Chicago Holds Vigil For Victims Of Tree Of Life Synagogue Shooting

Rob Hart
October 29, 2018 - 10:19 am

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) – They were expecting 800 people, but organizers said about 3,000 people of various faiths and backgrounds gathered Sunday night at Federal Plaza for a memorial service for the victims of the Tree of Life synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh.

The interfaith, inter-community vigil at Federal Plaza on Sunday night was Chicago's way of remembering the 11 people who were shot and killed Saturday at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. Several people spoke expressing outrage at anti-Semitism, as well as homophobia, transphobia, Islamophobia, xenophobia, racism, sexism, and bigotry of all forms. 

Lonnie Nasatir is the Midwest regional director of the Anti-Defamation League. He said society needs to find a way to clamp down on the rise of anti-Semitism.

“We just need the common collective to come together and work on ways we can all come together on issues and causes and not focus on differences, but actually focus on similarities, that’s our strength as a society and as a country,” he said.

Chicago police said they are paying special attention to local synagogues, even though they say they are not aware of any specific threats.