Packed synagogue honours victims
More than 100 people packed into The Sons of Jacob Synagogue in North Bay Friday night for a candlelight vigil paying tribute to the 11 victims and six wounded at a Pittsburgh synagogue.
It is considered the deadliest attack on Jews in U.S. history.
The 11 people who died were Irving Younger, Melvin Wax, Rose Mallinger, Sylvan Simon, Bernice Simon, Jerry Rabinowitz, Joyce Fienberg, Dr. Richard Gottfried, Daniel Stein, David Rosenthal and Cecil Rosenthalwere.
Their names were read by members of the community, including area religious and political leaders such as Ni pissing timi ska ming MP Anthony Rota, Nipissing MPP Vic Fedeli and North Bay Mayor Al Mcdonald, among others.
Memories, stories and prayers were shared during the vigil.
“It’s pretty hard to fathom when you live in a place like North Bay, where when tragedies happen we all come to the rescue of each other,” said synagogue member Marty Brown.
“For example, 10 years ago we had a flood in the synagogue and all of the churches in town helped us out. And the next thing we knew, we were back in business.
“When we have an event like this and people of all faiths gather together, we have an example of how love conquers hate and how good conquers evil, and it gives us every reason to want to continue.
“You know particularly if you are jewish and for the past 6,000 years we have been surrounded by people that don’t like us very much. And no matter what happens, we somehow manage to carry on, and I think it’s only because there are a lot more good people in the world then there are bad, and it’s certainly true here in North Bay and I think you saw that tonight,” he said.
Similar vigils have taken place in Sudbury and Sault Ste.
Candles are lit Friday at The Sons of Jacob Synagogue in North Bay honouring the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting victims.