Los Alamos Shows Support For Threatened Jewish Communities Across U.S. At Tonight’s Candlelight Vigil

Since Jan. 1, 77 Jewish Community Centers (JCCs) — nearly half of all JCCs in the United States — have received bomb threats, as have eight Jewish schools. Jewish cemeteries in St. Louis, Philadelphia and Rochester, New York have been vandalized. And a bullet was fired into the window of a (thankfully, empty) synagogue classroom in Evansville, Ind. This surge of anti-semitic acts has left many American Jews, including members of the Los Alamos Jewish community, feeling new anxieties about their own safety and the safety of their communal institutions. To show support for their fellow Jewish communities across the country, and to show their determination to stand fast in the face of hatred, the Los Alamos Jewish Center held a Candellight Vigil this evening. The vigil followed a brief prayer service. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
Participants in the Candlelight Vigil read the names of the more than 70 cities, including, Albuquerque, where Jewish community centers, houses of worship and schools have received threats, and cemetaries have been vandalized. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
Sy Stange, left, leader of the service and vigil, lights the candle of vigil participant Heather McClenahan. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
Lighted candles. More than 100 people turned out for the Candlelight Vigil at the Los Alamos Jewish Center. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
Refreshments were served after the Vigil. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com