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Thousands attend interfaith vigil for Pittsburgh synagogue massacre victims

Thousands attend interfaith vigil for Pittsburgh synagogue massacre victims (ABC7)

They gathered by the thousands to attend an interfaith service at Adas Israel Synagogue in Washington in the wake of the Tree of Life shooting in Pittsburgh, but many could not get it.

All the seats inside were filled, where religious leaders called for harmony.

“Tonight’s love is one that carefully notices our differences and still embraces them,'' said Rabbi Aaron Alexander.

Where political leaders, like DC Mayor Muriel Bowser, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam and Maryland Governor Larry Hogan called for solidarity.

“No amount of evil can divide us. No amount of evil can destroy the Jewish people or our nation," said Hogan.

And where one Jewish community leader made clear that while shock and sadness are expected, now is a time for resolve.

“We will not permit this pathetic murderer to scare us from going to synagogue, for participating in our organizations or sending our children to school. In fact, we will accomplish the exact opposite. It will strengthen our resolve to stand proudly and tally as American Jews and we will not cower," said Ron Halber with the JCRC of Greater Washington.

The service ended with more than 100 clergy from across the DMV standing together, with more than 1,000 in the sanctuary arm-in-arm singing a song of hope in which a world of kindness can be built.

Olam Chesed Yibaneh

I will build this world from love

And you must build this world from love

And if we build this world from love

Then God will build this world from love

The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, an organizer of tonight’s service, also announced it’s also raising emergency grant money for synagogues that have a hard time affording security.

Watch the vigil below:


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