A vigil at the Plaza De La Constitucion in St. Augustine, Florida was held on the evening of October 30th, 2018 in honor of those murdered on the previous Saturday at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Rabbi Levi Vogel of St. Augustine’s Chabad synagogue officiated. Among those who also spoke were St. Augustine Mayor Nancy Shaver and City Commissioner Nancy Sikes-Kline.
The last speaker, whose name I unfortunately was not able to write down, is a member of the Islamic Center of St. Augustine. He brought his young daughter with him on the stage, and proceeded to capture the hearts of all in attendance by speaking to the greater need for love, compassion, and understanding of all faiths in the wake of such a tragedy.
Rabbi Vogel finished the service by leading the crowd in an English reading of the Mourner’s Kaddish followed by a reciting of it in Hebrew.
We were miles away from the families of the victims in Squirrel Hill. But our collective hope for an end to senseless gun violence remains as bright as the yahrzeit candles we lit in their honor. May their murders not be in vain.