Members of the Jewish community came together Sept. 12 to honor the memories of those who died during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The event gave the community an opportunity to mourn together after 18 months of being apart due to pandemic-related restrictions.

The 35-minute ceremony took place at Columbus Jewish Cemeteries off of Performance Way in Columbus.

“Today, we read the names of 212 individuals who have passed away since March 2020,” Toby Brief, executive director of the Columbus Jewish Historical Society, told the Columbus Jewish News.

“This service was particularly special because it brought members of every Columbus synagogue and organization together in one place to memorialize all of those in our community who had passed away. It reinforces how strong our community is and that we will always gather to be a support for our own. We hope that it brings some small measure of comfort to the mourners.”

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