Rochester's Jewish community is joining in a nationwide showing of solidarity in the wake of the killings in a Pittsburgh synagogue last weekend.
It's called Solidarity Shabbat: We Stand With Pittsburgh
Shabbat is the Jewish Sabbath, starting at nightfall Friday and lasting until nightfall Saturday.
CEO of the Jewish Federation of Rochester, Meredith Dragon, says local synagogues will host events to mourn those lost last weekend.
"Bring out as many members of the Jewish community, really the community at large, to come and be in synagogue and to show support and solidarity this weekend as Jews around teh world to show that we're going to be strong and get through this," she said.
Dragon says it's important to respond to last weekend's tragedy with a show of solidarity.
"We're asking people to make Shabbat in a way that feels good to them. So, going to synagogue, inviting friends over to celebrate together, having Shabbat dinner with friends and family. But really doing something that honors the memory of the eleven people who were killed, and showing that we're going to be strong," she said.
Dragon says the Solidarity Shabbat is one way to make the statement that those who spew hatred, cannot win.
She adds local synagogues are working with area law enforcement agencies to ensure everyone's security at these events.
Here's a list of participating synagogues:
Congregation Beth Hamedresh - Beth Israel
Temple Beth El
Jewish Family Service & Louis S. Wolk JCC
Temple B'rith Kodesh
Temple Beth David
Chabad Lubavitch of Rochester
Congregation Beth Sholom
UR Hillel/Chabad House
SUNY Geneseo Hillel
Congregation Light of Israel
Jewish Senior Life
Hillel Community Day School
Congregation Etz Chaim
Congregation Beth Hakneses Hachodosh