First Shabbat held since Pittsburgh synagogue shooting

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The first Shabbat since the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting was held Friday night.

Shabbat is observed from sundown on Friday to sundown on Saturday and is a day of rest, celebration and congregation.

People from all walks of life and religion have showed their support for the Jewish community since the shooting, which is now known to be the deadliest attack against Jews in the U.S. Officials say the massacre at Tree of Life Synagogue left 11 people dead.

As part of an effort of solidarity, people across the nation are attending synagogues and temples by a movement called  #ShowUpForShabbat.

Gov. Phil Murphy joined in the movement, delivering remarks at Temple Emanu-El in Closter Saturday.

"One week ago, our nation bore witness to hate in the worst act of terror against the Jewish community in the history of our country," he says.

Murphy also says crime data shows that anti-Semitic incidents are on the rise in New Jersey. He says that his administration is committed to fighting against that trend.

Temple Emanu-El President Fran Weingast says love and the support was felt at the event, and that right now that's what our country is in most need of with the rise of anti-Semitic incidents.

"We've all been really comfortable and lucky and we didn't have to focus on it too much, but we have always certainly learned about it," she says. "What's so chilling now is it's hitting so close to home."

In another act of kindness, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette put the first words of the Jewish prayer of mourning on its front page. The words read, "Magnified and Sanctified is God's holy name."

This prayer is recited at every Jewish service on the Sabbath and during holidays.

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