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Prayer service in Rochester for victims of Pittsburgh shooting

'The response to senseless hatred is senseless love.'

Posted: Oct 28, 2018 9:52 PM
Updated: Oct 29, 2018 7:03 AM

ROCHESTER, Minn. - People in Rochester are grieving the deaths of 11 people who lost their loves from a shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh on Saturday. 

Chabad-Lubavitch is a resource center for Jewish people in Rochester. It held a prayer service for the victims of the shooting and their families on Sunday night. 

At the service, the names of the victims names were read aloud followed by a candle lit in their honor. Community members in attendence, of many faiths, prayed and sang for the victims. 

Rabbi David Greene is the executive director of Chabad. He said people in the community were reaching out, asking if a response would be held. He said the service lets people know in hard times they are not alone. 

"People don't want to feel alone at this time," he said. "It's a chance to get together, to hear a little bit of reflection. And to give space for grieving is number one."

While many are still grieving, Rabbi Greene said healing can come by spreading light in dark times. 

"The response to senseless hatred is senseless love. That's the antidote," he said. "Those randome acts of goodness and kindness, that's a real thing. Finding those opportunities and recognizing it, that we can bring things foward."

When asked how the shooting in Pittsburgh may have Chabad-Lubavitch thinking security, Rabbi Greene said the resource center is constantly evaluting its security measures already.

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