Ivanka Trump and other prominent Jews send messages of solidarity after Pittsburgh synagogue shooting

Emily Burack

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Ivanka Trump in the White House after Nikki Haley announced her resignation as U.S. ambassador to the U.N., Oct. 9, 2018. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

(JTA) — In the aftermath of the horrific shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue that left 8 dead, prominent Jews on Twitter are speaking out about their identity and sharing messages of solidarity.

Ivanka Trump, who is Jewish, said she stands with the Jewish people and called the gunman, identified as 46-year-old Robert Bowers, a “depraved bigot” and anti-Semite.

The CEO of the Anti Defamation League, Jonathan Greenblatt, shared words of devastation:

Bari Weiss, the New York Times opinion writer, shared that she was bat mitzvahed at the synagogue, and that people were checking in with her.


Actor Josh Gad, known for roles in “Frozen” and “The Book of Mormon,” shared how he also belonged to the synagogue.

Howard Fineman, the editorial director of the AOL Huffington Post Media Group, also shared how the Tree of Life synagogue was at the center of his Jewish upbringing.

Emily Nussbaum, a New Yorker writer, shared how close to home the shooting hit for her, as her family was at services.

The U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman shared a statement:

Jake Tapper, the Jewish CNN anchor, pointed out a misconception about Conservative synagogues.

New York Times writer Dave Itzkoff commented on President Trump’s statement that the synagogue should have had more armed guards during the bris ceremony that was happening at the time of the shooting.

Harry Enten, a former 538 writer who’s now an analyst for CNN, shared a powerful quote from Daniel Pearl, the Jewish journalist murdered in Pakistan in 2002.

Adam Eli, a Jewish community organizer and LGBTQ activist, shared a message of unity told his followers to check in on their Jewish friends.


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