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Religious leaders stand in solidarity with Jewish community during Hanukkah

AMHERST, N.Y. (WIVB) - On the fifth day of Hanukkah, local religious leaders are helping out the Jewish community to make sure this season is a safe one.

In October, 11 people were shot and killed and several more were wounded when an armed man opened fire at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh.

The Jewish community of Western New York is still reeling after the horrific tragedy.

"Well I think we're still a little shook up after Pittsburgh. There's a lot of safety discussion in the overall Jewish community, including here at Shir Shalom, we don't know exactly how to handle, we're trying to get back to a period of normalcy," said Rabbi Alex Lazarus-Klein, Congregation Shir Shalom in Amherst.

Hanakkuh is the first major Jewish holiday since the attack and for some there's a bit of uneasiness.

"I guess it's always gonna be something we have to have in the back of our minds," said Linda Berman, congregate.

Thursday night religious leaders from different faiths created a 'Ring of Peace' at Shir Shalom, a symbolic gesture of protection for the Jewish community.

"We're just gonna be standing here during the Hanukkah season to let our Jewish siblings know we stand with them because we know everyone is created in the image of love," said Rev. Kirk Laubenstein, Executive Director of the Coalition for Economic Justice.

"This is where people are supposed to feel the safest in life and now it's scary for people and it shouldn't be, that's not the way the world should be," said Lori Marranca, organizer.

Rabbi Lazarus-Klein says it's moments like these that remind him there's hope and light even during some dark times.

"It's little bits of kindness that make this world worth living in. If something were to happen, we would not be alone and we would be supported."


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