Interfaith vigil against hate held in Schenectady

Brooke Selby
Created: January 05, 2020 11:41 PM

SCHENECTADY- Interfaith communities are standing together against hate and intolerance. It's a strong message made even more critical over the course of the last several weeks, in which we saw a number of anti-Semitic attacks in New York, including a stabbing inside a rabbi's home during Hanukkah celebrations.

It was a moving and emotional night as community members came together to stand up to hate at Congregation Gates Of Heaven in Schenectady. Organizers say, the evening was about creating a call to action for the capital region. Faith leaders, elected officials and community members came together on Sunday to pray, sing and say they will not tolerate any type of anti-Semitism.


Community support was visible at the the ceremony where there wasn't an empty chair left in the room. In attendance were members of the Jewish, Sikh, Christian, and Muslim communities. In addition to faith leaders, Congressman Tonko and Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy were there for support. Also at the event, were members of the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom.

The congregation  along with Schenectady Clergy Against Hate decided they needed to organize the interfaith vigil to pray for the deceased in New Jersey and the recovery of the wounded in New York City after both communities experienced attacks during Hanukkah.

Leaders of Congregation Gates Of Heaven say they've received an outpouring of messages and mail from members of the capital region interfaith community, politicians and law enforcement after the most recent attack in Monsey, New York, where five people were stabbed at  a rabbi's home during the holiday. 

Rabbi Matt Cutler of Congregation Gates Of Heaven says he is deeply moved by the communities continued support. 

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