A unity vigil filled the pews and then some at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Cold Spring on Saturday (Nov. 10). Organized by the Philipstown Reform Synagogue in response to a shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue that left 11 people dead, as well as anti-Semitic graffiti more recently spray-painted on a Nelsonville home, the event brought together leaders of Jewish, Christian and Buddhist congregations. Cold Spring Mayor Dave Merandy also spoke and Dar Williams led the audience in singing “This Land Is Your Land” and “America the Beautiful.”

Earlier this month, religious leaders in Beacon hosted a unity event in response to anti-Semitic fliers posted outside two churches in the city.

Cold Spring photos by Ross Corsair | Beacon photos by Frank Ritter/Ritterphoto.com

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