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Community stands up for Pittsburgh shooting victims

VESTAL (WBNG) — After the tragic attack on the Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh, the local Jewish community is staying strong.

“The last thing that we as a people would want and the first thing that the shooter would want is for us to cave in,” said Chabad at Binghamton Rabbi Levi Slonim.

Slonim is standing up to tragedy with mezuzahs, a selection of Jewish prayers placed in doorways.

“It’s sort of a station identification if you will of remembering who we are and what are purpose is here in this world, which is to make this world a better place,” he said.

Anyone who wants to participate can join the campaign that’s installing 1,100 mezuzahs in the Pittsburgh region, 100 for each of the 11 victims killed.

“Sort of sends a very strong message that we are going to continue celebrating our faith, we are going to continue celebrating our connection to God and we’re going to display it proudly,” said Slonim.

“And I think it’s important when these things happen, not to get knocked down, but to come up a little bit stronger and as a community hold each other by the hand, hold each others arms,” said Vestal resident Naftali Ginsburg.

The local has a mezuzah in each doorway of his apartment, but is taking the positive response to tragedy one step further.

“Put your hand and say I’m with you, I may not know who you are, I might have never met you but we have this connection and I will be there for you,” he said.

“That one of the greatest ways to honor their memory is by intensifying our observance and our efforts and our Jewish pride which is precisely what they were killed for,” said Slonim.

To join the campaign, click here.

Julia Gorman

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