Tuesday 17 September 2019

Songs and poetry at ‘healing service’ outside synagogue

A gunman entered the Tree of Life just as Shabbat services were beginning and killed 11 people.

Chuck Diamond, second from left, prepares to lead a Shabbat morning service outside the Tree of Life Synagogue (Gene J. Puskar/AP)
Chuck Diamond, second from left, prepares to lead a Shabbat morning service outside the Tree of Life Synagogue (Gene J. Puskar/AP)

By Associated Press Reporter

About 100 people gathered in a cold drizzle for what was called a “healing service” outside the Pittsburgh synagogue that was the scene of a mass shooting a week ago.

Former Tree of Life rabbi Chuck Diamond led the 45-minute service, which featured prayers, songs and poetry.

The Rev Lee Clark, a retired Presbyterian pastor from the Pittsburgh area, led a short prayer.

People stood with umbrellas, some weeping, mothers hugged children and couples leaned on each other.

The gunman entered Tree of Life just as Shabbat services were beginning and started shooting, killing 11 people and wounding six others in the deadliest attack on Jews in US history.

Suspect Robert Bowers pleaded not guilty on Thursday to federal hate crime charges.

He could face the death penalty.

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