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      Ottumwa synagogue marks Passover with moment of silence for Kansas City victims

      The weekend shooting at a Jewish Community Center near Kansas City is still fresh in the minds of religious groups and others across the country.

      The Ottumwa Jewish population is a small one, but its members act as a support system for one another. The B'nai Jacob synagogue came together to celebrate the beginning of Passover Monday evening. Passover is one of the holiest weeks in the Jewish faith. It celebrates the freedom of Jews from Egyptian rule.

      Before the Seder meal Monday, the group took a moment of silence for the victims of the shooting.

      "The Jewish people have survived for thousands and thousands of years because of unity and strength," said Phillip Stillman, Board Member of the B'nai Jacob Synagogue. "And we owe it to all of us to stay together and keep it going. This is what we believe."

      Stillman said about 25 people, some Jewish and some not, participate in the Passover meal each year.

      The B'nai Jacob synagogue will be celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.