Photography by Mei-Chun Jau.

The Preston Hollow community mourned with the rest of the country in the wake of the shootings Saturday of the  11 people killed  while worshipping at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pennsylvania, according to The Dallas Morning News.

“In the face of darkness, the face of death, we embrace life,” said Mike Sims, president of Temple Emanu-El in North Dallas.

In a release, Sims and Rabbi David Stern said, “We also want to assure you that Temple Emanu-El has taken active steps today and in the past several months to ensure that our security is strong and our congregational and ECEC communities are safe. Security at Temple has been increased for the immediate future, including our Youth Learning + Engagement program and the ECEC’s Fall Festival on Sunday, and during weekday school hours and other upcoming events.”

Mayor Mike Rawlings, who was at the Buenos Aires Urban 20 Mayors Summit tweeted, “I am lifted up in the wake of tragedy, time and time again, by the good people of our city, and the overwhelming love that you show to one another… Over my 40 years living here, I have come to see the Jewish people as the backbone our city, constantly working to make Dallas better.”

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