Myers had just begun his sermon when a gunman began shooting, eventually killing 11 people.
Mayor Bill Peduto called the attack "the darkest day in Pittsburgh's history". In recent years, it has expanded its work to help non-Jewish refugees. "It is part of the fabric of Pittsburgh".
"It's a tight-knit community, everyone knows everyone", said Adam Hertzman, the federation's marketing director.
Vickar said the Edmonton Jewish community is planning more prayer services to honour the victims and their families. "We will not try to rationalise irrational behaviour, we will not find ways to lessen it", he said.
"There are awful hateful people everywhere but we are lucky we live in a place where police care about us and they come right away", Butler told Global News. As CEO Mark Hetfield has said, "We made a decision to help, not because they are Jewish, but because we are Jewish".
The three men and eight women killed include Rose Mallinger, a 97-year-old resident of the predominantly Jewish neighbourhood; and Cecil and David Rosenthal, two brothers in their 50s and the youngest of the victims; and Bernice Simon and her husband Sylvan, both in their 80s.
They were remembered as accomplished members of the community. Multiple casualties have been reported at the synagogue. He ordered flags at federal buildings to be flown at half-mast for the victims.
The massacre came at a time of increasing anti-Semitism in the U.S. Earlier this year, the Anti-Defamation League reported a almost 60 percent rise in anti-Semitic incidents in 2017 - the largest single-year increase since the ADL began its tracking almost three decades ago. "It will require all of us working together to extract the hateful poison of anti-Semitism from the world", he said. "May we all today respect and love our neighbors as ourselves". Contributing to this report were Associated Press writers Mark Gillispie and Gene Puskar in Pittsburgh, Eric Tucker and Michael Balsamo in Washington, Marc Levy in Harrisburg, Michael Kunzelman in Silver Spring, Maryland, and Michael Rubinkam in northeastern Pennsylvania.
Mr Bowers faces 29 criminal charges, including obstruction of exercise of religious beliefs, a hate crime, and using a firearm to commit murder.
Bowers was a long-haul trucker who worked for himself, U.S. Attorney Scott Brady said Sunday.
The remaining seven counts relate to his attack on responding officers.
The federal complaint stated that Bowers was armed with three Glock.357 handguns and a Colt AR-15 model SP1.
Apparently unable to see Werber and the other congregants in the darkness, Bowers walked back out.
The suspect was also wounded in a shootout with police.
Thousands of people, some holding candles, gathered for a vigil in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood on Saturday night in honor of the victims, whose names were not immediately released.
"Three of these fearless men were shot by Bowers", Brady said at a press conference.
Earlier, however, he said one answer to apparent hate crimes was to provide guards at places of worship, not to tighten gun laws.
They also are investigating his cyberactivities.
HIAS is the acronym for the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society.
Rabbi Myers, who helped get police to the scene by making an emergency call, said Monday on ABC's "Good Morning America" that he didn't always make a habit of carrying a cellphone on the Sabbath - until August, when a security expert advised him to do so. "Screw your optics, I'm going in".
The suspect was shot and is in hospital, the authorities said.
- Los Angeles Dodgers fans boo Dave Roberts before World Series Game 5
- Theresa May says Saudi account on Khashoggi lacks credibility
- USA revoking visas, exploring sanctions in Khashoggi death
- Person arrested over United States mail-bombings
- Penalty for cancelling Saudi arms contract ‘in the billions,’ Trudeau says
- Killing of Jamal Khashoggi was premeditated - Saudi prosecutors
- After Obama, Hillary and CNN, actor Robert de Niro gets parcel bomb
- The new Apple Watch is basically an extreme Life Alert
- Caravan inches closer to border as many reject Mexican asylum
- Tesla Follows Through with Elon Musk’s Model 3 Promise