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Chicago vigil to mourn victims of Tel Aviv center shooting

The gathering will be from 7 to 8 p.m., Monday, Aug. 10 at Emanuel Congregation

Congregation Or Chadash and members of the greater Chicago Jewish community will mourn the victims of the murderous rampage at a Tel Aviv GLBT community youth center and pray for the wounded. The gathering will be 7 to 8 p.m., Monday, Aug. 10 at Emanuel Congregation, 5959 N. Sheridan Road, Chicago.

Similar gatherings have been held in Israel and around the United States. Sponsors (still in formation) of this Chicago program include Congregation Or Chadash, Emanuel Congregation and the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who today visited the scene of Saturday evening's attack, said, "While…all murders are shocking, these were particularly so. The fact that somebody entered a youth center and perpetrated a serial murder qualified the events as a terrorist attack.” Netanyahu rejected "gratuitous hatred" and acknowledged that the gay community has special needs, expressing his desire to promote openness and sensitivity."

"While murdering anyone is of course abominable, this one, involving teens and magnified by the specter of anti-gay hate as the motivation, is especially atrocious and contemptible," said JCRC Chair Midge Perlman Shafton. "We mourn for the victims, extend our condolences to their families and friends and have every confidence that Israeli law enforcement will leave no stone unturned in the pursuit of the perpetrator."

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