Vigil for synagogue shooting victims held in Anchorage
Across the nation Monday, vigils were held to remember the victims lost in the synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh over the weekend. One of those vigils were held right here in Anchorage.
It was a packed house at the Congregation Beth Sholom where people mourned the loss of those killed over the weekend.
Rabbi Michael Oblath read the names of the victims and said a prayer for the community trying to heal after a devastating act of hate.
For many, these names are symbols; to one Anchorage woman, they were her role models.
Robin Dern lives here in Anchorage with her family but grew up Pittsburgh. She occasionally went to the Tree of Life where the shooting happened. Some of those who lost their lives were near and dear to her family.
"To those that we have lost, I am grateful to have grown up with your presence in my community," said Dern. "You made my neighborhood special and continually modeled values I hold dear. I can’t begin to imagine the pain of those who love you most. It is my hope that your memories will be a comfort to them and those memories will help them to begin to heal.”
The community started that process with the vigil Monday.
After hearing the news, Rabbi Oblath says he felt many emotions.
"Anger, frustration, sorrow, pain and I believe that feeling is there for many of you here," said Rabbi Oblath. "One thought that occurred to me was I was ordained in 1978. This is 2018 and this is a first because I have been at vigils at mosques that have been attacked for churches that have been attacked this is a first."
Rabbi Oblath says during this trying time, the Jewish community in Anchorage will come together and be stronger than ever before.
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