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November 2, 2018  RSS feed
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Pasco JCC hosts interfaith memorial service


Imam Ahmed Aly and his family were among those who attended the memorial service in Port Richey Imam Ahmed Aly and his family were among those who attended the memorial service in Port Richey The Jewish Community Center of West Pasco/Congregation Beth Tefillah honored the fallen at the Pittsburgh Tree of Life synagogue at a memorial service Nov. 1 attended by more than 200, including representatives and clergy of various faiths.

One of the most moving speakers was Imam Ahmed Aly, of the Islamic Center of New Port Richey. He spoke of love and the need for us to care about each other aside from our religious beliefs.

Past president Phil Cohen, who grew up in Pittsburgh and had his bar mitzvah and Confirmation at the Tree of Life Synagogue, described the warmth and loving kindness of that synagogue and the Jewish community of Squirrel Hill.

Others addressed the need to stand up to those who would foment hate.

A number of community leaders also spoke, including Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco who stressed the need to learn from such terrible events.

Daryl Stevenson, president of the African American Club of Pasco, remembered the victims but also noted that four policemen were injured, two seriously, when they responded to a heavily armed gunman. Police officers in the audience were asked to stand and received applause for their efforts to protect the community.

“We can only hope that this tragedy will drive home the need for all of us to appreciate the need to care about one another,” said Marc Yacht who was brought to tears by the outpouring of support. “Those that were there tonight will long remember the events of the evening. So many churches were represented, sending out a singular message of peace and love and simply a need to get along.”


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