The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia strongly condemns hate speech in our community and throughout the world. When anti-Semitic hate speech was expressed by Temple University Professor Marc Lamont Hill, we immediately took action with national and local partners. We have and will continue to condemn comments that reject the state of Israel and the Jewish connection to our homeland.

Dozens of people gathered in Philadelphia Saturday night to honor the victims of the tragedy at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood.

Sacred songs of the Jewish faith served as a guiding light in a solidarity vigil for the Philadelphia Jewish community, reeling from the massacre at the synagogue on Shabbat, the Jewish sabbath.