Jewish and Muslim worshippers mourn victims of Pittsburgh shooting at Woodford Green synagogue
PUBLISHED: 15:00 02 November 2018
Jews and Muslims united in mourning at a Woodford Green synagogue as they paid their respects to 11 Jewish worshippers murdered in Pittsburgh.
Around 40 people came together for a memorial service at East London and Essex Liberal Synagogue (Elels), in Marlborough Road, on Wednesday, October 31.
Among the attendees were also worshippers from Faizan-e-Islam, in Leabridge Road, Walthamstow; Sukkhat Shalom Synagogue, in Hermon Hill; and the South West Essex and Settlement Reform Synagogue (Swesrs).
Rabbi Richard Jacobi said: “It was a powerful experience to have reaffirmed our values and that we will carry on believing in God and love for other people rather than resorting to hate and violence.”
He added: “We lit memorial candles for each of the 11 people who died and said a prayer for those who were injured or bereaved.”
Speeches were also given by Swesrs’ Rabbi Lisa Barratt and Saira Mir from Faizan-e-Islam.
Eleven worshippers were murdered in a shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh on Saturday, October 27.
The alleged gunman, 46-year-old Robert Bowers, faces 44 counts of murder, hate crimes, obstructing religious practices as well as other crimes.
He has pleaded not guilty and has requested a jury trial.