Local rabbi reacts to synagogue shooting in California


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Jewish communities all across the world and in Lexington have been shaken by the synagogue shooting in California.

Rabbi Wirtschafter says this is a hard day for the Jewish community, but he says his congregation at Temple Adath Israel is standing in solidarity.

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Sunday morning, the congregation gathered to observe an important day in the Jewish community known as holocaust remembrance day.

Holocaust remembrance day is a chance for Jews to remember the six million people killed during WWII, but Rabbi Wirtschafter says now it’s a chance to also remember the lives lost from vicious attacks.

As these attack happen more often, he says they’ve increased security to keep their people safe.

“We didn’t survive crusades, pogroms, and the holocaust to be driven away from our house of worship or be driven from our homes. We’re staying right here,” said Rabbi David Wirtschafter.

Rabbi Wirtschafter says members of the congregation will raise awareness about gun violence and encourage common sense gun reform.

The Lexington Jewish community will be holding a prayer service this Thursday night at 7pm on the UK campus.