OGDEN — A local Jewish congregation will host a special service on Saturday in remembrance of the 11 people killed at a Pittsburgh synagogue last week.
Ogden’s Congregation Brith Sholem, 2750 Grant Ave., will have a special Havdalah service at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3. The event is free and open to the public.
A Havdalah service signifies the end of the weekly Sabbath. Havdalah services are held on Saturday evenings, according to Benjamin Zack, a board member for the congregation and organizer for the event.
Zack, a former Standard-Examiner photographer, said the Saturday service seemed like a good opportunity to bring community members together.
Jacques Behar, president of the Congregation Brith Sholem, said the names of the 11 people killed will be read during the service on Saturday.
Behar said in his 26 years at the congregation there have been very few anti-Semitic incidents that have occurred.
However, that hasn’t stopped him from reaching out to local law enforcement in the past. Behar said he regularly notifies local police around Jewish high holidays about the increased activity at the synagogue. He’s also asked for increased officer patrols around the synagogue during the holidays.
In the past week, Behar said he set up a meeting with local police in light of the shooting in Pittsburgh.
In a letter posted on its website shortly after the shooting, the congregation said members were “shocked and feel very deep sadness after the heinous crime” committed against those at the Tree of Life Congregation and against all Jewish people.
“Let the lives lost (Saturday, Oct. 27) be a reminder to us for many generations that violence and hatred must be fought in every generation, and may we live and act to see a better day,” the letter said.