OAKLAND, Calif. (KTVU) - There’s sadness and frustration at Temple Sinai in Oakland.
“We don’t want to live in a world where there is this kind of hatred and this kind of violence,” said Rabbi Jacqueline Mates-Muchin.
However, leaders aren’t scared after a gunman opened fire at a synagogue in Pittsburgh killing 11 people and injuring others; they’re hopeful.
“I do believe we can build and will build a world that’s better than this, but we have to start working together in a different way,” said Mates-Muchin.
They will be vigilant, though. The temple will increase security and make members more aware of exits just in case.
“It’s reality and these kinds of mass shootings happen so it’s not the first time it’s occurred to me that something like this could happen here it just hits closer to home, it’s more personal,” said Mates-Muchin.
Picking up the pieces following this tragedy is tough. That’s where love from other religious leaders and community members comes in.
“The community is what helps to give us strength as we move forward,” said Mates-Muchin.