Days after a gunman opened fire in a Pittsburgh synagogue killing 11 people, our nation continues to grieve. But some are making sure the Jewish Community in Huntington continues to feel welcome right here at home.
Rabbi Jean Eglinton of the B’Nai Sholom Congregation says she first received a picture of a chalked sign that read, ‘you are loved’ from a member of the congregation. Rabbi Eglington says it was so sweet for someone to take the time to do this for her congregation.
It wouldn’t be until Monday that the Rabbi would see the chalked sign, and she says she actually knows who put it there. The identity of this person, however, still remains a mystery to the rest of the congregation.
Rabbi Eglington says she’s not surprised by the fact someone would be so thoughtful of her congregation as she’s always felt the Jewish Community has been welcome in Huntington. She says she knows first hand that the city of Huntington always answers the call against hate.
Rabbi Eglington says she was with her congregation on the morning of the deadly shootings when they all received the news form Pittsburgh.
“We hope and we pray that we will always live by our hopes and not by our fears. If we allow these random acts here and there to make us afraid to practice our religion, then those people have won,” said Rabbi Eglington. “Prayer’s not enough; actions are important. It’s voting season now, so how people vote will be a part of how our country continues to be.”
The B’Nai Sholom Congregation will hold a service in honor of the victims this Friday at 6:00 p.m. Rabbi Eglignton says everyone is welcome to attend.
There will also be a vigil at the Memorial Student Center Plaza at Marshall University on Tuesday evening at 8:00 p.m.