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PHOTOS: Vigil in Mel Lastman Square honours victims of Pittsburgh shooting

Hundreds of mourners gathered in Mel Lastman Square on Monday evening to honour the victims of a shooting in Pittsburgh over the weekend. Prayers were read and songs were sung. Minister Bill Blair and the United Jewish Appeal Federation of Greater Toronto president Adam Minsky were among many that spoke at the vigil, expressing their condolences to family and friends of the victims as well as the Jewish community.

On Oct. 27, a gunman opened fire on worshippers at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, killing 11 people. The victims are Joyce Fienberg, Richard Gottfried, Rose Mallinger,  Jerry Rabinowitz, Cecil Rosenthal, David Rosenthal, Bernice Simon, Sylvan Simon, Daniel Stein, Melvin Wax and Irving Younger.

All photos by Elana Emer

“Tonight Canada stands with the Jewish community in our resolve never to give in to hatred,” said Minister Bill Blair to the crowd.

Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders looks on at the crowd in Mel Lastman Square.


UJA President and CEO Adam Minsky says, “We are not alone in the fight against antisemitism and hate.”


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