CRANFORD, NJ – Temple Beth-El Mekor Chayim will host a “take back the light” vigil this weekend to “sing, talk and act to bring more light into our community,” according to event organizer Becca Reissman.

The vigil is open to everyone and will be attended by members from other houses of worship in Cranford and neighboring towns, Reissman said.

“Our time together will end with havdalah, the Jewish ceremony marking the end of Shabbat,” Reissman said. “This ceremony uses a braided candle which represents unity and people coming together.”

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The vigil is one of many occurring throughout the country after a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia ended in violence last Saturday. A 32-year-old counter protestor, Heather Heyer, was killed. Two state troopers also died in a helicopter crash while patrolling the area.

The vigil will be held outside Temple Beth-El Mekor Chayim on Saturday, August 19, at 8 p.m. Those with questions can contact Reissman at or email