LIMA — Temple Beth Israel-Shaare Zedek welcomed the Lima-area community to join together Friday at Stand Up For Shabbat.
The Shabbat was dedicated to recognizing the lives lost at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh on Oct. 27 and the two victims of a shooting at Kroger in Jeffersontown, Kentucky on Oct. 24.
Temple leaders wanted to gather with the Lima community to show their appreciation for the support and comfort the community has shown since the tragedy.
Cantor Deborah Bletstein led the music worship and Father David Ross from St. Rose Catholic Church also sang. There was a reception after the service where people could socialize.
More than 70 people observed Shabbat, praying, singing and worshipping. The clergy leaders lit 13 candles and used a white rose to recognize the lives lost over the last week.
“It is really overwhelming to see so many people here to join us as we welcome the Shabbat,” said Rabbi Howard Stein. “We are mindful that the last Shabbat was not peaceful. We hope that this Shabbat will bring us peace and rest, togetherness and joy.”
Those gathered remembered Maurice Stallard, 69, and Vickie Jones, 67, who were killed at the grocery. They also recognized synagogue shooting victims Irving Younger, 69, Melvin Wax, 87, Rose Mallinger, 97, Bernice Simon, 84, Sylvan Simon, 86, Jerry Rabinowitz, 66, Joyce Fienberg, 75, Richard Gottfried, 65, Daniel Stein, 71, Cecil Rosenthal, 59, and David Rosenthal, 54.
The Tree of Life Synagogue shooting marked the first mass shooting at a synagogue. Jewish community centers had been targets before.
“As we enter the Shabbat, we are aware that these lives have been snuffed out,” said Rabbi Stein. “It is up to us to pray on their behalf and bring them into Shabbat with us.”
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