Philadelphia Rabbi Joins Interfaith Vigil for Ferguson


A local Reconstructionist rabbi was among a group of Philly clergy who held a prayer vigil and interfaith dialogue event in solidarity with marchers in Ferguson, Mo.


In solidarity with marchers in Ferguson, Mo., Philadelphia clergy — including a Reconstrutionist rabbi — held a prayer vigil and interfaith dialogue event Wednesday at Living Water United Church of Christ.

The interfaith groups PICO National Network and Pennsylvanians Organized to Witness, Empower and Rebuild organized the vigil in conjunction with the march in suburban St. Louis, where an unarmed teenager was shot and killed by a police officer on Aug. 9.

The marchers were calling for an expedited grand jury hearing to indict Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot Michael Brown; the arrest of Wilson; a special prosecutor for the case; and a thorough investigation into the continued racial profiling reported by the NAACP in St. Louis County in the past year, according to a news release.

Rabbi Linda Holtzman of the Tikkun Olam Chavurah, a group which pursues social justice, was among the clergy who spoke at the vigil.


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