They got there early, as they liked to do, and talked with fellow synagogue members before the service started on time. Not long after it started, however, they heard a crash.
What ensued was the murder of 11 Tree of Life worshippers at the hands of an anti-Semitic and anti-immigrant gunman. Wedner was injured, but survived — her mother Rose did not.
Wedner opened up to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency about the story of that tragic day and of her mother, who she described as a joyful spirit who loved her life.