More than 200 religious leaders, rabbis, and community members came together last week at Long Beach City Hall to mourn the loss of 11 worshipers killed in the deadliest antisemitic attack in U.S. history.
They held a candlelight vigil and spoke about solidarity and unity in the aftermath of the “senseless act of hate and violence” against people of the Jewish faith. The names of the Pittsburgh synagogue victims were read aloud.
“Tonight we came together as a community not only to mourn the loss of 11 precious lives but to explicitly demonstrate that we will not and cannot tolerate any act of antisemitism and hate of any kind based upon an individual’s faith,” City Council Vice President Chumi Diamond, who organized the vigil along with city officials, told those who gathered outside the building in Kennedy Plaza. “We gathered to say that the murder of 11 Jews is against our way of life and against the values we as Americans hold dear and defend at any cost. Let us together send our thoughts and prayers to the families of those impacted by this act of senseless hate and pray for the full and complete recovery of those injured.”