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“All of us in the Jewish community are thinking ‘that could be us,’” Ballaban said. “Saturday shook a lot of people but tonight was evidence that Dayton is a beautiful community. Jews in this area and around the world are learning that we are not alone.”
Several police officers attended as a means of security, an extra factor Ballaban described as “an important piece of this event” to provide reassurance.
“I can’t put into words what the police have done for us. They showed up in numbers to prove they care and we are grateful.”
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Attendees signed cards and provided donations for funeral expenses, therapy, counseling and other needs the federation will send to Pittsburgh.
“We want to overwhelm them with love. We can’t undo what was done, but we can help them to move forward,” Ballaban said.