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On Wednesday, October 31, 2018, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon was among the New York-area religious, political and diplomatic leaders who had been invited to attend a gathering at Manhattan’s Park East Synagogue in response to the tragic shooting that occurred at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Synagogue on Saturday, October 27.

The gathering—“United Against Hate: Inter Religious Leadership in Solidarity with Pittsburgh”—was cosponsored by the Appeal of Conscience Foundation and the Park East Synagogue, headed by Rabbi Arthur Schneier, who memorialized the victims murdered in Pittsburgh and thanked the religious and political leaders present, stating that “you stand with us and we stand with you.”


Among the other Orthodox Christian leaders attending the gathering were His Eminence, Archbishop Demetrios and His Grace, Bishop Sevastianos of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America; His Grace, Bishop Irinej of the Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Eastern America; and Protopresbyter Leonid Kishkovsky, OCA Director of External Affairs.  Representing the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of America was the Very Rev. Daniel Findikyan.  Other religious and civic leaders in attendance included Archbishop Bernardito C. Auza, Apostolic Nuncio, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations; Antonio Guterres, Secretary General of the United Nations; His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Roman Catholic Archbishop of New York; the Rt. Rev. Clifton Daniel III, Dean of the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine; Sheikh Musa Drammeh, Chairman of the Islamic Cultural Center of North America; Consul General of Israel in New York, Ambassador Dani Dayan; and numerous political and diplomatic dignitaries and police and community representatives.

Photo credit: Subdeacon Roman Ostash.