In Amherst, hundreds gathered at Temple Beth Tzedek on Sunday night to honor the 11 people who were killed in Saturday’s tragic shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue.
Those who attended the special service joined together in prayer and wrote notes of hope that were posted on the temple’s walls.
Western New York Jews also spoke about the concerns they have about safety in the synagogue.
“When you can not even go into a synagogue and when you can not even teach our children what they are supposed to be doing and reassure them of their safety – it is a problem, and I am deeply concerned,” said Penny Myers, Cantor at Temple Beth Zion.
Organizers collected donations for the families affected by this tragedy.
Local Jewish leaders say they are planning more gatherings like tonight’s prayer vigil in the next few days.