Local religious communities show support following synagogue shooting


There’s been an outpouring of support from the religious community after this weekend’s mass murder at a synagogue in Pittsburgh.

The first funerals were held Tuesday for some of the victims of the mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue this weekend. Eleven people were murdered. 

The CEO of the Jewish Federation of western Massachusetts told 22News they’ve received an outpouring of support from faith groups. The Western Massachusetts Council of Churches is also offering active shooter training.

Archbishop and president Timothy Paul told 22News, “We’re still actively training and we offer that training to our Jewish Brothers and Sister, who may still need that training because of the times we’re living in.” 

Archbishop Paul said last year’s Texas church massacre prompted him to consider the security of churches in the region. He said The Department of Justice, several law enforcement agencies and 65 churches developed a security training network.  

Archbishop Paul told 22News churches need to be prepared for any threat and he supports securing churches with armed personnel. He told 22News The Christian Cathedral in Springfield now has armed guards. 

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