Packed syn­a­gogue hon­ours vic­tims

North Bay Nugget - - FRONT PAGE - Cody Storm Cooper

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.

Photo by Cody Storm Cooper

Can­dles are lit Fri­day at The Sons of Ja­cob Syn­a­gogue in North Bay hon­our­ing the Pitts­burgh syn­a­gogue shoot­ing vic­tims.

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