We Are In This Together

This week has been very full. Full of emotions. Full of sadness. Full of friendship. Full of mourning. Full of love. Last Saturday was another tragic and senseless shooting – at a Pittsburgh Synagogue. This was just days after 2 African Americans were shot and killed at a grocery store – simply for the color of their skin. Then on Saturday, 11 people were shot and killed and still others are hanging on for dear life. Community elders, leaders, healers, and friends whose lights have been extinguished. All because of fear and hate.
As a member of the Jewish Community, right after the Saturday shooting, I started to get emails, text messages, and calls from friends of all faiths and traditions wishing me their thoughts and condolences. I felt loved and embraced by so many people. While a yahrtzeit (memorial) candle burns in memory of those that have died, a brighter light began to shine from those that are still living and who recognize both the fragility of life and the amazing power we have to love one another.
As we move into Shabbat, people will be gathering to pray, to mourn, and to hold each other up. People of all faiths, of all colors, of all traditions, of all ages, of all abilities – we are so much more alike than we are different. It is our common humanity that holds us together and that shines brightly beyond any border, skin color, way of life or religion.
So this Shabbat, I wish you peace and I wish you strength to go into the world and to embrace your neighbor, to hold their hand and to let them know we are in this together.

Leanne Rubenstein 
Compassion Cultivator
Compassionate Atlanta

Share :


Join The Ride

Subscribe to receive future updates from the Compassionate Atlanta team & our sponsors!

More Stories

Vote For You

In case you have not noticed, the election is fast approaching. It’s in 45 days to be exact. So, that means if you are not already registered to vote—NOW IS


It Takes a Village

We often use the phrase “it takes a village”. So, when we ask the question, “Who is in your village?” Who comes to mind? Who’s there to hold your hand


Compassion around Atlanta

I remember exactly where I was on the morning of September 11, 2001.  I’m guessing that you remember where you were, too. I had no idea how the day would


Pianos for Peace

Do you ever wish we had a universal language? One that spanned borders, religions, even the ages?

aboriginal peoples

Stand in Solidarity and Act in Love

“If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.” –


Happy New Year 2017!

It’s almost here…2017.  This coming year will be full of ways to participate in raising the voice of compassion throughout Metro Atlanta.  January is already full of amazing events to


Love is Everything!

How do you say I love you? Let me count the ways… Earlier this week, Americans celebrated Valentine’s Day – the holiday of love. ❤️


Get out and get involved!

On this beautiful day in Atlanta, as we see the daffodils bloom 🌼 and the birds start their singing, we feel the restorative and healing power of nature.

Kroger Community Rewards

Did you know that you can help create a more compassionate Atlanta every time you go to the supermarket?

If you have a registered Kroger Plus Card (available for free at the Customer Service desk in every Kroger store) and a Kroger Community Rewards online account, and choose us as your designated non-profit organization, your purchases will begin earning rewards for Compassionate Atlanta within 7 to 10 business days!

Amazon Smile

Register your Amazon.com account, make Compassionate Atlanta your charity of choice, and Amazon will donate 5% of eligible purchases to help us raise the voice of compassion throughout the city!