A Jewish temple in Victoria, Texas, has opened their doors to local Muslims after someone set fire to their mosque.
Early Saturday morning, members of the Victoria Islamic Center were notified that that their mosque had been destroyed by a fire overnight.
The incident occurred just hours after President Donald Trump signed his controversial executive order blocking citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States. At this time, the cause of the fire is unknown and being investigated.
The small town of 62,000 immediately came together, with leaders of different faiths sharing their support.
Members of the one Jewish temple in the town, the Congregation B’Nai Israel, were the first to offer their house of worship. They handed their synagogue’s keys to one of the mosque’s founders.
“We were very happy to do this,” Melvin Lack, treasurer of Congregation B’Nai Israel tells USA TODAY. “You feel what’s happening in the community and everyone reacts.”
It’s not the first time the religious community in Victoria, Texas, have come together when one of their members have been vandalized:
In 2008, the Temple B’Nai Israel was vandalized when assailants painted swastikas and other anti-Semitic slurs on the building. The perpetrators were caught and the temple was cleaned. “Throughout that time period, churches and the Muslim community, everyone poured out their hearts to us and said this is horrible,” says Lack.
Days after last weekend’s fire, the community continues to lend a helping hand. On Tuesday, pictures emerged showing students from a local Catholic high school holding signs of love and support.