Local Jewish community unites amidst deadly synagogue shooting

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Rhode Island’s Jewish community is coming together in the midst of unthinkable violence at a Pittsburgh synagogue.

Adam Greenman leads the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island. He helped organize an interfaith vigil on Monday evening.

“When people go to synagogue, they’re going to pray, they’re coming to be together. Nobody should go into a church or synagogue or mask and have to worry about their safety,” Greenman said.

Greenman says the local Jewish community has received a tremendous outpouring of support since the synagogue shooting. “ Community is more important now than ever,” he told ABC6 News.

State and local police have increased their presents at synagogues and Jewish centers.

U.S. Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI), who practices the Jewish faith, is once again urging Congress to pass what he calls “common sense” gun reform laws, which aim to stop at-risk people from getting guns.

“We have to condemn this but also we have to be committed to coming together to try to do something to reduce the ability of people to get access to firearms who are seriously mentally ill or dangerous criminals,” Cicilline told ABC6 News.

Governor Gina Raimondo (D-RI) feel Rhode Island should be doing more on the state level. She is still pushing for a state wide band and semi automatic rifles, among other gun control measures.

“Enough is enough,” Raimondo told reporters Monday. “This is the 12th time I’ve had to lower the flags to half mast since I’ve been governor. Thoughts and prayers are good and we are doing that but they’re not enough and we need action to reduce gun violence so the sort of violence stops happening.”

Greenman says right now his focus is not on gun laws but on comforting his community.

(C) WLNE-TV 2018