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Jewish and Muslim worshippers mourn victims of Pittsburgh shooting at Woodford Green synagogue

PUBLISHED: 15:00 02 November 2018

A memorial for the Pittsburgh shooting was held at the East London and Essex Liberal Synagogue, in Marlborough Road. Photo: Google

A memorial for the Pittsburgh shooting was held at the East London and Essex Liberal Synagogue, in Marlborough Road. Photo: Google

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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.

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