Memorial service honored Pittsburgh victims

Darian Graivshark
Front pews filled up with those attending the memorial.

What affects one of us directly ends up affecting all of us indirectly.

In light of the Pittsburgh attack on October 27, the Beth Shalom Synagogue in Baton Rouge held a Memorial Service on October 29 to honor the individuals of the attack.

They were able to crowd 500 people, not just from the Jewish faith, into their beautiful synagogue on that night. Everyone was bound by their faith, and as a community, to join together and show the strength that they offer in tough times.

"God has made us, and God will retain us. Community is something hate cannot separate. Yet, often times, we ask where is God during these difficult times? He is crying with us now, and that is a wake up call to us all," Rabbi Natan Trief, of the Beth Shalom Synagogue, said.

Many people have gathered to the synagogue for the process of healing for the loss of their brothers and sisters. During these times, it is important that we recommit to human love and show our empathy. Although there may be heartbreak, we must come together as a community, no matter the faith, to end the hate in the world.

"Hateful words and deeds can destroy worlds, but love will build us back up stronger than we were before," Rabbi Natan said.

"Be with us God, in this time of sorrow and fear. Help us to sustain our belief, even in the darkest of times, and help us know that light and spirit will prevail," Rabbi Jordan Goldson, of Congregation B'nai Isreal, said.

May the memories of those that the community has lost be a blessing.

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