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Tallahassee synagogue leader reflects on mass shooting

Tallahassee synagogue leader reflects on mass shooting
Tallahassee synagogue leader reflects on mass shooting
Posted at 5:28 PM, Oct 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-28 15:11:51-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - The leader of a Tallahassee synagogue reflected on Saturday's shooting.

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

President Monte Finkelstein said 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.

He also stressed that the Jewish community shouldn't let what happened stop them from practicing their faith.

"If you stay away, and you say, 'Oh, I don't want to go to synagogue. I don't want to participate, because I am afraid,' then you have let shooters like Mr. Bowers win. They have changed your life. They have altered your entire existence, and we as Americans and Jews cannot let that happen," said Finkelstein.

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