Metro Detroit events planned to honor lives lost in Pittsburgh synagogue shooting

Posted at 6:17 AM, Oct 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-29 18:25:22-04

While the justice system moves forward with hate crime charges against the man accused of killing 11 people at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, people around the world are coming together.

There will be a number of vigils in metro Detroit to celebrate the lives lost, and show strength in solidarity, following the deadly attack on a Pittsburgh synagogue.

Beginning at 6 p.m. a vigil will be held at Captiol Park. The two-hour long planned event is hosted by Hazon Detroit, Detroit Jews for Justice and the Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue.

There’s a teen-led vigil at Temple Israel in West Bloomfield beginning at 6:30 p.m.

In Farmington Hills the Adat Shalom Synagogue has plans to celebrate its 75th anniversary with a concert at 7:30 p.m. The entire community is invited to attend, a tribute is expected to honor the lives lost in Pittsburgh.

Saturday’s attack is believed to the deadliest on the Jewish community in US history, according to the Anti-Defamation League.

The Jewish Federation of Metro Detroit send 7 Action News the following statement:

With an extremely heavy heart we are monitoring the news of this morning's shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of the victims and their loved ones. Jewish Detroit is grieving for our fellow Jews in Pittsburgh, and for all the victims of this horrifying tragedy.

Our Community Service officers, working closely with local and national law enforcement entities, are following this situation very closely and continuing to remain vigilant in providing for the safety of our community.

In addition to the Jewish victims, we want to acknowledge the Pittsburgh police officers who were shot. We are extremely grateful to the police responders for their response., as well as to our local law enforcement agencies that work very closely with our Community Security team to keep our buildings and campuses safe.