More than 3,000 Attend San Diego Vigil for Victims of Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting

October 31, 2018


unnamed-4Just days after the horrific Pittsburgh synagogue attack in which 11 people were killed the San Diego community came together at Congregation Beth Israel to honor the victims and stand against hate.

More than 3,000 people, including clergy, elected officials, law enforcement and community leaders came together for the Anti-Defamation League-sponsored Standing Together Against Hate: A Community Vigil Monday evening.

“We stand with them to honor those who were lost,” Mayor Kevin Faulconer said. “We stand with them in the fight against those who manufacture hatred and division. And we stand with them proudly to say that anti-Semitism, racism and bigotry not only is unacceptable, it is profoundly un-American.”

An anti-Semitic gunman drove to the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh during Saturday morning services and killed 11 congregants. It was the deadliest attack on Jews in U.S. history and the killer could face the death penalty.

The vicimts ranged in age from 54 to 97-year-old great-grandmother Rose Mallinger.

“It is simply unconscionable for Jews to be targeted during worship on a Sabbath morning, and unthinkable that it would happen in the United States of America in this day and age,” ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt said after the attack. “Unfortunately, this violence occurs at a time when ADL had reported a historic increase in both anti-Semitic incidents and anti-Semitic online harassment.”

ADL extended a special thanks to their partners in helping us to bring the vigil to our community after the event: Congregation Beth Israel, the Jewish Community Foundation San Diego, Jewish Family Service of San Diego, Jewish Federation of San Diego County, the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, Leichtag Foundation, and the San Diego Rabbinical Association. The evening was a true reflection of how important it is for us to join together to make San Diego No Place for Hate.

ADL’s second Walk Against Hate will take place on May 19, 2019.


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