Dodge, Donna Cool, Pittsburgh discussed on Weekend Edition Sunday


Here. But the complicate matters for the NRA, the attorney general of New York NPR on Saturday that their office has issued subpoenas and opened an investigation into the gun rights group facing difficulties fundraising, internal turmoil and an external investigation, but the new York Attorney General the National Rifle Association appears more vulnerable than it has been in decades to MAC NPR news Indianapolis last night in Pittsburgh residents gathered for a vigil to honor the victims of the synagogue shooting in powei, California, a suburb of San Diego, they said kaddish the Jewish prayer for the dead for the woman who died in the attack. Among those attending was Donna cool. She is the president of door to hush one of the congregations that uses the tree of life synagogue, where six months ago to the day eleven people were killed in a hate crime attack. She joins us now on the line. Welcome to the program. Thank you. I wonder what your reaction was when you heard the news yesterday about the attack. Well, I felt sick and heartbroken as I have with every attack over the last several months. If it's very upsetting. Can you tell us a little bit about last night's gathering? Yeah. So congregation were dodge is it lay led egalitarian congregation, and we were just searching for what to do. Besides just releasing statements. One of our members Judy Anna with having idea to have a vigil. And so we contacted as many members of squirrel hill community and Jewish community that we could me gathered at the tree of life building where the shooting had occurred in October. This was the six months anniversary to the day of that shooting. And we met we sang and we had prayers and our mayor spoke, and we stood there in the rain together. I'm engine. It must be very difficult to gather like that at a time like this when we've seen so many attacks against religious groups lately in Sri Lanka New Zealand here in the United States is that a way to make sense of this. Well, I don't know that we can totally make sense at all. I mean, I think we're all struggling with it. I think one of the things we've learned is. As a community. We're both. We try to be very kind to each other. And we also try to be very helpful to the to the world at large where we're having a marches in Pittsburgh today, we care about gun violence. I'm excited about some of the young people studying technology, maybe we can stop some of the internet explosion. That's increasing this kind of violent language. So I'm I'm hopeful that there are things that we can do to make changes for our next generation. Are there any words for the members of the powei synagogue after your community went through something like this? What what would you say to them? Well, first of all I want to extend my condolences to the whole community on the loss of Lori. Gilbert, k I. It's very important to say the names of the people who have died. So that people will know that they'll be remembered and we extend our our Karen our comfort to this community. And we're happy to talk with them at any time. And to just encourage them to be strong and loving through this very horrible experience. It's been six months since the tree of life shootings. How is your congregation doing? Well, we're pretty strong and tough little group. We hold together, we're helping our most vulnerable members. And a lot of us who have never had to step up before are stepping up and trying to make a difference. So we're okay. Donna kufo.

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