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Lakewood shows solidarity with victims of synagogue shooting

Lakewood shows solidarity with victims of synagogue shooting

Lakewood Mayor Steve Croft joined Rabbi Mariana Gindlin and a gathering of local residents and religious and civic leaders at Congregation Shir Chadash in Lakewood on the evening of Monday, Oct. 29 in a show of community solidarity and sympathy for the victims of the Oct. 27 attack on a Jewish synagogue in Pittsburgh that left 11 members dead.

“To our Jewish brothers and sisters: you are not alone,” Croft said. “Your community is standing with you. This is a terrible tragedy for all of us.”

Joining Mayor Croft and Council Member Jeff Wood at the gathering at Shir Chadash were leaders from other religious congregations including the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and the Islamic Center of Long Beach and a representative from Lakewood’s State Assembly Member Anthony Rendon.

Speakers encouraged the public to reject hate, division and fear as ways to communicate with and motivate others.

“We want to live in a country where we don’t fear gathering to pray in a religious temple,” said Rabbi Mariana Gindlin of Shir Chadash, who led the evening’s gathering. “We want to live in a country where we treat each other with love and compassion.”

As Rabbi Gindlin closed the service, she said her goal was to be able to look her child in the eye and say, “I did my best to leave you a better world.”