WESTFIELD, NJ — A rally already set for Temple Emanu-El in response to acts of hate in the town and surrounding communities gained increased gravity when a 19-year-old man shot up a synagogue in San Diego Saturday night, killing one woman and injuring three others.
Temple Emanu-El Senior Rabbi Douglas Sagal said the community will also march for Lori Kay, the 60-year-old woman killed at Chabad of Poway Saturday, as well as the 11 people killed at The Tree of Life Synagogue shooting in October, the New Zealand mosque massacre in March and the 2015 Charleston, South Carolina, church shooting.
“This march takes on even greater significance after the events of this past Shabbat morning in Poway, California,” Sagal said on Sunday. “We are taking a stand against anti-Semitism, racism, bigotry and hate and declaring that it has no place in our community. The entire community is invited to stand with us against hate.”
The walk will begin in front of Westfield Town Hall, 425 East Broad St., at 6:30 p.m., go down East Broad Street and wrap at 7:30 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El, organizers said.
“Our community stands against bigotry,” said Westfield Mayor Shelley Brindle, who plans to participate in Wednesday’s march. “We will walk alongside our neighbors in support of love and tolerance.”
The temple has asked that any banners carried contain only positive messages reflecting a desire to embrace love and oppose hate. Some examples they provide include “Hate Has No Place Here,” “Love Thy Neighbor as Thyself” and “Love is Stronger than Hate.”
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