More than 550 people filled the Soloway Jewish Community Centre social hall to capacity for a memorial gathering, October 28, in solidarity with Pittsburgh’s Jewish community, after a mass murder shooting spree at the Tree of Life Synagogue there.
The shootings at the synagogue, located in Pittsburgh’s historic Squirrel Hill neighbourhood, happened during Shabbat morning services on October 27, the day before. Eleven worshippers were killed and six others – including four police officers responding to the incident – were injured.
At the memorial gathering, quickly arranged by the Jewish Federation of Ottawa and the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, 11 empty chairs and memorial candles were set on the stage in honour of those who lost their lives.
“We are here today to mourn together, lament together and commiserate together,” said Rabbi Reuven Bulka, Federation’s Annual Campaign co-chair, who acted as MC for the event. [Read more…]