very shocked, very sad, and angry,” said Jerry Zabronsky of Moses Montefiore Synagogue in Appleton. “The majority of American Jews, their ancestors came over from Eastern Europe at the end of the 19th century to escape just this sort of violence. And we had hoped cautiously that we had left this behind. So I would say that for American Jews this is especially tragic.”
“Making fun of people, degrading people, demeaning people, always results in some sort of tragedy,” said Jonathan Costa, Cnesses Israel Temple in Green Bay. “And we need to all be kinder to each other.”
Pittsburgh’s Jewish community began burying its dead Tuesday after the massacre, holding funerals for a beloved family doctor, a pillar of the congregation, and two 50-something brothers known as the Rosenthal “boys.”