SARASOTA (WWSB) - Hundreds of people from all different faiths and political backgrounds came together as one, remembering the eleven people brutally murdered Saturday by a gunman shouting anti-semitic remarks at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh.
“The Jewish people of this community and adjoining communities really have a voice in this country and would like to be heard,” said Alan Isaac, an Englewood resident.
Their main message tonight is solidarity.
“When you come to these kinds of events, I feel very proud to be Jewish and very proud to be part of a community that will come together during days of a horrible tragedy, but try to be positive and try to heal altogether,” said Emma Katz, a Sarasota resident.
Candles were lit for each of the eleven lives lost and the crowd on hand lit up their phones and swayed to a few well known Jewish songs.
“I think it’s important not only the Jewish community to come together but the entire community to come together," said Howard Tevlowitz, CEO of the Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee. "I think it’s time for us to heal and this is going to take some time, and I think tonight is the first step to do that.”
This event was organized by the Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee.