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UPDATE 12:19 p.m. - A vigil will be held at Chico's Congregation Beth Israel tonight (Sunday) at 7:00 p.m. They are located at 1336 Hemlock Street in Chico.
From Facebook posting to members of Congregation Beth Israel (CBI) in Chico, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018 from Rabbi Sara Abrams:
The news coming out of Pittsburgh this morning is heartbreaking. Jews attending Shabbat morning services were ruthlessly attacked during worship. Reports detail as many as ten people have lost their lives including parents, children, and first responders. This is devastating news for all of us.
We pray for the families, the victims, the injured, and first responders, and all those who were put in harms way. We wish that we lived in a world where schools, synagogues, churches, and mosques did not need to have active shooting drills to prepare for moments like these, and that our world stage would be dominated by acts of love not senseless acts of hatred.
Although we have no reason to believe that we are in danger in Chico, CBI security committee and board will be brainstorming ways we can make our building more secure. Just today while I was in the office Chico PD stopped by to offer their support and protection. Some of you may have noticed guards at the High Holy Days and other larger CBI events -- this will be a service we continue to provide.
Although perpetrators of hate and fear may want to keep us from feeling safe in our homes and houses of worship, let us not allow fear to keep us from gathering together in our synagogue. Let us make sure to speak out against hatred, bigotry, and violence when we encounter it. We can also make sure to contact our legislators and insist that they do not participate in the rhetoric that stirs up hate in our country. If they do -- we hold them accountable.
Each of us has the power to be an agent if change - to promote love, tolerance and understanding in a world that seems to be feeding off of hatred and bigotry. Speak out, vote, do what you can to eradicate hate and respond to those who perpetrate it - but we can also show people another way - a way of inclusion, love and fellowship for people of all faiths, races, ethnicities, sexual orientations - for all of God's children.
NOW WITH VIDEO - Here is the link to the latest information on the mass shooting at the synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Watch video above to hear Cecile Juliette's interview with Rabbi Sara Abrams of Chico's Congregation Beth Israel. She said some security measures are already in place at the local synagogue during the High Holidays.
CHICO, Calif. - Chico's Congregation Beth Israel had a visit from Chico Police Chief Mike O'Brien Saturday morning to check on their welfare, and their security.
Rabbi Sara Abrams will be on our 6:00 p.m. newscast with anchor Cecile Juliette to talk about the congregation's security concerns and to respond to this morning's mass casualty shooting at a Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Please read the sidebar article. It contains Rabbi Sara's printed response to the incident, which was shared with her congregation on their Facebook page.
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