'Stronger Than Hate': Hundreds Gather in Song, Prayer for Pittsburgh Synagogue Victims in Miami Beach Vigil - NBC 6 South Florida

'Stronger Than Hate': Hundreds Gather in Song, Prayer for Pittsburgh Synagogue Victims in Miami Beach Vigil

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    Locals Gather For Pittsburgh Synagogue Victims

    Hundreds of many faiths gathered in front of the Holocaust Memorial in Miami Beach to remember the victims of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting. NBC 6's Jamie Guirola reports.

    (Published Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018)

    Hundreds of people, with their arms wrapped around each other in unity, sang and prayed in a community vigil Tuesday in Miami Beach as the first funerals took place in Pittsburgh for the 11 lives lost in the mass shooting inside a synagogue.

    "The antidote to evil are radical acts of kindness," said Carol Brick-Turn of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation. "To be good to each other, to be kind to each other, and to move forward together in unity."

    Tuesday's memorial took place in front of the Holocaust Memorial on Meridian Drive, a sacred spot and a fitting one to denounce hate and pay tribute to the victims.

    "This is a sacred place not simply because it is a memorial to the horrible, heinous crimes of the past, but it is a reminder to us every day that hate exists," said Miami Beach mayor Dan Gelber.

    Miami Beach Holding Vigil for Synagogue Victims

    [MI] Miami Beach Holding Vigil for Synagogue Victims

    NBC 6's Dan Grossman has more as the memorials continue for those 11 people killed inside a Pittsburgh house of worship this weekend.

    (Published Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018)

    Hate crimes against Jews have surged in the last year. Last Saturday's attack was the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in U.S. history.

    The vigil was organized by the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, but people of all faiths, including Catholics and Muslims, stood in condemnation.

    "We're coming together as one community as a sign of hope and God's presence among us," said Father Pat O'Neill of the Archdiocese of Miami.

    Pittsburgh Mayor Wants Trump to Postpone Visit

    [NATL] Pittsburgh Mayor Wants Trump to Postpone Visit
    President Trump is scheduled to visit Pittsburgh on Tuesday to pay his respects to victims of the Tree of Life synagogue massacre, despite calls from city officials asking him to postpone the trip. "We do not have enough public safety officials to provide enough protection at the funerals and to be able at the same time draw attention to a potential presidential visit," Mayor William Peduto said.
    (Published Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018)

    Meanwhile, President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrived in Pittsburgh Tuesday amid protestors, taking heat for his rhetoric and the timing of his visit.

    "Now is not the time, I’m telling you," Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz said. "I’ve been a Jew my whole life. And I know what our traditions are. There is a time for the president to come. I’m not suggesting there isn’t. But this is not it."

    Pittsburgh city officials called for Trump to postpone his visit, citing that the city doesn't have enough public safety officials to provide protection or for the city to be able to handle the attention of a presidential visit.

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