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Candlelight Vigil for Conn. Victims to Be Held In Toms River Monday

Vigil will be at 6:45 p.m. on the front lawn of Congregation B’nai Israel, 1488 Old Freehold Rd.

A community interfaith candlelight vigil will be held Monday night in Toms River in memory of the children and adults killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School In Newtown, Conn.

The vigil will be held at 6:45 p.m. on the front lawn of Congregation B’nai Israel, 1488 Old Freehold Rd. Rabbi Ellen S. Wolintz-Fields, Cantor Steven Walvick and Education Director Betty Golub, of Congregation B’nai Israel in Toms River, will be presiding.

In the event of rain, the vigil, which should last a half-hour, will take place in the Social Hall of B’nai Israel.

“There will be prayers, music, words of comfort and solidarity as we all try to wrap our minds, souls and hearts around the horrifying events that took place on Friday, December 14, 2012, at Sandy Hook Elementary School when 20 children and six adults were killed at school during what should have been a usual day of study.  We can all identify with the families and their friends who have lost their loved ones in this horrific and unimaginable act of violence," said Wolintz-Fields.

Clergy of all faiths have been invited to participate in the vigil along with Toms River Chief of Police Michael Mastronardy; the UU (Unitarian Universalist) Ocean County Congregation and N.J. Minister Betsy Scheuerman, Toms River.

Congregation B'nai Israel is an affiliate of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism.

For more information, call Congregation B’nai Israel at 732-349-1244.

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