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Our Hearts Are Heavy – A Response to the Tragedy at CVPA

Posted on October 25, 2022 by Rabbi Andrea Goldstein

Dear friends,

Our hearts are heavy as we witnessed yet another school shooting yesterday, this time in our city at Central Visual and Performing Arts High School, a school whose students and faculty are devoted to the pursuit of creative expression through the arts. We pray for healing for those who were wounded, comfort for the family and friends of those who were killed, and strength for the entire school and neighborhood community as they begin to deal with the trauma they have endured.

If you would like to share words of comfort and strength with the Central Visual and Performing Arts community, we invite you to sign cards that we will have out in the North Lobby this week and in the South Lobby before Shabbat services. Cards will be available to sign beginning today at 3:30pm. We will mail these cards to CVPA’s principal, Dr. Kacy Seals Shahid, over the weekend.

We know that the proximity of yesterday’s shooting may be especially frightening to some of you and your families. Below you can find links to resources that may be helpful. Your clergy are also here for you and your children and are happy to make time to speak to anyone who might be struggling.

Finally, we urge you to take action. Gun violence and access to mental health care are societal ills we can address. Vote for candidates who take these issues seriously. Please look in Shaare Mail this afternoon for information on all the ways you can vote and help others get to the polls.

May God comfort all who are connected to the Central Visual and Performing Arts community, and through our words, prayers and actions, may we bring about a world of safety and peace.

L’shalom,

Rabbi Bennett, Rabbi Goldstein, Rabbi Bearman, Cantor Warner, Rabbi Levine and Rabbi Stiffman


Helpful Resources:

APA resources for coping with mass shootings, understanding gun violence

Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers

Responding to Spiritual Questions and Emotional Needs after Tragedies

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