The Beth Jacob synagogue and the Regina Multi-Faith Forum plan on staging a vigil for the victims of the deadly synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh last weekend where 11 people were shot to death with another six injured.
Beth Jacob rabbi Jeremy Parnes says the event is not just for the Regina Jewish community, but for all Reginans with the message being hate crimes are something which should no longer be accepted.
The event is scheduled to go at Regina City Hall on Thursday at 5 with a book being sent to the Pittsburgh Jewish community along with donations to help those who were injured. It is one of many vigils being held across Canada which is something Parnes says is a form of unity.
Parnes also has a personal connection to what happened. A good friend and colleague of his was someone who was supposed to be at the synagogue when the shootings happened, but he was running late and got to the building to see the aftermath first-hand and help those in need.