COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Just days after tragedy struck a synagogue in Poway, California, a Columbus community came together in support and prayer.
Temple Israel opened its doors to those in the local community, no matter their faith, religion or belief, to share their thoughts, support, and prayer for those affected.
“This shakes up all Americans. It should upset us all. This shooting was very specific in targeting Jews for being Jewish. We need to hold our heads up and invite the community to stand with us,” said Temple Israel Rabbi Beth Schwartz.
It’s through a remembrance ceremony that reflected on the lives lost both during the Holocaust and recently. 60-year-old Lori Kaye was shot and killed in Poway. Three others were injured including the Rabbi and a little girl.
“We have to make a stand and say enough is enough. The violence and particularly hate crimes, it won’t be tolerated. It’s not going to happen here,” said Columbus Mayor Skip Henderson.
“Nobody cares anymore about the other guy and this is a wonderful opportunity to reaffirm the fact that we are all Americans,” said retired Navy captain, Neil Block.
Schwartz said Friday is also a day to remember those lost in the Holocaust, but there’s also a focus on those recently lost. She said she hopes to bring attention to this tragedy for future prevention.