October 29, 2018
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo, Rabbi Angela Buchdahl Along with Wide Representation of New York Religious Leaders Join in Interfaith Prayer Vigil, Call for Peace and Civility

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Following Deadliest Assault on Jewish Community in US History, Central Synagogue hosts the Governor and New York Interfaith leaders including Cardinal Dolan, Reverend Amy Butler, Pastor Amandus Derr, Rabbi Chaim Steinmetz


Central Synagogue clergy, alongside Cardinal Dolan and a wide representation of New York religious leaders, will host an Interfaith Prayer Vigil with Governor Andrew Cuomo, on Tuesday October 30th at 8:15 PM. We come together in solidarity following a week of violent hate crimes, including the deadliest assault on the Jewish community in U.S. history. The service will bring together interfaith members from across the state who will gather to honor the victims of the attack and join Governor Cuomo in his call for peace and civility.


"The past week has been frightening and atrocious on a very basic level, but New Yorkers stand together stronger than ever before," Governor Cuomo said. "In New York, we know our diversity is our greatest strength and we reject the hate, anger and division that is boiling over into violence. In this dark hour we come together to remind all New Yorkers that whatever your religion, race or creed, we are one and we are indivisible. I will do everything in my power to ensure our religious institutions will be free from violence and intolerance."


"We are devastated by this violent act of hatred and antisemitism," said Rabbi Angela Buchdahl. "This is not who we are as people of faith or as Americans. It is particularly important that we come together in times like this across lines of faith and race to heal the divisions and polarization of our nation. We are honored that our Governor will stand with us in this call for Unity."


Doors will open at 7:45 PM and the service will begin at 8:15 PM in Central's Sanctuary at 652 Lexington Avenue. 


On Sunday, Governor Cuomo directed that flags on all state government buildings be flown at half-staff beginning Monday, October 29 until sunset on Sunday, November 4 in honor of the victims of the shootings at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh and at a supermarket in Jeffersontown, Kentucky. The Governor also issued a call for peace and civility following a week of horrific shootings and attempted bombings.

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