The Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas is condemning the shooting at Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh–which left 11 dead and several more wounded.

“It was a heinous, dastardly terrorist attack made worse if possible, by the fact that it targeted people at prayer at Shabbat services,” said JCRC’s Steve Hunegs, and he added that it was a direct attack on Judaism and America’s Jewish community.

Steve Hunegs, executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas.

Hunegs said the JCRC is working with local law enforcement to bolster community security in the wake of the attack. “Security has also been important in the Jewish community, but we all have to redouble our efforts there, too,” he said, “Secondly, we have to make sure that our institutions, our synagogues, and schools all remain warm and welcoming places. Of course, it’s sometimes a difficult balance to strike but we must try our very best.”

He added that since Saturday’s attack, there’s been “an almost bottomless reservoir of goodwill” from people throughout the state.