Local community holds vigil for Pittsburgh victims


A vigil was held at Temple Israel in Albany to remember those who lost their lives in Saturday’s shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh.

“At times of tragedy, I think many Jewish people feel the need to congregate, to get together to share their grief and to reassure each other and themselves that things are going to be alright,” said Louis-Jack Pozner, former president of the Jewiish Federation in Northeastern New York.

People of all faiths came together at Sunday night’s vigil.

“It means a great deal to us Jews to see the support of the greater community,” said Pozner.

Zvi Klopott was among the attendees.  He said he and his family became very upset after learning about the deadly shooting in Pittsburgh.

“Yesterday, we were in synagogue and my son had received a message of what had happened,” said Klopott.

He said, the shooting was a clear reminder of the tragedy his own family has gone through.

“Most of my family was killed in the holocaust.  Both my grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins, only a remnant remained.  It’s very personal and very acute,” said Klopott.

Members of the Jewish community in the Capital Region said they are not going to let this horrific act stop them from practicing their faith.

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