Simotas Statement on the Mass Shooting at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Synagogue

October 28, 2018

My heart goes out to the Pittsburgh Jewish community, to the family and friends of the victims and to Jews throughout the world whose hearts are chilled by grief and fear from this attack and from the bane of anti-Semitism. Freedom of religion must encompass the freedom to be present in a house of worship without fear of violence and killings.  Yet for all the hatred and violence in America, there is a greater opposing force of good and of love, and I pray that love wins out.