LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Members of all faiths joined together Friday night in a call for unity in the wake of attacks on worshippers in the U.S. and around the world.
Lubavitch of Arkansas hosted an evening of unity, solidarity, and prayer, followed by a special shabbat candlelighting in memory of Lori Kaye.
She was gunned down last week inside a southern California synagogue.
Jewish Arkansans say though they continue to grieve, they’re working to respond to darkness by adding in light.
“It really shocks us because it’s happening here in America, which gets very scary. And it’s not just for the Jewish community because it’s happened in other places of worship as well, so it’s really something – we live in fragile, very delicate times, so we want to come together, give ourselves some support as well,” says Rabbi Pinchus Ciment, Lubavitch of Arkansas Director.
Rabbi Cement says the gathering also aimed to help teach the younger generation about the consequences of hatred and extremism that leads to violence, like the California synagogue shooting.