Tucson candlelight vigil to be held today for Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh

In the wake of the shootings at the Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh on Saturday, the Jewish Federation of the Southern Arizona, local synagogues and Jewish agencies are holding a multifaith vigil tonight at 7 p.m. at the Tucson Jewish Community Center Sculpture Garden.

An email announcement from the Federation sent yesterday says, in part, “Today our hearts remain connected to Pittsburgh as we mourn the loss of 11 innocent lives, and we pray for the recovery of those injured in the heinous act at the Tree of Life Congregation. We remain grateful to members of law enforcement—both those who responded in Pittsburgh and those in Tucson who act with such great care in looking out for our community.

“Even as our emotions are raw we will stand strong in the face of anti-Semitism and all forms of hatred, whenever and wherever it takes place. We will continue to join together to reach out to those in need and to show our support for each other. In an act of rededication towards our collective commitment to repair our world, we invite you to join us.”

Security will be present. Consider carpooling to avoid traffic congestion.  For more information, contact Bryan Davis at the Jewish History Museum, 670-9073 or the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona, 577-9393.