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Nov 1, 2018 9:41 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

At Candlelight Vigil On Thursday, Show Of Strength And Unity Is Called The Best Response To Violence

A vigil for the Pittsburgh Jewish community was held on Thursday evening at the Jewish Center of the Hamptons.  DANA SHAW
Nov 5, 2018 12:44 PM

Rabbi Joshua Franklin stood in front of a packed Jewish Center of the Hamptons on Thursday evening and started his remarks with a single word:


The multi-denominational vigil held at Rabbi Franklin’s East Hampton synagogue drew a crowd of at least 500, beyond standing room only. The night was a show of unity and support for the Jewish community, even as those gathered mourned the 11 men and women gunned down at Shabbat services at the Tree of Life Synagogue in suburban Pittsburgh on Saturday, October 27.

Rabbi Franklin admitted he was “quite blown away” by the turnout for the vigil, which was sponsored by synagogues on the South Fork, but also included clergy from throughout East Hampton, Southampton and Riverhead, and a crowd that included dignitaries and people of all faiths.

“The world is much smaller than we think, and I think that’s why we’re all here,” Rabbi Franklin told the gathering. “Being here, we get to see the beauty of community.”

Later, Rabbi Franklin noted that the shootings at the Pittsburgh synagogue were the result of “the hatred of an individual, not of a community.” Citing the chants heard at the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, a year ago—which included antisemitic sentiments, such as “Jews will not replace us” and “Blood and soil”—he noted that the goal is to keep such hatred “marginal” and not allow it to become the “new normal.”

“We will create what’s normal. We are the masses here tonight,” he said, saying responding to acts of violence with what he called “radical community” gatherings, like Thursday’s vigil, was the best answer, and they were happening all over the country.

“Millions of people from all faiths are supporting the Jewish community, and supporting one another. This is the ‘new normal,’” he said.

Rabbi Daniel Geffen of Temple Adas Israel in Sag Harbor noted the diversity of the crowd gathered on Thursday and said, “‘There are no words.’ I’ve uttered this phrase many times in my life, but never so many times as I have in the past few days.” Of the turnout on Thursday, he said, “It’s really touched my heart.”

Rabbi Geffen, at times choking back tears, said the focus of the vigil should be on the 11 victims of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, but he also noted that the incident had the potential to spread fear both in the Jewish community and beyond. He acknowledged, with a breaking voice, that he had worried about his own community and family being “in the crosshairs” in recent days.

“But fear is not what we need right now,” he said. “Fear did not keep us home tonight.” What was important, he said, was to heal, “rise up from the floor” and to “combat the evil growing right under our noses.”

Various members of the South Fork and Riverhead clergy lit individual candles for all 11 victims of the shooting. East Hampton Village Police Chief Michael Tracey led a prayer for law enforcement officers, dedicated to the six officers injured responding to the Tree of Life Synagogue shootings.

East Hampton Village Mayor Paul F. Rickenbach Jr. spoke briefly, noting, “Without rhyme or reason, so many lives were snuffed out by an act of bigotry and hatred.”

He added, “What is it going to take for us to come together with the common thread of humanity as we look ahead? … It’s got to change. … We are all God’s children. Let’s work together to make it a better world.”

Debra Stein, cantor for the Jewish Center of the Hamptons, led the gathered in several songs and prayers, including one, “Tree of Life,” written by musician Nefesh Mountain to commemorate the loss of life at the Pittsburgh synagogue. Its closing lyrics:

“I’m angry and tired of this great divide/but I sing nonetheless with love on our side.”

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These are the real thoughts and prayers.
By tenn tom (259), remsenburg on Nov 2, 18 7:48 AM
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Nataly Mccarthy, shame on you. This article was about a nonpolitical meeting of AMERICANS, of all religions, whose only wish was to honor the memory of those 11 AMERICANS who were murdered in Pittsburgh and seek ways to bring our country together.
Proverbs Chapter 1 Verse9
" He (DJT) that troubles his own house shall INHERIT THE WIND: and the fool (Natalyt ) shall be servant to the wise of heart."
By SpeedRacer (160), Southampton on Nov 2, 18 12:49 PM
By tenn tom (259), remsenburg on Nov 3, 18 6:42 AM
@ nataly mccarthy


A decent woman would have waited at least a few days before finessing this tragedy so crassly.
By highhatsize (4217), East Quogue on Nov 3, 18 9:32 AM
Nataly, come together with you? Still trying to scrape your vile nonsense off my shoes.
By Fred s (3321), Southampton on Nov 3, 18 10:02 AM
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Icecreamman, was jade helm a success? Keep your head down bro, beware of drones. Especially avoid Walmart’s.
By Fred s (3321), Southampton on Nov 3, 18 8:18 AM
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“What is it going to take for us to come together with the common thread of humanity as we look ahead"

