PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, USA (AP) — the public lighting of the menorah was carried out Sunday on the outskirts of the synagogue in Pittsburgh in which 11 people were killed was an opportunity to pay «tribute to the victims, hold the and allow the community to reinforce their solidarity.» «For me, the message is simple: light is the message», said Rabbi Jeffrey Myers while he pointed out the menorah located in the corner where stood an altar improvised in honor of the 11 victims that was visited by thousands of people. Five weeks after the massacre – believed is the worst attack against Jews in United States – some 500 people gathered on the outskirts of the Tree of Life synagogue to pray, sing and witness the lighting of the menorah.
«We practice our Jewish faith proudly and publicly,» said Stephen Cohen, co-President of New Light, whose congregation, along with that of Dor Hadash and Tree of Life, was in the synagogue at the time of the massacre on October 27.
The fact that hundreds of people will be presented at the ceremony not surprised leaders of the three congregations.» I don’t think there are enough adjectives to describe the support of the community», said Myers.» We are a very close community,»said Ilana Kohanbash, who came with his spouse Jason. «It is also a wake-up call of what we need to do to keep our faith and we need to take precautions.» It could happen to anyone».
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