Some on Twitter described unheard of turnout for services, and synagogue parking lots overflowing and lines out the door. Some synagogues even performed two services to make sure everyone had the chance to attend that night.
We waited hours in the rain to be able to pray for those who lost their lives for their faith. They will never enter a synagogue again. We will. And we will live for what they died for #ShowUpForShabbat #SolidarityShabbat #ShabbatShalom Pix credit: @rosenbergerlm & Meg Kohler pic.twitter.com/1P1jMW7Ie9— Geovanny Vicente Romero (@GeovannyVicentR) November 3, 2018
Some members of the Jewish community according to The New York Times, including Mr. Schor a member of the Lincoln Square Synagogue in Manhattan said, "Nothing will prevent me from coming [to synagogue].. Our strength comes from daily unity. We draw additional strength from each other in challenging times."Others, such as Jennifer Mendelsohn, found solace in the unprecidented turnout for Shabbat services and wrote about their experiences on twitter. Mendelsohn wrote, "Tonight was astonishing. HUNDREDS of people came to our synagogue to #showupforshabbat. There was nowhere to park. Nowhere to sit. Not enough prayer books. But we sang and we mourned and we were together and we weren’t afraid. And that was exactly what we needed." Expressing the sentiment that she no longer feels afraid with her fellow community members by her side, going out of their way to show support on a night where Jews and non-Jews sang together, mourned together and stood up to antisemitism as a country.
Thanks to all the Gentiles who honored #ShowUpForShabbat at our synagogue this evening. The feeling of community was very powerful.— Daniel W. Drezner (@dandrezner) November 3, 2018
Tonight was astonishing. HUNDREDS of people came to our synagogue to #showupforshabbat. There was nowhere to park. Nowhere to sit. Not enough prayer books. But we sang and we mourned and we were together and we weren’t afraid. And that was exactly what we needed.— Jennifer Mendelsohn (@CleverTitleTK) November 3, 2018