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    commented on Contact Us 2018-10-30 13:36:42 -0400
    I just sent the following note to the Tree of Life Synagogue:


    Dear leaders of the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh,


    To honor the memory of those killed in the shooting at your synagogue, I implore you not to meet Donald Trump. Rather, you should publicly announce that you cannot meet him because he bears an important part of the blame for fanning the fires of hatred in the US. He vilifies minorities, regularly attacks Muslims, systematically targets well known Jews, and asks people at his rallies to engage in acts of violence. Many people will see your meeting Donald Trump as Jews condoning his behavior. Donald Trump will also use your meeting to his own political advantage. Your meeting him, therefore, can only lead to more hatred and more deaths.


    With sincerest respects to all in the community,


    Richard Skolnik

    Albuquerque, NM
    commented on Contact Us 2018-10-30 12:21:54 -0400
    Your group disgusts me. How dare you protest the President who supports you. Again, disgusting. And I wholeheartedly agree with 2 below my comments
    commented on Contact Us 2018-10-30 11:50:47 -0400
    Your letter to the President is disgraceful and your group is an embarrassment to the Jewish community

    The only President who helped

    Israel you show disrespect to

    Shame on you

    Clearly you support the Jihad

    And not real Jews

    How dare you suggest you represent Jews

    Never again!
    commented on Contact Us 2018-10-30 11:41:28 -0400
    you people are funded by a Kapo followed by your orgnisation filled with Kapos


    it is odd that you fake JEWS are against the most pro Israel pres and loved the most anti Israel pres


    oh I forgot you don’t like r respect Israel either
    commented on Contact Us 2018-10-30 09:50:32 -0400
    THANK YOU ALL for the “denounce white nationalism” letter sent to the liar-in-chief. KEEP UP YOUR GREAT WORK!
    commented on Contact Us 2018-10-30 09:26:18 -0400
    President Trump has done more to support Isreal and the Jewish State then most other Presidents and far more then the previous two administrations. He is not a advocate of white supremacy, and the division that you refer to is being caused by the “sensationalism” of the media.
    We are a nation of laws set up by our forefathers and


    generations of Congressional amendments which are now being ignored.

    Yes, we are a nation of immigrants, however most all are legal immigrants and it is a slap in the face to those who came here legally, pay taxes , vote and support our laws to open our boarders to anyone who wishes to cross them.

    Your view point is skewed and out of focus! We live by laws and until they are amended by

    Congress they need to be adhered to, to do otherwise is to invite anarchy and revolution!
    commented on Contact Us 2018-10-30 09:09:23 -0400
    You are a very hate filled group. I hope and pray that you find inner peace.
    commented on Contact Us 2018-10-30 07:58:25 -0400
    I support (and have recently signed up as a member of) Bend The Arc and I plan to attend today’s demo. But after hearing Rabbi Meyer’s interview on CNN this am, and his repeated passionate appeal to ALL (including Trump) to cease the hate speech, I am concerned that the demonstration may include folks who will not heed this important message (critically important for today of all days) and instead, will use the same hate speech to bring out rage as we will be there to protest. I hope and request and urge that today’s organizers do their best to encourage, if not ensure, that, as Michele Obama still urges, when they go low, we go high. To act otherwise, as the funerals begin, will defile the sanctity of these observances and devastate the families and friends who are particularly suffering today.
    commented on Contact Us 2018-10-30 00:21:03 -0400
    No way would I welcome the man who continually advocates racism. No way! He is definitely a man who instigates this type of violence and agrees with AK15 assault rifles!
    commented on Contact Us 2018-10-30 00:15:07 -0400
    commented on Contact Us 2018-10-30 00:11:02 -0400
    As an American Jew, I am horrified by the acts of a lone gunman who is obviously sick in his head. I am so sorry for the loss of my fellow brethren by blood. However, I am more horrified by your disrespectful comments to our President who is doing everything possible to heal the country divided by this last administration. I am appalled by your insensitivity to the the heartfelt words President Trump was conveying and not only do you take the low road, but you took our former AG’s advice and “kicked em.” This subhuman who slaughtered the innocents wasn’t even a Trump supporter, so why blame the President? His son in law is Jewish, his daughter converted to Judaism and you dare condemn our President. He surrounds himself with every creed, color, religion and sex, yet your ugly divisive words are incomprehensible. It’s Jewsish Americans such as you that make mainstream Jews like myself feel conflicted. I do know this, God, Country and Family. Not me, me, me! I had a $1,000,00 check made out to your Synagogue, but as a lifelong American Patriot who has had generations serve in protecting all Americans, especially our President, this check is now torn to bits. Our President is NOT racist and anyone with a normal brain and a pair of eyes would know this. Read the constitution and understand this is not a socialist country and that’s what your mindset is like. Shame on you and Shame on anyone who thinks or agrees with you.

