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MEDIA ADVISORY: CAIR-Kansas, Lawrence Interfaith Organizations to Hold Vigil in Solidarity with Jewish Community

(LAWRENCE, KANSAS, 11/1/18) – Later today, the kansas chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Kansas), a chapter of the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, will join the Lawrence Jewish Community Congregation, Plymouth Congregational Church, Lawrence Peace Mennonite church, and other interfaith organizations at a vigil to express solidarity with the Jewish community in Pittsburgh and nationwide following a deadly attack on a synagogue in that city.

WHAT: Interfaith Community Vigil in support of Jewish community
WHEN: Thursday, November 01, 6 – 8 p.m.
WHERE: Plymouth Congregational Church (UCC) 925
Vermont St., Lawrence, Kansas 66044
CONTACT: CAIR-Kansas Board Chair Moussa Elbayoumy, 785-318-6323, 

Vigil Event Details:

 In a statement, CAIR-Kansas Board Chair Moussa Elbayoumy said:

“We as a community stand together in condemning this abhorrent and cowardly attack on the Jewish community and its house of worship. Our sincere sympathy and condolences go to the Jewish community and specifically to the loved ones of all those who were killed or injured, and we offer our solidarity and support to the Jewish community during this difficult time of grief.” 

In a statement, CAIR-Pittsburgh Program Director Zohra Lasania said:

“We condemn this heinous and cowardly attack on a house of worship, offer heartfelt condolences to the loved ones of all those who were killed or injured and express our solidarity with the Jewish community during this time of shock and grief.”

Whenever we have an opportunity to bring people together for wisdom, for comfort and inspiration, and compassion, we must do so. To be silent is to let evil prevail. As people of every faith and background, we resolve to be in solidarity with one another, to stand together on the side of love.”  Said Plymouth Congregational church Senior Pastor Peter Luckey

The Washington-based civil rights organization is urging all houses of worship and faith-based and advocacy organizations to take extra security precautions as outlined in its “Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety” booklet. The advice in CAIR’s security publication is applicable to all institutions, regardless of organizational mission.

The booklet may be viewed at:

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.


CONTACT: CAIR-Kansas Board Chair Moussa Elbayoumy, 785-318-6323,, Plymouth Congregational Church Senior Pastor Peter Luckey 785-843-3220,, CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,


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