Rev. Dr. Robert Zanicky's Letter to the Editor:
Published November 10, 2018-Citizen's Voice, Wilkes-Barre
I was extremely
proud and inspired to see several hundred citizens gather at the Jewish
Community Center in Wilkes-Barre to stand with the Jewish Community and
condemn this murderous anti-Semitism that took the lives of 11 innocents as
they were celebrating new life in their place of worship. I have spoken to
my dear friends, Rabbi Larry Kaplan and Rabbi David Kaplan about what we as
members of many different religious expressions could do to further exhibit
We are asking all
leaders of houses of worship to wear a yarmulke on Sunday, Nov. 18 during
worship services. Temple Israel is providing the yarmulkes. You may take up
to 25 to distribute among your congregation. Beginning Nov. 13, you may pick
them up at The First Presbyterian Church of Wilkes-Barre, 97 S. Franklin
St., Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Please call
Temple Israel and
First Presbyterian Church continue a meaningful tradition that goes back 50
years. Annually we visit each other’s synagogue and church and present the
sermon. We encourage your religious community to consider this great
teaching expression and community gift to our respective houses of worship.
Our visits are planned for Nov. 17 and 18. Both services begin at 10 a.m.
and all are welcome.
We are at a time in
our history, to remember the broken and destructive behaviors that
culminated in the execution of millions of lives. We are far from such a
situation today. Nevertheless, anti-Semitism is an incipient cancer that
must be recognized and addressed when it is weak. The time is at hand to be
unequivocal and resolute as to where we the people stand on this heinous
blight and threat to civilization.
The Rev. Dr. Robert Zanicky
First Presbyterian Church