I think the turnout indicates what is ahead. Most people are inherently good and kind no matter race, religion or political persuasion. Most people stand in unity against hate, violence and murder.
By auntof9 (159), Southampton on Nov 3, 18 11:20 AM
I agree, "the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.”
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (8265), HAMPTON BAYS on Nov 3, 18 11:45 AM
While this is a heartwarming thing and they type of thing we should see more often to remind us of our humanity, why was there no vigil in our area for the 26 people killed in the church in Southerford Texas? More than twice as many powered killed in their house of worship there yet no one lit a single candle for them out here. I’d hate to think your thoughts and prayers and vigils were only given based upon the victims’ political affiliation...
By localEH (427), East Hampton on Nov 4, 18 10:35 AM
This was a vigil held at a synagogue in honor of 11 Jews that were killed in a synagogue on Shabbat. Where do you see the victims political affiliations listed?
By Pacman (273), Southampton on Nov 5, 18 1:07 PM
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Local, thoughts and prayers go out to all killings. It’s the “go to” thing to say in place of action.
By Fred s (3321), Southampton on Nov 4, 18 10:53 AM
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A swastika has been painted on a Gershon lawn sign in a demonstration of the same hateful bile that drove the Pittsburgh massacre. Reaching a new and very repellent low, Zeldin spokesman Chris Boyle has the gall to accuse Gershon supporters of doing it to gain sympathy.

There are plenty of outrages in the history of Long Island politics, but this is really a ground-breaking departure from common decency. For this very Trumpian attempt to turn the tables, Chris Boyle should become radioactive, ...more
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on Nov 4, 18 7:55 PM
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And how do you like the coat hanger ad, George? Classy? Congressman like?

One of you people ran over my Zeldin sign... classy.
By Draggerman (955), Southampton on Nov 4, 18 9:53 PM
Umm of course Gerson’s minions did it. How is that even doubted by anyone with a shred of common sense. That is exactly the textbook kind of manipulation his supporters think is warranted in their “By any means necessary” mindset.
By localEH (427), East Hampton on Nov 4, 18 10:31 PM
Drag, I know I'm late responding to your comment, but it's been eating at me even though the election's over. The coat hanger ad was a bad idea. It never should have been run, and if Perry Gershon didn't repudiate it, he should have.

That said, you're positing a false equivalency. The coat hanger ad and the swastika defacing aren't even close to the same thing. The coat hanger symbolizes the risky back-alley abortions that Perry Gershon wants to prevent. Crude as it is, it's a pro-people ...more
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on Nov 11, 18 5:30 PM
I was looking at the graffiti on the Gershon campaign sign posted on his Twitter account and I was having a very difficult time seeing a swastika. Maybe I’m missing something??
By Dawn_O (45), Southampton on Nov 11, 18 6:04 PM
When Gershon mailed out the incredibly offensive coat hanger ad, he proved that he's a low life and capable of damn near anything when it comes to attempting tp get elected, a swastika on a sign is possible.
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on Nov 5, 18 5:13 AM
bigfresh The only LOW LIFE besides you is Zeldin and his Neo-Nazi friends TRUMP, BANNON, MILLER, GORKA.
By SpeedRacer (160), Southampton on Nov 6, 18 2:31 PM
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Big duck, of course it’s possible, anything is. But neo nazis are part of your party. They go hand in hand with the white supremists . Don’t try to blame it on someone else , it’s the work of your own people.
By Fred s (3321), Southampton on Nov 5, 18 5:45 AM
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What exactly is a white supremists?
By Bayman3142 (249), Southampton on Nov 5, 18 10:46 AM
So using your logic Bitter Fredy, BLM and ANTIFA mobs , the New Black Panther Party, and the rest of the violent alt left shock troops are YOUR own people. You are truly insane.
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on Nov 5, 18 12:56 PM
Big duck, that’s your logic. I have no clue what your quacking about. I think I sent you an article, which I’m sure you didn’t read. As to the rest of your bs reply, I didn’t comment, I posted an article.
By Fred s (3321), Southampton on Nov 5, 18 1:16 PM
And Louis Farrakhan is a leader in your party, who is loved and admired by so many others in your party's leadership like Obama, Clinton, Waters, Meeks, and Ellison. Meanwhile Mr. Farrakhan just led a chant of "Death to America" and "Death to Israel" in Iran this weekend, while saying he is "anti-termite" referring to Jews as being termites.
By localEH (427), East Hampton on Nov 5, 18 1:19 PM
I don't remember voting for anyone named Louis Farrakhan, what District does he represent? He certainly doesn't represent me.
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (8265), HAMPTON BAYS on Nov 5, 18 1:22 PM
Local, take a deep breath. He has no seat on the local or national Democratic Party. He’s a fringe dweller with no pull or say. Better yet, post an article from a reputable news source that backs up your claim.i think it’s just plain nonsense on your part.
By Fred s (3321), Southampton on Nov 5, 18 1:57 PM
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The article was from a reputable news source that undermined your accusations about BLM. You seem to have clouded judgement when it comes to race.
By Fred s (3321), Southampton on Nov 5, 18 2:03 PM
How about you name a eo nazi white supremacist who currently has a seat on the local or national Republican Party since you are the one who started the conversation that way. An actual one who has proclaimed said position publicly, not just your continued frothy mouthed screeching about Trump. Or do you just want to stick with moving the goalposts and deflecting the discussion to avoid having to acknowledge your party’s own anti-semitism problem. G-d forbid you actually just admit that both ...more
By localEH (427), East Hampton on Nov 5, 18 2:46 PM
Local, I never said that. When neo nazis and other racists are marching with MAGA hats and support trump, you can do the math.im not moving the goal posts. Here’s something, there are d bags in both party’s. Feel better? I’m not a racist or anti- Semitic. I stated the obvious. Farrakhan is an outlier and a dumb a_ _. I never said I liked or admired him.
By Fred s (3321), Southampton on Nov 5, 18 2:53 PM
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Steve King , there’s one white nationalist.
By Fred s (3321), Southampton on Nov 5, 18 2:54 PM
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MAGA hat wearing crowd chanting ,”Jews will not replace us”.remember? Your president said they were fine people. Good group of patriots.
By Fred s (3321), Southampton on Nov 5, 18 5:48 AM
From Vox.......In Virginia, the chair of the state GOP resigned earlier this month, reportedly because of alt-right leaning, pro-Confederate candidate Corey Stewart’s win in the Republican primary. But even Stewart had to disavow Wisconsin’s Paul Nehlen, who is running to replace Speaker Paul Ryan. Nehlen’s too racist for Twitter and even for Gab, the preferred social media platform of the alt-right. Meanwhile, a California Republican running for Congress has been making appearances ...more
By Fred s (3321), Southampton on Nov 5, 18 2:57 PM
You must be talking about Rory Rorhabacher. :)
By tenn tom (259), remsenburg on Nov 6, 18 8:02 AM
I know Dana Rorhabacher is a good Russian
By Fred s (3321), Southampton on Nov 6, 18 8:32 AM
Thoughts and Prayers will not end these murders. Voting out the people who sponsor and support these Neo-Nazi groups is the only way "WE THE PEOPLE" can return World respect for AMERICA. trump, Bannon, Miller, Gorka and Zeldin must be defeated at the polls on Tuesday, November 6.

