Vigil honors victims of Jersey City shootings

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A vigil was held Wednesday night at a Jersey City synagogue for the victims of Tuesday's shootings.

The community gathered at Temple Beth-El for a time of prayer and healing.

Yossi Steinmetz, who worships on the first floor of the building, says he used to feel safe -- but not anymore.

Rabbi Leana Moritt of Temple Beth-El hosted the vigil. She says concern over anti-Semitism is weighing heavily on her community.

"Anti-Semitism, unfortunately in this day and age, is becoming an almost daily occurrence. And it's well-documented. We all have to be very vigilant," said Moritt.

Mayor Steve Fulop was among the officials in attendance, saying diversity is one of Jersey City's greatest strengths.

"Over the last 24 hours, we've done our best to make sure that the Orthodox Jewish community here, that has moved to this community, knows that we not only welcome them, but we appreciate them being here," Fulop.

New Jersey's Attorney General Gurbir Grewal acknowledged the support in the room, saying standing together sends a powerful message to the forces that try to inspire fear. He says local, state and federal law enforcement are working diligently to answer one important question -- why did this happen?

People in attendance gave a standing ovation to the law enforcement officers.

Rabbi Moritt asked everyone at the vigil to shake hands, look into each other's eyes and recognize their humanity.

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