To Our South Huntington Community:

 

On behalf of our South Huntington family, I wanted to express our deepest sympathies to the people from the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh.  So often as teachers we find ourselves crafting words to explain the largely inexplicable to students and community members alike. Unfortunately in this case, I am at an absolute loss of words to make sense of the unthinkable evil horror suffered by the people of the Tree of a Life Synagogue specifically, the Jewish community by connection, and humanity in general.  It is impossible to imagine how a civilized world could contain misguided hatred and rage capable of producing such pain. Yet, we found ourselves this weekend drying tears, searching for answers, and left with only hugs to somehow ease the horrible images from Saturday morning.

 

While I would never be so presumptuous as to provide answers for a nation, I can speak for our South Huntington community in rejecting anything and everything that divides people and somehow weakens our common humanity. While the members of our learning family might not always agree on everything, we are indivisible in support of the common worth, dignity, and value of all people. Our community is a bright, beautiful reflection of the mosaic that is America, and no evil deed, no matter how horrific, will ever change that special reality. As we go through the week and offer our thoughts and prayers to those in pain, let’s rededicate ourselves to the values of acceptance and love that distinguish good, loving people from the evil that we saw this weekend. Our South Huntington family sends its deepest thoughts and prayers to the Pittsburgh Tree of Life Synagogue and the nation’s Jewish community, and we stand shoulder to shoulder with all peace loving souls comprising our American fabric.

 

Bless you all and God bless America.

 

Dave Bennardo