    Ssgt R. Erens

    USMC RET

    AND 100% PROUD AMERICAN SUPPORTING OUR COMMANDER AND CHIEF!
    commented on Contact Us 2018-10-30 00:10:57 -0400
    Can not believe you will not welcome our president . Your only a part of the hate . You do not speak for Pittsburgh or any of us who live here . YOU need to get out
    followed Contact Us 2018-10-29 23:09:55 -0400
    commented on Contact Us 2018-10-29 23:09:44 -0400
    how dare you disrespect our president. We are part of large Jewish community in Pittsburgh and across the United States and welcome the President who is a friend of the Jewish people. You do not speak for us!
    commented on Contact Us 2018-10-29 22:56:52 -0400
    There is no American or Jew with a human heart who does not feel the pain of the community, family and friends of those murdered in Pittsburgh. However, to make a point of not welcoming Trump into your community is worse than the hatred shown by Bower Hatred is hatred with or without a reason it is still evil and on the same level as Sdom. Unkindliness is the opposite characteristic of Patriarch Abraham and those who choose hatred and or disrespect are inviting trouble into their lives. “Karma” or evil energy works. There is an old saying “Whatever you do – you do to yourself.” If you show respect and kindness – you are only being kind to yourself. . Shame on you for being rude to guests especially the president.
    commented on Contact Us 2018-10-29 21:23:27 -0400
    I am a Jew who attends synagogue regularly in Rochester, NY and attended a memorial service last night where 3500 people attended including Christians, Muslims and Jews. We mourn the victims of this horrific crime of hate. However, I believe that your approach to Trump is counterproductive and plays into the hands of his base. I strongly urge you to reconsider your position. While we deplore and condemn a lot of his actions, especially his rhetoric, he is the President and his appearance in Pittsburgh is an important sign of support for the Jewish community, not only in Pittsburgh but all over the country.
    commented on Contact Us 2018-10-29 20:58:24 -0400
    Who are you to speak for me to say my President is not welcome in Pittsburgh without prior conditions. Are you some kind of communist hate group ?

    You don’t speak for me or the majority of Americans in this city Pittsburgh. You sound like a George Soros cheerleading group.


    You are part of the problem – Mr Trump is very welcome in Pittsburg and every city in the USA. You far left anti American bigots.
    commented on Contact Us 2018-10-29 19:49:38 -0400
    Trump does not speak of WHITE NATIONALISM. Just Nationalism. I am an AMERICAN AND PROUD OF IT. If you do not love this country, leave. This is not about politics or the 2nd amendment. Just a lunatic who also did not like Trump.
    commented on Contact Us 2018-10-29 19:43:38 -0400
    First I would like to say I am so sorry for the tragic attack on one of your synagogues and congregants. Please know that most of us love all the people of our country and there just aren’t enough words to express our sorrow.


    I read your open letter to President Trump and see that he still plans on visiting Pittsburgh. I would like to suggest a possible response for people who do not wish to welcome him. People, without signs, could line the streets where his motorcade is expected to travel. As his motorcade progresses people simply turn their backs to him as he has so many people in our country.


    Peace be with you,

    Lori Miller
    commented on Contact Us 2018-10-29 19:38:01 -0400
    Your attitude toward The President of these United States is despicable!!!

    Your are a disgrace to our country and you are abusing the freedom we enjoy, shame shame


    From A plain & simple yiddishe mama from boro park brooklyn ny!!

    Proud to be born in this amazing US of A!!!!+++++
    commented on Contact Us 2018-10-29 18:19:17 -0400
    You people have lost your collective minds. You are not progressives. You are [1/progressives]. How can you in anyway, shape, or form cite responsibility for such an atrocity upon President Trump? You are human beings. The one trait that separates our species from the rest of the animal kingdom is the ability to be self-aware. Why do you chose to subordinate your human traits to irrational, emotional hate? Because that is exactly what you are offering in your “not welcome” message to President Trump and FLOTUS. President Trump was 100% correct in stating there was blame on both sides reegarding the Charlottesville, VA incident. The permitted group was engaging in a peaceful demonstration against the removal of historical statutes. It was the Antifa from the far left, and the white supremacists from the far right who were to blame for the violence and the tragic death of a beautiful young woman. Why does your [1/progressive] group choose to embed yourselves in a disposition no different than your ‘terrible twos’. The solution is to heal. You are not part of the solution. I am an Episcopalian. I am a principled libertarian. My values are not congruent with your perspectives of reality. I am attempting to offer you my “mirror”. You can chose to consider or abandon my thoughts. You have every right to choose. Blessings.
    commented on Contact Us 2018-10-29 17:53:14 -0400
    FYI, my letter to Rabbi Jeffrey Myers: Rabbi Myers – I listened to your words from the last few days. You said , in terms of change: “ … it has to start with you as our leaders.”


