Shir Shalom to host interfaith vigil for Pittsburgh shooting victims Monday night

Congregation Shir Shalom will hold an interfaith vigil at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29 to honor the 11 people killed in a mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Saturday.

“This will be an opportunity to gather and find strength together, to pray as a community for the speedy recovery of those injured, to express our concern and outrage, and to mourn the senseless killing of eleven innocent people,” said Rabbi David Reiner in an email.

The event is open to all members of the community.

Selectwoman Barbara Manners suggested the nation’s lack of gun control laws is partly to blame for the mass shooting.

“But not in our lifetimes have we ever had leaders of our country who so relished stirring up divisiveness and fear,” she said.

“Whereas the fuel has always been there, now we have the match. And the flames are spreading faster than many of us thought possible just a few years ago.”

Reiner said that the Ridgefield Police Department have increased their patrols around the synagogue, which is located on Peaceable Street.

He said they “continue to assess” security at the synagogue.

Manners urged residents to get out and vote on Election Day, which is Tuesday, Nov. 6.

“We must change many of our leaders and we must restrict the use of weapons now enabling their followers. We need to restore civility, decency and compassion to our country,” she said.