We gathered as a community on 11/3/18 a week after the carnage in Pittsburgh – Jews, Christians, Muslims – people of faith and people of no faith – to remind ourselves that across the millennia, in different places and cultures “do unto others” arose as a central ethic of communal responsibility and remains to this day the path that brings shalom – peace and wholeness.
A local newspaper report of our gathering may be viewed here.
One of our guests wrote a poem that he wrote for the occasion and recited to those gathered. It invites reflection and resolve. We thank Harvey Trieff for his words.
Being a Jew by Harvey Trieff
In cattle cars we went to the camps,
On our arms we all had stamps.
Our names were changed to a purple tattoo,
Mine ended in “1”,
Yours ended in “2”.
Could this feeling of horror
Once more be repeated?
Have my tears of sorrow
Not yet been depleted?
Into a Pittsburgh synagogue,
On the eve of a peaceful Shabbat.
Walked a crazy deranged demagogue,
And 11 innocent Jews were shot.
They came to pray in that sacred place,
And spoke to God from a pew.
Now they speak to God face to face,
Guilty of nothing but being a Jew.
Is it too late to end this hate?
Is there nothing that we can do?
We need to reflect,
to practice respect.
That’s the meaning of being a Jew.
Harvey Trieff resides in Fall River with his wife Judy. They have 2 daughters and 3 grandchildren. Harvey is a member of Temple Beth El in Fall River and served as a member of its Board of Directors.
He is currently the owner and operator of “At Your Service”, a Limousine and Courier company. He is active in Rotary International, having served as past President and currently serving as Secretary of the Rotary Club of Fall River.
Previously Harvey was a co-owner of Center Garment Company. An apparel manufacturing factory
He enjoys spending time with family, playing golf and writing poetry.