Leaders of South Orange and Maplewood’s religious communities as well as elected leaders participated in a vigil against hate and Islamophobia on Monday, March 18, in response to the shooting deaths on Friday of at least 50 people at two New Zealand mosques by a self-described white nationalist.
One man holding a small child said he was a member of the Islamic Center of Union County and that he came to the vigil to see how his new community was reacting. The man said he was proud of South Orange-Maplewood’s response.
Photos by Joy Yagid.
Order of speakers courtesy of Township Committeeman Dean Dafis:
7:00 pm – Welcome (Mayors De Luca, Collum; MTC; SOBOT; County Reps; LD27 Reps; Gov/Reps)
7:05 pm – Marcia Bloomberg (SOMA Action Religious Justice Committee, ) & Nada Alzoubi (first Muslim American elected Maplewood District Leader)
7:10 pm – Imams Ashraf Latif, Daud Haqq (NIA Masjid & Community Center in Newark); any reps from Islamic Center of Union County
7:15 pm – Mohamed Elshekh (VP, Seton Hall University Muslim Student Association)
7:20 pm – Rabbi Jesse Olitzky & Rabbi Rachel Marder (Congregation Beth El), Rabbi Mark Cooper (Oheb Shalom), Rev. Brenda Ehlers (Morrow Church)
7:25 pm – Closing remarks by Abdul-Amil Mubarak-Rowe (Communications Director, Council on Islamic American Relations – CAIR)