Des Moines synagogue packed for Monday night vigil

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DES MOINES- The The auditorium at Tifereth Synagogue was packed on Monday night.
This special service honored the lives of those lost in the Squirrel Hill shooting.

“You can’t make logic out of hate,” said Connie Ryan, the executive director of the Interfaith Alliance of Iowa.

That tragedy hitting especially close to home for one man who recently moved to Newton from Pittsburgh.

“It’s just so tragic and so heart-breaking to know that my Squirrel Hill and my Pittsburgh is now 
going to be known on the list of cities like Charleston, Orlando and Las Vegas,” said Matt Fiedel, who moved here from Pittsburgh just a couple of months ago.

It wasn’t only Jews who enveloped Matt and his fellow mourners—but Gentiles of many faiths from all across the Metro.

“We are so overwhelmed as a Jewish community by the support that we never imagined when we started to put something like this together,” said Rabbi Emily Barton, of the Tifereth Israel Synagogue.

And while some are still reeling from the pain, it’s sparked a ringing call for solidarity.

“Did these 11 people die for nothing or or are we going to unite?” said Rabbi Yossi Jacobson of Lubavitch of Iowa.

“We stand with you tonight, we will stand with you tomorrow, and we will stand with you in every day to come,” said Rev. Matt Mardis-LeCroy, pastor of the Plymouth Congregational Church.

It’s a defining moment for the community and one they hope will truly bring the community together. 

“It’s sad that it has to be a tragedy that does this, and yet here it is before us, and we weep together and we mourn together and we turn to God because nothing less will do,” said Pastor Mike Householder of the Lutheran Church of Hope. 

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