Members of the interfaith community packed White’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Southlake on Monday night in a show of solidarity with Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville.
Cantor Jeffrey Weber from Fort Worth said Saturday’s standoff reminded him of the Tree of Life Synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 2018. Weber’s son was attending the University of Pittsburgh nearby at the time.
“I feel bad for the rabbi,” Weber said. He brought his guitar to sing two healing songs at Monday’s service.
Weber, a former opera singer in New York City, said playing music has helped him deal with the trauma of Saturday’s events.
Cindy Simon said being at Monday’s service was a form of healing. Simon said she’s personal friends with Rabbi Cytron-Walker and his wife, Adena.
“It was important to show up and even risk COVID so we could be here in solidarity,” she said.
Farid Saiyed with the Islamic Association of Tarrant County said bringing people together from different faiths is key to reducing religious violence.
“If we can meet each other as people of faith, then it will give us more understanding of each other and reduce these kinds of incidences,” he said.