NORFOLK, Va. - The Old Dominion University community, as well as the Ohef Sholom Temple, held moments of solidarity to remember those lost in the Pittsburgh shooting.
Through songs, scripture and moments of silence, Monday night was a way for many to grieve and feel the loss of the 11 who were gunned down while inside a synagogue in Pittsburgh.
“I think that was the hardest part - for me to say the names and to really take a minute to feel for each member. The other thing that I thought was particularly moving for me was listening to our students speak and hearing them offer some of their reflections and feelings that they are having right now as they are processing their emotions," says Amy Milligan, Old Dominion University.
Some organizers of the events that took place Monday night say it’s important for the community to come together to call out anti-Semitism, name the hate that this country is currently seeing and to also recognize that there are other communities facing the same level of intolerance.
“The antidote to hate is love. We had a sanctuary full of people, hundreds of people - probably a third of whom were not from our congregation. It really showed us that we are not alone," says Rabbi Rosalin Mandelberg, Ohef Sholom Temple.
The constant theme that stood out Monday night was that darkness can be driven out by light.