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Jewish Celebrities Share Messages of Solidarity, Heartbreak Following Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting

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The Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood. Photo: Reuters / John Altdorfer.

A number of Jewish actors and actresses posted on Twitter messages of solidarity in the aftermath of Saturday’s deadly shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue, in which 11 people were murdered.

Actress Amy Schumer said her heart was “broken” for the victims and everyone affected by the shooting at the Tree of Life congregation in Pittsburgh, while Israeli actress and “Wonder Woman” star Gal Gadot wrote on Twitter, “All of humanity is connected to the same tree of life. My heart is broken and goes out to the families in Pennsylvania. May we all be free to embrace each other, spirit and soul.”

Actress and “Girls” creator Lena Dunham asked people to pray for the Jewish community. She wrote, “I don’t talk about my Jewish faith a lot, but it’s a huge part of my life, family and heart. It is painful & tragic to see a place of prayer cleaved by bigotry & hate, yet again. Please return our shalom to us with prayers & active support of the Jewish member of your community.”

“Big Bang Theory” star Mayim Bialik shared the following message:

“Beauty and the Beast” actor Josh Gad wrote about attending services at Tree of Life when he went to school in Pittsburgh and added, “I don’t know what to say anymore or how to say it. Words have clearly lost all meaning because we are doing NOTHING to stop incocent masses of people in schools, Churches and now Temples from being killed in droves.”

Broadway star Ben Platt said the following in a political message:

“Seinfeld” actor Jason Alexander said he had “no words” following the attack, adding, “Or rather, there are words that would bring change, but our leaders don’t have the courage to say them. So, all we can do is say prayers. #TreeOfLifeSynagogue — our hearts continue to break.”

Actress and singer Bette Midler shared her “deepest and sincere sympathies” to the families of those who died in the synagogue shooting, adding, “This horror is escalating day by day. If only we had LEADERSHIP that would actually take steps to stop it.”

Actor Henry Winkler, famous for his role in “Happy Days,” wrote a message to members of the Tree of Life synagogue who were affected by the shooting. Winkler said, “MAY THE TREE OF LIFE , in your community, grow stronger and taller and in peace .. We Winklers , like the rest of the country , are heartbroken for ALL of you.”

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