Bexley (WCMH)– Flags at the Jewish Community Center in Columbus flew at half-staff as a vigil was held to remember the lives lost in Pittsburgh and to support the Jewish community here in Columbus.
People Scot Ashton who is not Jewish came because the pain of Saturday’s attack at the synagogue in Pittsburgh upset him.
“I was numb. I had no words. I sat on my couch and looked at the screen. I had no words. I was shocked,” said Ashton. “When this happens to the Jewish community it happen to all of us.”
It didn’t matter race, religion, or nationality, Saturday night’s vigil was about letting the Jewish community know here in Columbus and Pittsburgh that they’re not alone.
“Anti-Semitism is not dead, and when anti-Semitism happens, it happens to all of us and we pray,” said Ashton. “We pray and pray.”
So he along with people from all over Columbus including the mayor and several other Columbus notable people came together to stand against this attack against Jewish people.
“It’s not surprising that we came together to hold one another and to find comfort in a community,” said June Cutterman who is the CEO of the Jewish Family Services.
Lynn Schmidt said, “I was so proud to be here. So proud to be Jewish, and be with people that have the same care and love for each other.”
She added that love she felt is helping her heal.
“Just knowing you’re not a lone. That there’s other people who feel the same way, are going through the same thing, and have the same love and determination. It means everything in the world and we will survive it.”