LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Pieces of paper line the walls of the Jewish Community Center in Louisville, printed on each one a statement of solidarity with the Jewish community. Hundreds gathered around the front steps of the JCC Sunday afternoon as a show of support after a bomb threat was called in to the center Wednesday and as other Jewish community centers continue to be targeted around the country.
"We all just kind of sat there quietly for a few minutes and said, 'I can't believe this keeps happening,'" Dani Harper, one of the rally attendees, said.
"It really touched hard because when you know that all your brothers and sisters through the other faiths are being harmed, it harms you too. We're all together in this," Kaitlin Calvery, a 7th grader, said.
While Calvery may be young, she knows she can make a difference along with the rest of the crowd that is ready for a change.
"It makes me happy that so many people are supporting this great cause and it gives me hope that it's going to turn out better," she said.
"It breaks my heart that there are still these kinds of things going on in today's culture," Harper said.
The rally's speakers called upon people to stand together against hate and fear.
"Unfortunately, we have to do this too many times in recent years," Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Kentucky, said. "The good news is though that we keep doing it."
"There's a lot more hope and loving compassion in my heart," Calvery said.