The Adas Yoshuron synagogue in Rockland is one of many opening their doors to the public after the weekend mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue. Credit: CBS 13

A place of worship in Rockland held a vigil Monday night for the victims of Saturday’s massacre in Pittsburgh.

In an emotional ceremony, hundreds gathered inside and even outside the Adas Yoshuron synagogue.

“I am heartbroken the violence of this kind has become almost commonplace now in this country, and it has once again come to my doorstep, to my very neighbor,” said Jamie Way, a Pittsburgh native who now lives in Damariscotta.

She recalls Squirrel Hill, the neighborhood of the Tree of Life Synagogue as a diverse place of peace.

“Nobody cares if your Jewish, Christian, or Muslim or Asian or Italian or African-American because we all lived together,” Way said. “Anti-Semitism and all forms of racism have no place in America.”

Jewish leaders offered comfort for those searching for hope and strength.

“This is a time for all of us to hug our families closely,” organizer Stuart Finklestein said. “This is a time for us to commit to making this a safer world.”

Way said her hometown is strong and that its people will stand together through the suffering.

“I have been told the synagogue is in terrible shape,” Way said. “We don’t know the future of Tree of Life, but I can look at this group here tonight on Maine. My new home, and know the roots of a tree go deep.”

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