Jewish community hosts vigil for Pittsburgh synagogue shooting victims
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)- Lexington’s Jewish community will be hosting a vigil Wednesday night for the victims of this weekend’s shooting in Pittsburgh.
Hundreds of people are expected to come together at the Fayette County Schools main office Wednesday for a community vigil for the victims killed at a Pittsburgh synagogue over the weekend.
“It was shocking. It was truly shocking,” said Rabbi David Wirtschafter with Temple Adath Israel.
For those in the Jewish community here in Lexington Saturday’s shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh was unbelievable.
“This is the biggest known slaughter in a jewish house of prayer in north america in history. It’s deeply disconcerting,” said Rabbi Wirtschafter.
“Our children should not be afraid to go to schools, go to the mall, go to the grocery store and most of all should never be afraid to go to their particular houses of worship,” said Evalyn Block, president of the Jewish Federation of the Bluegrass.
So as a show of solidarity they are organizing a community vigil where everyone is invited.
“Gives us in the Jewish community a chance to mourn our dead and also for the broader community who are Christian, Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim, Atheist brothers and sisters to join with us and express their caring and concern for the terrible violence that occurred,” said Rabbi Wirtschafter.
Organizers say they hope this vigil shows that people in this community care.
“By coming together I hope as a collective voice we can finally stand up and say enough,” said Block.
The vigil begins at 7:30 p.m.
It is expected to last about two hours.