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Kingston Jewish congregation prays for Boston in aftermath of bombings

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KINGSTON – Rabbi Yitzchok Hecht of Congregation Agudas Achim in Kingston felt the community of the Hudson Valley should do something spiritual for the victims of the Boston Marathon attacks so his synagogue held a special prayer service Tuesday.

Congregants and others prayed for the dead and injured and their families, but also for the entire country, said Rabbi Hecht.

“I don’t think it was just something against some people running in a race in Boston, Massachusetts; it was something really against all of us,” he said after the service. “Unfortunately, it took place at that time, at that place and those people, but it was really technically speaking every single American’s name was on that bomb.”

Hecht said the bombing struck everyone around the nation regardless of where we were.