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After Last Weekend’s Horrific Shooting, Local Jewish Congregation To Hold Public Prayer Vigil

This past weekend brought much sadness as the country experienced one of the most horrible mass shootings in the country at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh which claimed the lives of 11 Jewish people. In response to the incident, a local Edgewater congregation will hold a public prayer vigil to remember the lives which were lost last Saturday.

Emanuel Congregation of Chicago at 5959 N. Sheridan Rd. will hold the event at 8 p.m. this Friday at their synagogue. It is open to the public and everyone is welcome to attend. The prayer vigil will memorialize those that were killed, those that were injured and their families.

Alderman Harry Osterman said in an emailed statement today, “Together, we mourn the tragic loss of life from the mass shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh over the weekend. The 11 individuals killed and those injured were gathered together in peaceful prayer and worshiping their Jewish faith. This horrific shooting represents the deadliest attack against Jewish people in our country’s history. Our sincere thoughts and prayers are with the victims, those injured, their families as well as the Jewish and Pittsburgh community. We also commend the heroic efforts of the first responders, some that were injured, who prevented a further loss of life. Synagogues across Chicago, including Emanuel Congregation, have had heightened police security since this shooting.”

The Alderman added that he hopes that all can join him and their neighbors this Friday at the prayer vigil.

Emanuel Congregation, which has served Chicago for more than 140 years, is known for its values on building community and inclusive views. According to their mission, Emanuel Congregation’s doors are open to all who seek richer, more meaningful lives. Their diverse community engages in prayer, lifelong learning and tikkun olam (repairing the world), empowering adults and children alike to apply Jewish values to our everyday lives and to be a collective force for good.

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