Temple To Host Candlelight Vigil Tonight In Memory Of Conn. School Shooting Victims

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TOMS RIVER — Rabbi Ellen S. Wolintz-Fields, Cantor Steven Walvick, and Education Director Betty Golub of Congregation B’nai Israel, Toms River, will be holding a community-wide interfaith candlelight vigil Monday, Dec. 17, at 6:45 p.m. on the front lawn of Congregation B’nai Israel, 1488 Old Freehold Road, Toms River, in memory of the children and adults murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School In Newtown, Conn. In the event of rain, the vigil, which should last a half-hour, will take place in the Social Hall of B’nai Israel.

Rabbi Wolintz-Fields said, “There will be prayers, music, words of comfort and solidarity as we all try to wrap our minds, souls and hearts around the horrifying events that took place on Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, at Sandy Hook Elementary School when 20 children and six adults were killed at school during what should have been a usual day of study. We can all identify with the families and their friends who have lost their loved ones in this horrific and unimaginable act of violence.”

Clergy of all faiths have been invited to participate in the vigil along with Toms River Chief of Police Michael Mastronardy; the UU (Unitarian Universalist) Ocean County Congregation and N.J. Minister Betsy Scheuerman, Toms River. Congregation B’nai Israel is an affiliate of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism.

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