Hundreds gather in Northampton for vigil for synagogue shooting victims

Hampshire County

People gathered first at the Unitarian society, before marching to B’nai Israel on Prospect Street for a night of support and healing. 

In tribute to the 11 people shot and killed at the tree of life synagogue in Pittsburgh Saturday, hundreds came together in Northampton Monday night to show solidarity, offer support and reject hate. 

Northampton resident Joanna Campe said, “We have to demonstrate the opposite, and with love. That’s extremely important.”

Hundreds walked from the Unitarian society on Main Street, to B’bnai Isreal for a night of song and speeches. 

The evening brought together congregation members of B’nai Israel and Beait Ahava, but also members of other faiths and congregations. So many in fact, there wasn’t a seat left in the synagogue.  B’Nai Isreal’s Rabbi Justin David said he hopes people will come together and help each other heal. 

Rabbi David told 22News, “People have a heightened sense of vulnerability I think. But I think also people trust that we live in a community that is very safe. When people come here they feel good, they feel good being together. So hopefully that will encourage people to come back and be here and join together.”

The shooter, Robert Bowers, was ordered held without bond on Hate Crimes resulting in death. Convictions on those charges could result in the death penalty.

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