Vigils scheduled around the Valley for victims of Pittsburgh synagogue massacre

PHOENIX (KSAZ) -- In response to the mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue over the weekend, religious leaders from all faiths, elected leaders and community members are gathering together across the country, including those in the Valley.

Local leaders say they want to show solidarity and condemn violence, while honoring the victims. There will be several vigils taking place in the Valley on Monday and Tuesday, including a "Service of Hope, Healing and Peace" at Congregation Beth Israel in Scottsdale, an event at Arizona State University's campus in Tempe, and a vigil scheduled at the Jewish Heritage Center on Tuesday.

"Oftentimes, I think we go about our lives without contemplating how many people are suffering and how much evil there is and what we, as American Jews, human beings can do for each other," said Rabbi Stephen Kahn with Congregation Beth Israel.

Organizers of the vigil at the Jewish Heritage Center say it will be a a bigger remembrance ceremony, with folks from all religious groups.

14 months ago, there was a rally at the same site, which was held to honor the victims of the tragedy in Charlottesville.

Former Tempe City Councilmember David Schapira, who is also a board member of the the Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center, is busy prepping for the vigil.

"I've felt incredibly supported, received text messages and messages on Facebook, just offering their condolences to the Jewish community in general," said Schapira, who will be joined by members with the Anti-Defamation League, the Jewish Confederation of Greater Phoenix, Valley Interfaith Project, and others.

"It is sad and unfortunate, devastating in fact, to have to bring this group back together again just over a year later to honor 11 more Jewish-Americans who have lost their lives because of hateful violence and antisemitic acts," said Schapira.

For those who want to attend, Schapira says there will be police presence at the vigil, so folks don't have to be concerned about safety. The event is set for 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday.