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Capital Region Jewish community comes together after Pittsburgh attack

October 29, 2018 11:00 AM

After the tragic events Saturday in Pittsburgh, some members of the local Jewish community in the Capital Region say this is a time to come together.

"The first reaction was, 'Not again.' How many of these massacres have to happen before politicians or those in power to something to stop them?" said Louis-Jack Pozner, from the Jewish Federation of Northeastern New York.

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Many members of the Jewish community across this nation are asking the very same question after an anti-Semitic incident left at least 11 people dead and six injured at a synagogue in Pittsburgh Saturday morning.

"We will never allow hatred and bigotry to close our houses of worship or our institutions," said Pozner.

Pozner and his wife Rona have always been very active in the Capital District Jewish community. They say these acts of violence will not stop them from participating in Shabbat or any moment of worship.

"Those of us who participate actively in religious life and pray on a regular basis will never be cowered by threats like this. We have faith in God. There are precautions in place currently in the Capital District for local institutions," said Pozner.

The Albany Police Department says they too have routine property checks in place and will continue monitoring synagogues and Jewish organizations in Albany after today’s incidents. Some saying now more than ever this is a time to come together, be stronger and stand in solidarity as a community.

"We know that we are one race of one humanity standing against hatred, bigotry, and acts of violence. We aspire to create a world of love and understanding every day. All we can do in hang together so to speak and hope to overcome this bigotry," said Pozner.

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Brooke Selby

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