Local Jewish leaders to lead communitywide vigil after mass shooting in Pittsburgh synagogue
MADISON, Wis. — Madison’s Jewish leaders are leading an effort Sunday evening to bring people together to mourn the 11 people killed in Saturday’s mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue.
The Madison Vigil for Grief and Interfaith Solidarity is scheduled for 7 p.m. Oct. 28 at First Unitarian Society on University Bay Drive.
The service will be led by Rabbi Jonathan Biatch of Temple Bethel El, who says people of all faiths are encouraged to attend.
“As we mourn the 11 people killed in the mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, we come together to offer support to one another and to stand against hate, white supremacy, and religious bigotry,” wrote Biatch in a press release sent to News 3. “We say no to antisemitism, racism, and Islamophobia. We say yes to love, compassion, and welcome.”
On Saturday, a gunman killed 11 people during a shooting rampage at a Pittsburgh synagogue. He has now been charged with 29 federal crimes, including weapons offenses and hate crimes.
Police say the attack went on for 20 minutes. The FBI is leading the ongoing investigation.
The Anti-Defamation League called the shooting the “deadliest attack on Jews in U.S. history.”
President Donald Trump has ordered flags to fly at half-staff on all federal buildings through Oct. 31.
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