"Show up for Shabbat" stands up to hate with love and acceptance


All day Saturday, thousands of people visited synagogues across the world as part of "Show up for Shabbat," an event to bring people of all faiths together in memory of the 11 killed at a Pittsburgh synagogue last week.

In the Northstate, this movement included Temple Beth Israel in Redding.

"Shabbat" the Hebrew word for Sabbath, typically begins at nightfall on Friday and lasts until nightfall on Saturday.

In Judaism, it's the celebration of the seventh day when God rested after creating the universe.

This week's observance focused on universal love and acceptance.

Student Rabbi of Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles, Brett Weisman typically drives up to Redding once a month to host temple services.

But this weekend he said there's an even greater reason for him to be there.

"I think it is increasingly important to understand what words matter and the words that we choose to speak. Like Ellie Wiesel said 'the opposite of love is not hate it is indifference. And the opposite of life is not death it's indifference.' And indifference is the only stumbling block that we have toward succeeding as Americans and as members of the global community," said Weisman.

Weisman said the Shabbat temple services over the past two days focused on acceptance, love and ending hate.

He says even though this morning's services were small, last night the community showed up in full force with Mayor Kristen Schreder, Redding City Council members and even representatives from Bethel Church offering support for the Jewish temple.

He hopes these efforts will help build a more accepting community for everyone in Shasta County.

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