Macon rabbi calls people of all faiths to unite following Pittsburgh synagogue massacre

Macon’s Jewish community will come together with people of all faiths Friday nearly a week after 11 people were slaughtered at a Pittsburgh synagogue.

Rabbi Aaron Sataloff of Temple Beth Israel has been touched by the outpouring of support he’s received in the wake of Saturday’s attack at the Tree of Life Congregation in Pennsylvania.

“This is a moment we can all come together in solidarity,” Sataloff said.

The temple at 892 Cherry St. at the corner of Spring Street will host a Shabbat unity service Friday at 6:30 p.m. with Congregation Sha’arey Israel and people of other religious denominations.

“Not only to come together in solidarity as a Jewish community but to come together as a Macon community of all different faiths,” Sataloff said of the service.

Clergy members from other religions will be invited to participate in the evening service that ushers in the sabbath.

“We thought it was important to show our solidarity with the people of Pittsburgh and all over the country after this horrible incident,” temple president Lawrence Mink said.

Sataloff said the service will be one of the first times in a long time that both Macon’s Jewish congregations will hold a joint service.

“We’re all our brothers’ keeper,” he said.