Temple Israel Holds Service Following Massacre at Penn. Synagogue

Posted at 11:57 PM, Oct 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-29 22:46:43-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Two days after the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Temple Israel in Tallahassee held a service of reflection and remembering.

"I had some good friends who were members of the Tree of Life, I went to one of my best friends' bar mitzvah there, and I grew up in that neighborhood" says Bob Canter, a fifth grade teacher at Temple Israel, who also grew up near where the shooting happened.

It's also a night of mourning from the deadliest attack against Jews in U-S History.

"To have so many people coming here to show their love and concern, that's what we need," believes Rabbi Jack Romberg of Temple Israel.

Monday night, an outpouring of support as nearly 1-thousand people, of different faiths gathered at Temple Israel in Tallahassee.

According to Matt Dailey, Director of Worship for Good Samaritan United Methodist Church, "People of faith have to support each other. We have to come together in times of joy and times of crisis. We have a responsibility to be light in the darkness to each other."

Worshiping, singing and praying for healing and hope that despite so many unanswered questions, love will conquer hate.

"I'm reminded as I join with these people that our roots go deep, the roots of love and grace," says Pastor Betsy Ovellette-Zierden of Good Samaritan United Methodist Church, "that we're all made in the image of God and that together we can do more. That we don't need to be afraid. And I feel strengthened and hopeful."