    You are not listening to your own words.


    With respect to this horrific attack on members of your congregation, it could have been up to you to stand up to the root cause: the hate spewed from the top of our country by a false prophet who knows exactly what he is doing in terms of supporting and inciting those who already hate; a false prophet who knows that censuring the NRA will do him no political good even though four guns butchered eleven of your congregants.


    Yes, he did not hold the guns; he did not send the bomb packages (to many Jews BTW), or kill those two African Americans in Kentucky, or the countless others over our country but he is directly responsible for this rise in hate.


    Yes, American Jewry (I am born Jewish) may finally have their opportunity in this tragic moment to explain the roots of anti-semitism but it is more essential that we speak up for tolerance and safety for all who come here.


    You are aiding the hate. You are aiding the NRA. You should be ashamed.


    You had the opportunity “to start,” to stand up and deny access to a man who wishes to use your surviving congregation for political purposes only, all the while demeaning them and emboldening more haters. You did not take that opportunity as a brave man, a leader would have done. Those lives will be further lost in vain through your inaction.


    My great sympathies to your congregation. My great hope is that re-consider your welcome to this man who is by no means representative of, nor honoring the office of the Presidency.


    Sara Jane Boyers
    commented on Contact Us 2018-10-29 17:26:15 -0400
    I have started a Facebook event for a protest of Trump’s visit to Pittsburgh. It has gained significant attention already.

    I was told that Bend the Arc is planning a protest/march as well so I wanted to share it with you so that we can coordinate our organizing efforts.


    Here is the link to my event:

    https://www.facebook.com/events/2231906467056485/permalink/2231916200388845/?notif_t=event_mall_comment¬if_id=1540846599952091
    commented on Contact Us 2018-10-29 17:23:42 -0400
    I just wanted to express my love and support for the Jewish community in Pittsburgh. I also want to thank you for the work Bend the Arc is doing on behalf of our immigrant and disenfranchised communities. As a Latina immigrant I have faced my share of racism and discrimination and I am so grateful to Bend the Arc for being supportive of immigrants, refugees and dreamers. At a time when we could turn bitter and cold, we must love even more fiercely and your actions as an organization has made me even more aware that we must all continue to do our part. Thank you for continuing to set the example. From the bottom of heart, I want to thank you. I also want to express my condolences to the community for this disgraceful, cowardly, and disturbing act. We stand with you.
    commented on Contact Us 2018-10-29 17:18:42 -0400
    What an unJewish thing to do with your letter. This is NOT the time for politics. SHAME ON YOU!!’
    commented on Contact Us 2018-10-29 17:17:42 -0400
    Shame on you for assuming you speak for me. I am a born and raised Jewish member of Squirrel Hill community. Shame on you for assuming you are speaking for me when you say our President is not welcome. Perhaps you should heed the words of Rabbi Myers.
    commented on Contact Us 2018-10-29 17:14:03 -0400
    if trump is not welcome to mourn the loss of life, then bend the arc members should stay out of Georgia, until you renounce the lefts bias, thank you very much
    commented on Contact Us 2018-10-29 16:53:01 -0400
    Seems to me that all of you need to read the difference of what a nationalist and a white nationalist actually mean. You need to look them up in the dictionary! So here are the difference Nationalism is a political, social, and economic system characterized by the promotion of the interests of a particular nation, especially with the aim of gaining and maintaining sovereignty over the homeland. The political ideology of nationalism holds that a nation should govern itself, free from outside interference and is linked to the concept of self-determination. Nationalism is further oriented towards developing and maintaining a national identity based on shared, social characteristics, such as culture and language, religion and politics, and a belief in a common ancestry. Nationalism, therefore, seeks to preserve a nation’s culture, by way of pride in national achievements, and is closely linked to patriotism, which, in some cases, includes the belief that the nation should control the country’s government and the means of production. Here’s the other one, White nationalism is an ideology that advocates a racial definition of national identity. These individuals identify and are attached to the perceived white nation. It ranges from a preference for one’s ethnic group, to feelings of superiority and forms of white supremacism, including calls for national citizenship to be reserved for white people, as in Rhodesia. Now, I’m not a political person at all, but I feel what your trying to do in that letter is totally off base. Plus how dare you all treat one of your own this way. Yes President Trump is Jewish if you treat him this way they you are treating every Jewish person everywhere. If you don’t read what I written than there is no such thing of a Tree of Life,
    commented on Contact Us 2018-10-29 16:38:33 -0400
    Thank G-d you are here- and for not welcoming Trump after this. Amen for your courage- if not now when.
    commented on Contact Us 2018-10-29 16:24:45 -0400
    More losers for Trump to defeat at the voting booth.