In the wake of a deadly attack on a U.S. synagogue, people of faith from across the Greater Toronto Area gathered at Jewish places of worship on Saturday in an act of defiant solidarity.
More than 200 attendees from various religious backgrounds formed "rings of peace" around 10 synagogues throughout the region on the Sabbath, a weekly day of observance in Judaism.
The events were organized by several Muslim community groups and included prayers, hymns, statements of support and an opportunity to meet neighbours.
"It is our faith that keeps us together. When one person is hurt in our community, through our moral and religious obligation, we are supposed to help," said Osman Khan, spokesperson for the Imdadul Islamic Centre, one of the groups behind the show of solidarity.