Jewish community members gather in Pelham Parkway to stand in solidarity with victims in Israel
The impact of the Israel-Hamas war is being felt locally, and members of the Jewish community came together for a night of prayer for those in Israel.
"My brother is over there, we have family over there, but to be honest we are all brothers of mankind, we all share the world together, and we all have to live in a better world," said Rabbi Saadia Pewzner of the Bronx Jewish Center. "We have to get together, as mankind and ask ourselves how [such a thing could] happen."
The prayer night, hosted by the Bronx Jewish Center, had attendees light a candle for those who have died as a result of these attacks. Members of the center shared words of hope with each other and prayed for members of the Israeli military.
"I have family all over Israel... it's just scary because you don't know, this could be the last time saying goodbye to them, it's a very scary situation," said 15-year-old Shlomo Weitzman.
Law enforcement officials remain outside of the synagogue as an extra layer of protection as tensions have risen over the past few days on the conflict.