Children of Abraham to hold vigil for Buffalo on May 13

The Children of Abraham of the Southern Tier will hold a vigil in remembrance of the shooting that occurred at Tops Market in Buffalo last year. The event will take place on Saturday, May 13, at 1 pm, in the first pavilion of Schnurbusch Park, 1171 Conklin Rd., Conklin. The vigil will offer a sharing of prayers for Buffalo, as well as the local community.

“We will be gathering in prayer for Buffalo and Conklin one year after the deadly shooting at the Tops Market in Buffalo,” said Rabbi Barbara Goldman-Wartell, chairwoman of the Children of Abraham of the Southern Tier Planning Group. “We are coming together to join in prayer for an end to hateful violence and for hope and solidarity. Three members of Temple Concord and I went to Buffalo last November with other faith leaders at the invitation of several church leaders of those who were affected by the shooting. The hope was that now that we were connected by the deadly actions of another, we should look at how make our connection a positive and affirming one for both communities.”

Goldman-Wartell added, “This gathering is the next step in our work in this area. We have plans for future steps and continued actions to promote learning and love in our community, and hope to invite a group from Buffalo to our community sometime in the fall. Join us for this event where we’ll share plans for the future.”