At Beth Chayim Chadashim, remembering the victims of Pulse with prayers and tears

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The Jewish Journal covered the LGBT Jewish community’s Candlelight Vigil for Orlando at Beth Chayim Chadashim that took place June 13. See photos taken by our community members below.

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Candlelight Vigil at Beth Chayim Chadashim (photo by Victor Lamkay)

There were tears. There was solidarity. There was singing. There was hope. There was love.

More than 100 people gathered at Beth Chayim Chadashim (BCC) for a vigil held in honor of the victims of the June 12 shooting at an LGBTQ nightclub in Orlando. Police officers stood outside the synagogue, as did security guards. People were given name tags as they came in so it could be verified that they had gone through the security.

“Seeing cops here is both disturbing and reassuring,” said Steve Bryan, a member of BCC.

Interspersed between singing led by BCC’s Cantor Juval Porat, religious leaders from churches and synagogues around the city spoke to the audience, giving voice to feelings and thoughts of those gathered.

“Bullets cannot stop love,” said Rabbi Heather Miller of BCC. “Bullets won’t make us [the LGBTQ community] disappear. Bullets aren’t stronger than love. … Now, we must answer the question: Is our love stronger than bullets?”

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Candlelight Vigil at Beth Chayim Chadashim (photo by Victor Lamkay)

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Candlelight Vigil at Beth Chayim Chadashim (photo by Victor Lamkay)

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Candlelight Vigil at Beth Chayim Chadashim (photo by Victor Lamkay)

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Candlelight Vigil at Beth Chayim Chadashim (photo by Victor Lamkay)

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Candlelight Vigil at Beth Chayim Chadashim (photo by Victor Lamkay)

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Candlelight Vigil at Beth Chayim Chadashim (photo by Davi Cheng)

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Candlelight Vigil at Beth Chayim Chadashim (photo by Davi Cheng)

One Comment on “At Beth Chayim Chadashim, remembering the victims of Pulse with prayers and tears”

  • Aviyah Farkas June 18, 2016 pm30 5:29 pm . Reply

    Great photos! Thank you Davi and Victor.
    And I’m sorry that Marsha and I couldn’t be there.
    We were driving home from a Cal Poly SLO graduation.
    Thank you all for showing support!

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