JCRC plans interfaith vigil tonight at CRC

The Jewish Community Relations Council has organized an “Interfaith Vigil to Lament Violence” at 5 p.m. Sunday, July 10 at Central Reform Congregation, 5020 Washington Blvd.

A JCRC Facebook post describes the vigil as a chance to “come together in prayer and solidarity to lament the violence that has plagued our communities. We stand together in love for one another to combat the hate, united in our commitment to create a more just and peaceful world.”

On Friday afternoon, JCRC and the Jewish Federation of St. Louis released a joint statement on the shootings in Dallas. The full statement is included below:

The Jewish community of St. Louis is horrified by the painful and tragic violence that has terrorized our nation.


Yesterday, during a peaceful gathering in Dallas to protest the shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, snipers shot 12 police officers, killing five. A civilian in the crowd of almost 1,000 people was also wounded. We pray for the victims, their families, their colleagues, their friends and our entire nation. We mourn, together with those also mourning in cities across America.

Police officers are, and have always been, our first line of defense. They risk their lives every day of the week, every hour of the day, to keep our communities safe. It is impossible to sufficiently convey our gratitude to all of the individuals who are willing to sacrifice their own safety for that of the people around them. We must never question our unwavering support for those who serve and protect.

We must work together to end this cycle of fear, hatred and brutality. This is not a time for debate but a time for fellowship and healing. We cannot respond to violence with more violence. We must respond to violence with deeper love for one another. Only then can we make peace a reality.