The Interfaith Solidarity Network in the San Fernando Valley is holding its third annual unity march on Sunday (Oct. 27), just weeks after a Northridge synagogue was struck with vandalism.
“We are naturally feeling violated and concerned,” said Cantor Ken Cohen with Temple Ahavat Shalom in Northridge.
Cohen’s synagogue was found vandalized on Sept. 18 with a message on a welcome sign that declared “six million $ was not enough” — an apparent reference to the 6 million Jews who were killed in the Holocaust, the Interfaith Solidarity Network said in a statement. The police investigated the incident as a possible hate crime.
Temple Ahavat Shalom will be participating in the solidarity march this Sunday. To Cohen, the march is an event where “similarities are celebrated and differences are respected.”
“We march because we know we can learn form each other,” he said.
The 1.4-mile march will begin at 2 p.m. at Valley Beth Israel in Sun Valley. Participants will make stops along the way at St. Genevieve Catholic Church and Panorama Presbyterian Church. Muslims for Progressive Values, the Sikhs of Los Angeles and Radha Govind Dham Los Angeles will be participating.
For Steve Jerbi, who is the chair of the Interfaith Solidarity Network, the march is the cornerstone event of the Interfaith Solidarity Network. Labor groups, atheists and a range of religious congregations participate.
Last year, the march had been planned in advance on Oct. 28, which coincidentally took place a day after the mass shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue that left 11 people dead in Pittsburgh. Hundreds turned out for the event.
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Source: Religion News Service