ST. LOUIS – Sixty-four hundred miles from the Temple Shaare Emeth is a world in war. It's the source of heartache for the people who come to Friday night Shabbat services in St. Louis.
"A lot of members of the congregation have family in Israel. There are no winners in war," said Rabbi Jeffrey Stiffman.
Stiffman is thinking of his two grandchildren living in Arab homes in Northern Israel. He's not the only one thinking of family. As the sun sets in Florissant, the thoughts of a woman here are 6400 miles away in the Gaza Strip.
"The last time were able to get hold of them was day before yesterday," said Henan Hamdan.
Her cousins live around the rehab hospital filled with paralyzed and unconscious patients. Israeli forces bombed the hospital. Hamdan has no idea if her family survived.
"I think, 'Where is the humanity?' I have children, nieces, nephews," she said.
She's a nurse at Christian Northeast. She wishes she could go to Gaza and help her people.
"Every time I see a shortage in a hospital, I think man I could just back up a couple of suitcases and help them. I wish I could."
She said her family just wants to live in peace, in freedom.
It won't happen this night.