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Local people react to tragedy at Pittsburgh synagogue

Local people react to tragedy at Pittsburgh synagogue
Local people react to tragedy at Pittsburgh synagogue
Posted at 5:44 AM, Oct 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-29 02:28:34-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - In Tallahassee, many people are reflecting on the tragedy at the Pittsburgh synagogue.

WTXL ABC 27's Jada Williams joins was live Monday morning from Temple Israel with reaction from synagogues in our community.

Temple Israel is opening their doors up Monday for a special service following the shooting in Pennsylvania.

Rabbi Jack Romberg from Temple Israel says the special service will honor the memories of the victims, stand together against all bigotry, and pray for our Jewish brothers and sisters.

And another synagogue in town is being reminded of their own brush with tragedy.

Congregation Shomrei Torah was targeted two years ago when it received anonymous hate mail.

President Monte Finkelstein says t hat anti-Semitism is alive and well and that the shooting in Pittsburgh is an example of what he calls "growing hatred and division" in society, but that shouldn't be enough to lose faith.

"We have to go on," he said. "You cannot let people like this alter your behavior and stifle you in your beliefs, and I was very proud of my synagogue and the parents for bringing their kids and coming through the doors."

The synagogue had a deputy on patrol Sunday morning during religious classes.

Finkelstein said most of the students came to class.

Back here at Temple Israel, the service will begin Monday at 6:30 p.m. Anyone, regardless of religion, is welcome to join.