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Lilly Abadi tilted her head down. Her teary eyes gazed at her clasped hands, which were resting on her lap. She nodded her head and mumbled affirming words to almost every statement of comfort that the two rabbis spoke.
Before the speeches began, Abadi walked through the sanctuary collecting tzadaka—charity—for another family in need. An older woman, she weaved through the crowd of young girls, mothers, and grandmothers. The men sat on the other side of the sanctuary, partially hidden by a mechitza, or partition.
Abadi was one of a few hundred community members at Congregation Shaare Zion