NAPLES, Fla — A mass shooting half a world away is having an impact in Southwest Florida.
Temple Shalom Rabbi Adam Miller says he reached out to Muslim centers in Naples and Ft. Myers after a tragic shooting in New Zealand. A shooter killed 49 worshipers at two different mosques .
Miller offered them his support, and one of the Imams responded with a message Miller read to his congregation during Friday services.
"Rabbi Miller, thank you so much for your kind words and thoughtfulness during this difficult and trying time, for the Muslim community."
Miller says the Muslim community supported his synagogue when it was vandalized in 2016, and last year when 11 people were killed at a Pittsburgh synagogue.
"We know first hand in the Jewish community, what it can feel like, the terror, the fear of seeing these events happen to members of your own faith in other places, wondering what might be next."
Miller asked people in his congregation to take out their phones and send a message of love and support to any Muslim friends or colleagues.