In light of Saturday’s shooting at a Pittsburgh Synagogue that killed 11 people, leaders within the Birmingham Jewish community are holding a vigil to mourn the tragedy. The vigil will take place outside Temple Beth-El on Tuesday, October 30 at 6:30pm.
Participating Birmingham Jewish Organizations
All local Jewish organizations in Birmingham will be participating in the vigil, including Temple Emanu-El, Temple Beth-El, Knesseth Israel and Chabad of Alabama.
In a message from Temple Beth-El’s Board President Dan Weinrib, Rabbi Stephen Slater and Executive Director Bob Green,
“We are saddened by this hateful act. We grieve with our fellow Jews and our fellow human beings. Hate has no place in our country, and as a Jewish community we are united in showing strength and solidarity that religious hatred and violence are unacceptable.”
Other Churches And Groups Participating
Many Birmingham churches and faith groups will attend the vigil to stand in solidarity with the Jewish community. They have also taken to social media to share the event and encourage others to join.
“Citizens of Birmingham know all too well the impact of racially motivated violence from our history, and this most recent act of domestic terrorism has brought forth traumatic memories for many in our community,” Rev. Julie Conrady, minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Birmingham said.
“We gather on Tuesday to honor those lives lost in this senseless tragedy and to support our local Jewish communities by reminding all people that diversity is beautiful and love triumphs over hate.”
Highlands United Methodist Church has also taken to social media to spread word about the vigil and to encourage its members to attend the event and stand with the Jewish community.
The vigil will be held outside Temple Beth-El on Tuesday, October 30 at 6:30pm. All are welcome to attend the vigil to stand in unity with the Jewish community.