All faiths come together after synagogue shooting


SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (WRGB) - "The number of people representing different faith organizations has been unbelievable," said Mindy Holland, Congregation Gates of Heaven Board President.

They wore different symbols, they spoke different languages, and they prayed different prayers, but they all feel the same hurt.

"The entire congregation of the Guru Nanak Darbar Sikh temple in Niskayuna is absolutely heartbroken and grief-stricken," one speaker said.

Congregation Gates of Heaven reached max capacity Monday night, as hundreds came to mourn eleven people brutally gunned down in a Pittsburgh synagogue last weekend.

"This is not just a Jewish moment of grief. You see, we as Americans have to bond together. Hatred cannot be left unchecked," another speaker said.

Leaders from synagogues, churches, mosques, and places of worship throughout the Capital Region addressed the equally diverse crowd.

They honored the victims, prayed for their families, the survivors, police, and first responders.

And they reminded one another that although senseless violence might make us angry, we should fight hatred only with love.

One speaker quoted Ghandi, "He said an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind."

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