By SpeedRacer (160), Southampton on Nov 5, 18 5:30 PM
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Who are the elected officials that sponsor and support these "Neo-Nazi groups"? If they can be proven to have done so of course they should be voted out.
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on Nov 6, 18 7:15 AM
Bigfresh I am surprised, or not, that you of all people don't know that your boy Zeldin is supported by the Neo Nazis.. Trump, Bannon, Miller, Gorka. Give us a break, try reading the newspapers.
By SpeedRacer (160), Southampton on Nov 6, 18 2:29 PM
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Go easy on big duck. He only listens to rush, anything else he can’t grasp.
By Fred s (3321), Southampton on Nov 6, 18 2:40 PM
So you're claiming that Trump, Bannon, Miller and Gorka are neo-Nazis??!! Unhinged doesn't begin to describe how insane that statement is. But as a good little alt left robot, you parrot the Party line, Bravo.
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on Nov 6, 18 3:08 PM
Big duck, I wouldn’t call them neo- nazis. I’d call them white nationalist. Not the same , but equally as bad. You asked before,”what’s wrong with being a nationalist?”. Go look back in history, it’s never ended good when nationalist are involved. Keep up your hateful rush jr. comments, your not getting better at them, that’s for sure.FACTS, there big duck, facts in caps to calm you down.
By Fred s (3321), Southampton on Nov 6, 18 3:33 PM
It's not all about you Bitter Freddy, my question was for Speed Racer, the one who posted the psychotic comment.
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on Nov 6, 18 3:37 PM
Hey big duck, this is a public comment thing. You say dumb stuff, you get comments. Relax
By Fred s (3321), Southampton on Nov 6, 18 3:41 PM
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@bigfresh: "Insane"? Hardly, Bub.

By Times of Israel STAFF
14 February 2017, 5:17AM

Sebastian Gorka, left, a top aide to US President Donald Trump, seen on inauguration day wearing the uniform and medal of Vitézi Rend, a Hungarian order of merit with ties to Nazi Germany (Fox News)

A top aide to US President Donald Trump who recently defended the administration’s omission of Jews from a Holocaust Remembrance Day statement has on several occasions worn ...more
By June Bug (2680), SOUTHAMPTON on Nov 6, 18 4:04 PM
Are you sure you're not confusing him with George Soros?
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on Nov 7, 18 6:46 AM
Big duck, conspiracy theory much? The Soros boogeyman conspiracy is the most far fetched one yet.
By Fred s (3321), Southampton on Nov 7, 18 7:10 AM
This district has to get rid of this NO GOOD, TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, VERY BAD NIGHTMARE.

The voters of CD1 are smart and won't be fooled by LEE ZELDIN, who just lies and distracts.


By HamptonClassic (132), Southampton on Nov 5, 18 7:22 PM
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