NJ community comes together to condemn California synagogue shooting

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New Jersey residents held a gathering Monday evening to honor and pray for those involved in a shooting at a synagogue in Poway, California over the weekend.

Participants gathered outside The Chabad at Short Hills in Livingston for a night of peace and unity. Members of the Jewish community, along with other faiths, sent a message of support to those affected in the shooting.

“No matter where people find themselves, whether it’s a church, a mosque or a temple or synagogue in Poway or Pittsburgh - humans have the ability to be negative and bad. But a majority of us have the ability and are inherently good and kind,” said one rabbi at the event.

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Those who attended the gathering also signed a condolence book for the family of Lori Kaye, the woman killed in the shooting.

“It's within our responsibility to reassure people that not only are we safe, but moreover we are committed to remembering those lost and injured and moreover moving forward to committing to doing positive acts of love and kindness and bringing the community,” says Rabbi Mendel Soloman.

New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal also attended the gathering.

The organizers also made it a fundraising event, with all donations going to help families in the shooting.

More events are expected to be held in New Jersey later in the week.

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