Updated 05/23/2009 05:22 PM
Services Held At Relieved Bronx Synagogue
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Saturday morning services were held at the Bronx Jewish synagogue allegedly targeted in a foiled bomb plot.
Worshippers from different religions attended the service at Riverdale Temple to show their support for the Jewish community.
"I came this morning out of a sense of solidarity," said worshipper Rob Snyder. "When people live under the threat of an attack like these folks are, I thought it would be a good thing to come up and worship with them today."
"I wanted to show my support and solidarity for the people here at Riverdale Temple and show them I'm not afraid to walk through those doors and be a proud Riverdalean," said worshipper Beth Schafer.
Temple officials said that they want to return to a normal state, but still remain vigilant.
"Our message has been, unfortunately, these things happen in our world today. They happen everywhere to everyone," said Rabbi Judith Lewis of Riverdale Temple. "We've known that since September 11th, some of us knew that before. We have to get on with celebrating our heritage and living our lives and sharing the message that peace and respect for humanity are what we are about."
"It's are a very close knit community anyway, but I think people are sort of rallying. In times of trouble like this people sort of come together more," said another worshipper. "I think people are showing their concern and support for each other."
The four men charged in the case, James Cromitie, David Williams, Onta Williams and LaGuerre Payen, are in jail and due back in court next month.
Authorities say the suspects were arrested Wednesday after planting what they thought were explosives outside the synagogue and nearby Riverdale Jewish Center.