NORFOLK, Va (WAVY) — A service of healing and solidarity was vital for one Suffolk man Monday night.
The Ohef Sholom Temple held a service titled “Standing with Pittsburgh,” in order to provide a place to pray and process following Saturday’s massacre that left 11 people dead at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Synagogue.
More than 100 people attended, many whom aren’t apart of the Ohef Sholom congregation, and many who weren’t Jewish.
“The tears just keep coming and I”m surprised I can talk right now,” said Chuck Zeitman, a Pittsburgh native who spoke to the crowd briefly. “Cause I’m really hurt.”
Zeitman’s connection to the carnage extends beyond being from the Steel City. Zeitman brought along a confirmation program from 1970, the year he was confirmed at Tree of Life.
“I had my Bar Mitzvah there, five years after this my sister was married there,” Zeitman said. “So it has been a part of our life forever.”
Zeitman did not know any of the victims personally, but still knows several people who attend the temple. He said being able to talk aloud about his pain was helpful.
“Getting it out and talking and having people come up to me, I need to know that people are there for me.”