Editor: I wish to express my deepest appreciation to our Loudoun County community who came out in overwhelming numbers for Facing Hate With Faith: A Loudoun Vigil For Pittsburgh in the wake of Saturday’s horrific attack against the Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh.
Over 750 Loudouners came forward to express solidarity with Pittsburgh, and to give voice in our unequivocal rejection of hate. The presence of our state and local elected officials affirmed our American values, regardless of political persuasion, while the presence of law enforcement underscored the truth that the protection of the law is not limited in its application.
The faith communities and leaders who embraced this event helped to make this evening a meaningful statement of what we are about here in Loudoun County. Together we also raised over $2500, already sent to Pittsburgh to provide survivor support for anyone affected by this tragedy who might have that need.
Finally, the special contributions of ADAMS Beat Youth Choir and the St. Andrew Ringers showed the world that Abraham’s children are indeed all family. May we soon see the day when such vigils are no longer needed.
Rabbi David Greenspoon, Congregation Sha’are Shalom