(WJBK) - It's not coincidence this mass shooting happened on the holiest day of the week for the Jewish people when Synagogues would be busiest for the Sabbath.
While the tragedy was happening in Pittsburgh, here at home people were learning of the shooting while praying in their own synagogues.
“Of course the first thing is shock when you hear something like that, it stops you in your tracks and then just a sense of great loss and concern,” Michael Moskowitz said.
Michael Moskowitz of Temple Shir Shalom in West Bloomfield on the pulpit Saturday morning when a gunman entered a Pittsburgh Synagogue targeting Jewish people during worship and a baby naming ceremony.
“I can't fathom what happened to that community in that moment these people who are there for a baby naming, and against celebrating life they this happens,” Moskowitz said,
“This is the nightmare scenario,” David Kurzmann said, Executive Director of Jewish Community Relations Council AJC
Police say 11 people were killed and four responding officers injured trying to stop the gunman.
“It strikes very close to home for all of us so it's a very sad day,” Kurzmann said.
David Kurzmann (Kers-min) is with the Jewish Community Relations Council they're a group that represents the large Jewish population in metro Detroit.
“We are not alone in our sorrows today and we know that we not alone in being targets of this instances,” he said.
He says they take security very seriously at any event or religious service the organization is involved with.
“So our community should rest assured that we are always working on that so that protocols and procedures are in place to prevent nightmare scenario,” he said.
The Jewish people here at home - standing in solidarity with the Pittsburgh community rocked by this tragedy.
“We are not going to shy away, we are going to continue to come out and celebrate our traditions, faith, and our peoplehood because we are a strong community,” Kurzmann said.