Crowd packs downtown Greenville square for Synagogue victims


GREENVILLE, S.C. (WSPA) – Jewish leaders in the Upstate organizing vigils this week to show support for the Synagogue shooting victims in Pittsburgh held a memorial Tuesday evening in downtown Greenville’s NOMA Square.

The Greenville Jewish Federation hosted a line up of speakers from all faiths in front of the Downtown Hyatt at 6 p.m. The vigil lasted roughly 45 minutes with well over 100 attendees.

President of the Jewish Federation Amy Hammer said people of all faiths were invited to show solidarity in light of this tragic act of hatred and bloodshed committed in Pittsburgh.

Tuesday evening’s speakers included Hammer, Assistant to Mayor Knox White Elizabeth Lapidus, Greenville City Council Member Amy Doyle, Rabbi Leibel Kesselman-Chabad, Pastor Ronald Smith with First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Greenville, Akif Ayden with the Atlantic Institute, Rabbi Mathew Marko with Congregation Beth Israel, and Rabbi Samuel Rose with Temple of Israel. 

Several member of the Greenville Police Department were on hand providing security.

Pastor Smith told 7News after the vigil that he hopes attendees leave the gathering with this message: “Find your humanity. Your humanity comes before your politics. As you are looking me in the eye, we need to learn to look each other in the eye and, in that, we find the sparkle of the Holy. That’s all I can hope for.” 

There are more gatherings planned in the Upstate later this week.

Thursday, Nov. 1:

Furman University will hold a vigil at Daniel Chapel at 6:30 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 2:

Temple Israel B’nai on Oakland Ave. in Anderson will hold services at 6:45 p.m. 

All are welcome at both memorials.

Earlier in the week, the Wofford College Student Chapter of Amnesty International and the Wofford Office of the Chaplain held a candlelight vigil in front of Main Building on Monday.

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