United Synagogue of Hoboken to host vigil for Pittsburgh hate crime victims; JC planning

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The United Synagogue of Hoboken at 115 Park Ave. scheduled a memorial vigil Monday evening, Oct. 29, in memory of those who were killed in the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pa. on Saturday. The vigil will be against hatred and intolerance.

On Oct. 27, 11 people were killed in a shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh Penn. during services.

According to reports, Robert Bowers, age 46, of Baldwin, surrendered to authorities and faces 29 charges including 11 counts of using a firearm to commit murder and multiple counts of obstruction of the exercise of religious beliefs resulting in death, and obstruction of the exercise of religious beliefs resulting in bodily injury to a public safety officer.

“We’re still learning more about the horrific mass shooting that took place at the Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh this morning, but my heart is aching for the Jewish families who’ve been torn apart by violence on the Sabbath. Likewise, my thoughts are with the families of the first responders who bravely put themselves in harm’s way to protect others,” said U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez in a statement.  “In the United States of America, everyone deserves the right to worship without fear. This is a heartbreaking reminder that anti-Semitism is never dead, but simply dormant, and all too easily awoken by those who stoke hate. Ultimately, we need more than thoughts and prayers and kind words during this time. Only when we pass commonsense gun safety measures will the American people know we are serious about protecting them. The President’s callous comments show us why we need reasonable gun safety measures in our country. Instead, the president is again dismissing common sense gun laws in favor of more guns – this time in our houses of worship. Houses of worship in the United States of America should not require armed guards.”

Last year, during a hate march in Charlottesville, Va., marchers also recited anti-Semitic statements.

The Hoboken vigil will be held on Oct. 29 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Jersey City officials said they are discussing having an event later in the week.1

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