A vigil is planned in Palm Springs this evening to mourn the 11 people killed and six injured in a mass shooting Saturday at a Pittsburgh synagogue.
The vigil will begin at 7 p.m. at Temple Isaiah, 332 West Alejo Rd.
The shootings happened Saturday morning at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh.
The suspect, 46-year-old Robert Bowers, was arrested shortly after the rampage.
Jewish leaders from around the county condemned the attack and stressed the need for unity.
“Our county communities need to work together to address these issues and speak with one strong voice,” Temple Isaiah president Bob Glast told the Desert Sun.
The Coachella Valley is home to an estimated 20,000 American Jews, according to the Jewish Federation of the Desert.
Rabbi Shmuel Fuss of the Chabad Jewish Community Center in Riverside invited the Jewish community to attend synagogue and light Shabbat candles in memory of the victims.
“Our hearts are shattered by the heinous and horrific attack on our brothers and sisters in Pittsburgh,” Fuss said in a statement. “Today more than ever, we need to spread love and unity; positivity and light. We must continue to walk to our synagogues proudly. And, even as we grieve and mourn, we must increase exponentially our acts of goodness and kindness.”
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