Bend the Arc: Pittsburgh Hosts Havdalah Service and Vigil in Support of Immigrants and Refugees

Bend the Arc: Pittsburgh Steering Committee member Tammy Hepps holds the Havdalah Candle

Bend the Arc: Pittsburgh Steering Committee member Tammy Hepps holds the Havdalah Candle

 

On Saturday night, March 18, 2017, Bend the Arc: Pittsburgh and the Jewish Family & Children’s Service held a community Havdalah service and vigil in support of immigrants and refugees. 

The location of the vigil — on the grounds of Community Day School, next to Gary and Nancy Tuckfelt’s powerful memorial, “Keeping Tabs: A Holocaust Sculpture” — provided a powerful symbolism. It was a chilly night, but our hearts were full, and our spirit kept us warm.



The vigil was filled with songs, prayers, and even surprise visits from public officials, such as Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, City Councilman Daniel Gilman, and Lynda Wrenn and Terry Kennedy of the Pittsburgh Public School Board. The event concluded with a call to action for everyone in attendance to continue supporting immigrants and refugees — because “never again” means “never again” for everyone.

Over 100 people braved the cold weather to stand in solidarity with immigrants and refugees

Over 100 people braved the cold weather to stand in solidarity with immigrants and refugees.

 

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto pays a surprise visit

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto pays a surprise visit.

 

In the crowd: Malke Frank and Julie Webb of the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom, a national partnership of Muslim and Jewish women

In the crowd: Malke Frank and Julie Webb of the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom, a national partnership of Muslim and Jewish women.

 

Rabbis Jamie Gibson and Seth Adelson lead the gathering in song.

Rabbis Jamie Gibson and Seth Adelson lead the gathering in song.

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