City of Prescott and Jewish Community Foundation To Host Vigil In Support of Pittsburgh Synagogue Victims

The City of Prescott and The Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Prescott will partner to host a Candlelight Vigil on Saturday, November 3 at 6 p.m. at the Yavapai County Courthouse Plaza steps, to honor the victims of the Tree of Life Synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh.

There will be brief remarks by Prescott Mayor Greg Mengarelli, Dr. David Hess, President of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Prescott, and Pastor Dan Storvick, retired minister from The American Lutheran Church of Prescott.  There will also be comments by Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk , and Prescott Valley Mayor Harvey Skoog, followed by a moment of silence, song and prayer.

“Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with the people of Pittsburgh, especially those who were touched by this tragedy,” said Mayor Mengarelli.  “This vigil is our way of showing support for the people of Pittsburgh during this difficult time.”

“The tragedy that played out in Pittsburgh this past Saturday is too horrific to comprehend. To think that innocent people were massacred while engaged in the peaceful worship of their religion is unthinkable,” said Dr. Hess of the Jewish Foundation.  “So many people in our Prescott community have reached out to the Jewish Foundation with their thoughts and prayers and have asked how they can help. I believe this candlelight vigil will be Prescott’s way of saying to the City of Pittsburgh and the victims of this heinous act: We stand with you.”

The vigil, entitled Prescott Stands with Pittsburgh, will begin at 6 p.m., and is scheduled to last about 30 minutes, on the north steps of the Yavapai County Courthouse.